Sascha Radetsky

Sascha Radetsky

photo credit: Renata PavamSascha Radetsky was born in Santa Cruz, California, and began his ballet studies in the San Francisco Bay Area with Damara Bennett and Ayako Takahashi. At the age of 15, he was invited to study with Pyotr Pestov at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. After a year in Russia, he studied at the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC, under Roudolf Kharatian and Andrei Garbouz, and toured with the Kirov Ballet in the United States and internationally. He also studied at the summer programs of the School of American Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet School, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Colorado, and with Mikhail Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre’s School of Classical Ballet.

Radetsky joined American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet in 1996, was promoted to soloist in 2003, and retired from the company in 2014. His repertoire with ABT included Franz in Coppelia, Her Prince Charming in Cinderella, Lankendem and Birbanto in Le Corsaire, Espada and Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, Hilarion and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Lescaut and the Jailer in Manon, Tybalt, Paris, and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Benno and von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Camille in The Merry Widow, Iago in Othello and The Moor’s Pavane, Orion in Sylvia, Gaston in Lady of the Camellias, the Cavalier and the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker, Petrouchka in Petrouchka, the second and third sailors in Fancy Free, the Champion Roper in Rodeo, the pas de deux boy in Etudes, Accordionist in The Bright Stream, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy in Company B, the Pastor in Fall River Legend, the Warrior Chieftain in Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, Rabbit in Rabbit and Rogue, the third movement pas de deux from Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, the pas deux from Clear, the central pas de duex from The Leaves are Fading, and leading roles in Thais Pas de Deux, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, In the Upper Room, Petite Mort, Sechs Tanze, Dark Elegies, Offenbach in the Underworld, Troika, C to C: A Tribute to Chuck Close, Symphony in C, Symphony #9, and Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.

In 2008, Radetsky joined the Dutch National Ballet as a principal dancer, where his repertoire included Albrecht in Giselle, Basilio in Don Quixote, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Sanguinic in The Four Temperaments, The Son in Prodigal Son, the Prince in Nutcracker and Mouse King, the pas deux boy in Etudes, and the central pas de deux from Concertante.

Radetsky has performed in galas and festivals around the world, as a guest principal with companies such as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Berlin Staatsballett, Ballet San Jose, Ballet do Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and with troupes such as Ethan Stiefel’s Stiefel and Stars, Benjamin Millipied’s Danses Concertantes, and Daniel Ulbricht’s Stars of American Ballet. He has danced the works of choreographers such as George Balanchine, Fredrick Ashton, Michel Fokine, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Stanton Welch, William Forsythe, Benjamin Millipied, Kenneth MacMillan, Twyla Tharp, Jose Limon, Harald Lander, Antony Tudor, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Ann Reinking, Jorma Elo, Hans Van Manen, Jiri Kylian, Clark Tippet, Marcelo Gomes, and John Neumeier. He has created roles in ballets by Tharp, Morris, Welch, Elo, Millipied, Wheeldon, Gomes, and Ratmansky.

Radetsky has taught ballet for institutions such as American Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, the Youth America Grand Prix, the New Mexico School of the Arts, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, ASH Productions, Broadway Dance Center, the Dallas Conservatory, and the New York City Dance Alliance. He studied at Long Island University and St. Mary’s College, and has lectured at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and at ABT’s JKO School. He has choreographed for Bucknell University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and for a commercial for Under Armour, the athletic wear company. He is a repetiteur-in-training with The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust, and was a fall 2015 artistic fellow at New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts. He has written for Vogue.com, Newsweek, Dance Magazine, Shinshokan Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, and WorldArtsToday.com.

Radetsky starred in the movies Center Stage and Center Stage 3, and in the Starz television series Flesh and Bone.