DOUGLAS GAWRILJUK 

Born in Brazil Mr. Gawriljuk was trained by his father Ruslan Gawriljuk, The Royal 

Academy of Dancing (RAD) where he graduated in September 1986. Later that year he 

received the Gold Medal at the “Conselho Brasileiro de Danca” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 

was a Silver Medalist at the “ Seventh Concurso Internacional de Ballet” in Trujillo, 

Peru, and won the first prize in 1994 at the, XII Festival de Danca in Joinville, Brazil. 

From 1988 through 1990 attended the School of American Ballet, New York, with a full 

scholarship. 

As professional dancer Mr. Gawriljuk danced for 20 years starting his career with Ballet 

Du Nord in France. He also danced for Basel Ballet in Switzerland as a soloist.  As a 

principal dancer Mr. Gawriljuk joined Miami City Ballet. His special performances with 

MCB include tours to The Spoleto Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, The 1996 Olympics 

in Atlanta – Georgia, The Kennedy Center, The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 

Wolftrap’s 25

th

anniversary and appeared at the gala The Next Step (Career Transition 

for Dancer in New York 1997). He also danced with The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater as a 

principal dancer, where he excelled at interpreting many of the big classical ballets. 

Maximum Dance Company in South Florida where he also worked as a Ballet Master, 

where he had the chance working with many international choreographers such as Daniel Rosseel, Jean Christophe 

Blavier, KT Nelson among others. In 2003-2004 he was nominated the best male dancer in South Florida by the Sun Post, 

and danced with Ballet Florida where he retired from his dancing career in 2009. 

  During his dancing carrier Mr. Gawriljuk has been part of international dance projects such as Dolomytica in Europe 

and Casablanca The Dance in China, capturing the attention of the international press. He has also engaged in the field of 

choreography where he created pieces for Maximum Dance Company and New Orleans Ballet Theater (Berimbau, 

Lacrimosa, Thick as Thieves, Entre Dos) and later choreographed for various Dance Schools and Institutes (Solo Ellos 

Saben, Shadows and others), and has set many classical works and variations. 

   As Ballet Teacher he was part of the faculty at Palm Beach Ballet Center and is frequently invited as guest teacher in 

different schools around the country such as, Douglas Andersen School of Arts in Jacksonville FL, Ballet Pacifica in 

California, The School of Dulce Anaya in Jacksonville FL, Southern Dance Theater in Boynton Beach FL, Gulfshore 

Ballet in Fort Myers FL, as well as Ballet Ruslan in Sao Paulo Brazil, and most recently, Virginia School of the Arts. In 

the fall of 2009 Mr. Gawriljuk worked as guest ballet teacher at the UNCSA where he was invited back to be part of their 

summer program 2010. 

From 2010 to 2012 he joined the dance faculty at UNCSA. 

During his time Mr. Gawriljuk taught Ballet to all levels, ballet 

partnering, character and variations. He also served as Ballet 

Master for The Nutcracker, and also performed the role of “Herr 

Drosselmeyer” in 2010, served as the Artistic Supervisor over this 

production for 4 years. He also was part of co-directing Swan 

Lake Act II production for the final UNCSA School of Dance 

spring concert and co-directed the UNCSA summer program in 

2011 for the School of Dance and for the 2012 UNCSA 

Comprehensive Dance Intensive.  

Since the end of Summer 2012 he moved back with his family 

to Florida, where he is currently is Assistant of the Director of the 

School of Ballet Arts and arts Dance Generation as well as teacher 

and choreographer for other various schools and companies 

around South Florida.  

In 2013 he started a Summer Program in New Orleans for the 

New Orleans Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, and in 2014 he 

was invited to teach company class at The Royal New Zealand 

Ballet under the Artistic Direction Ethan Stiefel. 

Most recently, I joined the dance faculty of Florida Atlantic 

University in BocaRaton, and in August 2018, I joined The Arts Conservatory at The Kings Academy as a ballet teacher.