Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, teacher and choreographer-restorer, laureate of the “Ballet” magazine award, “The soul of the dance” in the “Dance master” nomination, laureate of the Highest theatre award of Saint Petersburg “The Golden Spotlight”, Associate Professor at the Department of Choreography and Ballet Studies of The Moscow State Academy of Choreography.
Yury Burlaka was born in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow State College of Choreography in 1986, he studied at P. Pestov’s workshop. From 1993 to 1996 he had been studying choreography at the Choreography department in the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (V. Gordeev’s workshop), then he transferred to the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, he graduated from it in 1999 with the speciality teacher-choreographer. Later that year he wrote a textbook titled “Musical lessons in classical dancing”. In 2000 Yury Burlaka and German Pribyilov co-published a piano score of musical numbers for the ballet “Paquita”, that has survived to our days, and notes of choreographic texts by M. Petipa.
In 2003 he was appointed an Associate Professor at the Department of Choreography and Ballet Studies of the Academy of Choreography and he was teaching the subject called “The classical heritage and ballet repertoire of the theatre’. Since 2006 he has been working as a director and choreographer at the Theatre “Russian Ballet”, in April 2007 he was appointed its art director. In 2007 he wrote a textbook on “The classical heritage and ballet repertoire of the XVIII-XX centuries theatre”. In 2015 he was appointed deputy director of the methodological department of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.
In 2008 Yury Burlaka worked as a choreographer at the Bolshoi Theatre. From 2009 to 2011 its ballet company has been under his artistic leadership.
As a choreographer he took part in a series of classical ballet performances and in the evening programs of ancient choreography art at various Russian theatres such as the Bolshoi Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, M.I. Glinka Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre and in the theatres of different countries all over the world. He participated in the international conferences on the problem of classical ballet heritage preservation. He is also a member of the L.Minkus International Society.
As a dancer he performed solo parts in the next theatricals: The Nutcracker Prince in the ballet “The Nutcracker” by P. Tchaikovsky; Prince Dezire and the Bluebird in the ballet “Sleeping Beauty" by P. Tchaikovsky; Von Rothbart (Pas de trois) in the ballet “Swan Lake” by P. Tchaikovsky; Count Albrecht in the ballet “Giselle” by A.Adam; Franz in the ballet “Coppelia” by L.Delibes; James (pas de deux) in the ballet “The Sylph” by J.Schneitzhöeffer; Pier (pas de deux) in the ballet “The Cavalry Holt” by J.Armsheimer; Zefir (choreographic suite “Dance of the Hours” from the opera “The Fighting Prince” by A.Ponchielli; Soloist in the ballet “Chopiniana” to the music by F. Chopin; Shah Zaman in the symphonic suite “Scheherazade” to the music by N.Rimsky-Korsakoff; Soloist (Grand pa in the ballet “Paquita” by L.Minkus; Time in the ballet “Cinderella” by S.Prokofiev.
Yury Burlaka staged “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” by P. Tchaikovsky, “Corsair” by A.Adam, “Don Quixote” by L.Minkus, “Esmeralda” by C.Pugni, “Coppelia” by L.Delibes “Little Humpbacked Horse, or Tsar Maiden” by C.Pugni, R.Drigo, B.Asafyev, “The Cavalry Holt” by J.Armsheimer, “Paquita” by E.Deldevez and L.Minkus, “The Awakening of Flora” by R.Drigo, etc.
In August 2017 he was appointed the chief choreographer of Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.