Mr. Tovstogray, from Dnipro, Ukraine, trained with Viacheslav Volkov and graduated from Dnipro State Choreographic School in 2008. From 2008-2010 he studied at San Francisco Ballet School under Parrish Maynard and Jorge Esquel, and then spent two seasons with The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company. He received multiple awards at International Ballet Competitions, including third place at the Istanbul International Competition (2010), the Bronze Medal at World Ballet Competition Orlando (2011), and the Gold Medal at Tanzolymp (2012).
Mr. Tovstogray joined Oklahoma City Ballet in 2012, was named Soloist in 2014, and promoted to Principal Dancer in 2015. His repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, August Bournonville, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Helen Pickett, Ma Cong, Stanton Welch, Septime Webre, Matthew Neenan, Amy Seiwert, Sarah Tallman, Brian Enos, Yui Sato, Jacob Sparso, and Robert Mills. Favorite roles include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Seigfried in Swan Lake, and “That’s Life” from Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. Mr. Tovstogray is an American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 5 of the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum, and teaches in the Pre-Professional and Community Divisions of The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School.