About Us

Family pic color 2012 #3_2Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy, founded by Artur Sultanov and wife, Cynthia, fosters an appreciation for ballet as an art form and provides superior classical ballet training. Mr. Sultanov is currently a Principal Dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre. His professional career spans over thirteen years beginning in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia. Our academy’s goal is to train dedicated, young students seeking a career in dance. Artur Sultanov’s teaching method is designed to encourage dancers to develop their individual strengths, help them build their technique, and inspire artistic interpretation. Graduating students of Russian Ballet Academy will be guided through the process of obtaining a profession in dance. Our rigorous training program promises to produce dancers of the highest quality, both technically and artistically. We welcome students of all ages and skill levels and seek to provide professional training in a fun, nurturing environment. In the Summer of 2012, the Academy opened its second location at 1167 McVey Ave Lake Oswego, OR 97034.


Artur Sultanov, Artistic Director

ArturNew-AboutUs-2Mr. Sultanov was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. He trained at Vaganova Ballet Academy and at age 17, joined the Kirov ballet where he danced a classical repertoire. Artur has also performed with Eifman Ballet as a Soloist. In 2000 he moved to San Francisco to join Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. There, he worked closely with Mr. King on creating original contemporary ballets. In 2003 Artur joined Oregon Ballet Theatre. His principal roles at OBT include the Prince in Swan Lake, Ivan in Firebird, and the Cavalier in the Nutcracker, among others. Artur was a guest artist with Trey McIntyre Project, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and California Ballet Company where he performed the role of Romeo in their version of Romeo and Juliet. He has been featured on OPB as an emerging artist in Portland ( Mr. Sultanov has worked and performed with a tribe of pigmies from Central Africa in the project called “People of the Forest”. He has appeared at numerous festivals such as the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, the Chicago Dancing Festival and Fall For Arts- the most prestigious festival of contemporary dance in New York City. Mr. Sultanov has performed on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera House, Kennedy Center, Bolshoi Ballet Theatre, and the Mariisnky Theatre in his native city of St. Petersburg. In addition to being an accomplished dancer, Mr. Sultanov has also taught extensively throughout his professional career. In the past eight years, Mr. Sultanov has taught and choreographed for the school of Oregon Ballet Theatre and Lines Contemporary Ballet School of San Francisco. His vast experience also includes holding master workshops in the Portland Metro Area, Seaside, OR, Vancouver and Tacoma, Washington. Artur Sultanov is excited to be a part of the Portland dance community and is looking forward to inspiring a new generation of dancers.