Affectionately known as Mr. Valeri, Dr. Tchekachev brings a wealth of dance and choreographic experience to his teaching.
He started his career at the age of five, in the Children's Ballet Studio in the town of Samara. After that, in the Theatre of Ballet and Opera in Samara he played the principal roles in Nutcracker, Laurencia, and many other pieces. Upon graduating from the Perm Ballet Academy, he was accepted by the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in a special class for the top ten applicants in the world. Among his instructors were Alexander Pushkin, Boris Bregvadze, Fea Balabina, Tatiana Vecheslova, Nikolai Serebrennikov, Uliy Placht, Ludmila Sacharova, Kirill Shmorgoner, and Ninel Pidemskaya.
Upon graduating, he worked at Jacobson's Russian State Academic Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg for over 20 years, and performed many solo and principal roles. He performed on stages across Russia and in 46 countries around the world. He worked with distinguished choreographers like Leonid Jakobson, Konstantin Rassadin, Vladimir Budarin, Pavel Schmok, George Alexidze, Laslo Sheregy, and Natalia Volkova.
He has also appeared in such movies as The Prince and the Pauper , Story of the Soldier, Theme with Variations, Ballet Miniatures, and Nocturne.
He graduated from the St. Peterburg State Theatre Arts Academy, the State Medical College, and the State Economic Academy. In 1971, he started teaching students at a ballet school in St. Petersburg. He taught at different school after that, and choreographed many ballet productions.
Ms. Tchekacheva was born in St. Petersburg and from an early age received a comprehensive arts and humanities education at the Saint Petersburg Ballet School under its world-renowned teachers and choreographers. At the Vaganova Ballet School Ms. Tchekacheva broadened her studies to include the history of art and theater. Her instructors included F. Balabina and Olga Yordan, who was one of Agippina Vaganova’s best and favorite students. In 1975 Ms. Tatiana was a finalist in the Moscow International Ballet Competition.
In 1981 Ms. Tchekacheva received an honorary diploma and title of laureate for her dance achievements from the USSR ministry of culture. During her tenure as a principal at the Russian Theatre of Ballet directed by Leonid Jakobson she danced leads in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Shopeniana, Markitantka, La Bayadere and many more.
During their careers together Dr. and Ms. Tchekachev have had the opportunity to prepare numerous dancers for national and international competition. They have had students place in the finals in competitions in New York, Helsinki and Moscow and at the Youth American Grand Prix. Their students have also been accepted to many summer intensive programs including The Bolshoi Ballet.
Tchekachevs bring to North County Classical Ballet the artistic and
technical elegance of the Vaganova Syllabus. Their expertise and
knowledge will prove an asset to any dancer.