PD Artistic Faculty
Leonid Khrapunsky was born in Ukraine and started training in Israel with the Valery Panov Ballet School at the age of 10, after which he continued professional training with the Ellison Ballet School in NYC. While in New York City, he also participated at the YAGP finals in 2012 and 2013.
Upon graduation, Mr. Khrapunsky was accepted into the Oklahoma City Ballet under director Robert Mills where he performed a wide range of classical and contemporary works, including Rubies by George Balanchine and Dear Miss Cline by Amy Seiwert. In 2016, he was hired as a soloist with the Yacobson Ballet Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Among his many credits, Mr. Khrapunsky’s repertoire includes: the Jester in Swan Lake, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Puss in the Boots in The Sleeping Beauty (choreography by Jean-Guillaume Bart), and Sancho Panza in Don Quixote (choreography by Johan Kobborg). Mr. Khrapunsky has also performed in numerous theatres, including the Mariinsky Theate and the Bolshoi Theater, and has performed throughout France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Morocco, and Italy. In 2019, he became a guest artist with Sergei Polunin and performed in Johan Kobborg’s production of Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall.
Mr. Khrapunsky graduated with a bachelor’s pedagogy degree at the Vaganova Academy and is a certified ballet teacher with the ABT curriculum training program.
He was recently a ballet master at the Yacobson Ballet Theatre and worked with the artists on various classical repertoire. He is thrilled to be now joining the faculty at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division.