Principal Danseur Denis Panchenko comes to Moscow Ballet from the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and from 2010 to 2014 he was a member of the Donetsk National Academic Opera and Ballet under Master Teacher A.B. Solovyanenko. In 2015, Panchenko was invited to become Principal Danseur with Kharkov National Opera and Ballet Theatre under Master Teacher N.V. Lisenko and toured France, Germany and Belgium with that company. His repertoire includes Principal roles in Swan Lake as Prince Zigfried and the Pas de Trois; Spartacus as Crassus, Notre Dame as Claude (staged by E. Hasyanovoy), in Giselle as Count Albrecht; Grand Pas de Deux in Corsair; in Chipolino as Count Cherry; Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty; Chopiniana lead danseur and more. He graduated in 2009 from the prestigious School of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Kiev in the class of master teacher N.V. Abramenko.
The National Opera and Ballet Theatre was established in 1867 and is known as a leader in the performing arts from as early as 1910 when Mikhail Mordkin, a soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet gave performances with Art Nouveau approaches and containing Spanish and Oriental themes. The National Theatre was also home to Bronislava Nijinska, sister of Vaslav Nijinsky, who founded a modernist dance school there. Her husband, as Artistic Director of the National Theatre, also made an influential step forward in Kiev's dance culture, exposing artists there to the avant garde ideas and ways of Western Europe. Panchenko is a student of this great ballet history and his impressive performances are testimony to that historic education.