Yuri Fateev

Ballet Director at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet - St. Petersburg, Russia
Yuri Fateev

“We come across fantastic technological advances everywhere. I am so happy to watch them finding their way to the art of ballet!

Gaynor Minden pointe shoes make feet look elegant, conceal their imperfections, and protect them effectively. They stand out for their flexibility; a dancer can easily make soft roll-ups and downs without ‘springing’ onto pointe. This is an effective way to develop foot strength and technique. The design of different Gaynor Minden models helps to achieve maximum responsiveness and comfort. As a teacher, it is so much easier to gain a result with dancers wearing Gaynor Minden!

Gaynor Minden shoes last much longer than other brands. They are very quiet, and they facilitate smooth, soundless movements of the corps de ballet, which is very important for big scenes.

Gaynor Minden pointe shoes make the feet sing!”

-Yuri Fateev, January 2008

After a distinguished career as a star of the Kirov Ballet, Yuri Fateev is now the Ballet Director. He is in charge of the company’s Balanchine repertory — as well as one of the company’s leading teachers and repetiteurs. Internationally in demand, he has taught, coached, and staged ballets all over the world.

Photo by Neff.