Khaiyom Khojaev was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. At the age of 13, Khaiyom was accepted in the Perm State Choreographic College. He studied there for eight years and learned from some of Russia’s finest teachers. In 2016, Khaiyom competed in the Arabesque Ekaterina Maximova Ballet Competition. Khaiyom joined Richmond Ballet II in August 2016 and is thrilled to have been part of the main company since 2018. During his time at Richmond Ballet, Khaiyom has had the great privilege of working with choreographers such as Ma Cong, Val Caniparoli, Nicolo Fonte, Katarzyna Skarpetowksa, Malcolm Burn, and Stoner Winslett. Likewise, he has had the opportunity to perform in various masterworks such as Jerome Robbins’ In the Night and Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes. In the past two years, Khaiyom has also had the honor of being invited to dance at the World Ballet Competition All Star Gala performance where he performed works by Ma Cong.
Education & Training
Perm State Choreographic College in Perm, Russia.
Professional Experience / Career Highlights
Richmond Ballet II.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
I always loved to dance and I was happy to accept the opportunity to study dance in a different country.
What is your favorite role that you’ve performed?
The second pas de deux in In the Night, Ershter Vals, and Chiaroscuro.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I love that there are so many kind and caring people around me always.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I love that the James River runs through the entire city; it’s a very beautiful river.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
When I’m not working, I enjoy relaxing and enjoying my life outside of the “ballet world”.
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The Artistic Staff at Richmond Ballet is made up of international professionals who each bring incredible talent, expertise, and credentials to their respective roles. With impressive backgrounds and world experience, they offer a unique perspective that has helped shape our organization over the years. For over 40 years, Stoner Winslett has served as the founding Artistic Director of Richmond Ballet, the first major company of professional dancers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is one of the longest tenured artistic directors of a major ballet company and one of the country’s few female artistic directors. In June 2020, acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong joined Richmond Ballet as its first ever Associate Artistic Director.