Born in Brazil, Gawriljuk was trained by his father, Ruslan Gawriljuk, and The Royal Academy of Dancing, where he graduated in 1986. From 1988-1990, Gawriljuk attended the School of American Ballet in New York under a full scholarship. Throughout his career as a professional dancer, Gawriljuk’s performance repertoire included the classics, most of the Balanchine repertory and contemporary works by today’s leading choreographers with many noted ballet companies around the world.
As a professional dancer, Gawriljuk danced for 20 years with several dance companies around the world, Ballet Du Nord in France, Basel Ballet in Switzerland as a Soloist, as a Principal Dancer at the Miami City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Maximum Dance Company (where he also worked as a Ballet Master) and Ballet Florida where he retired from his dancing career. In recent years, Gawriljuk has taught master classes and has been on the faculty for various schools and academies throughout the United States and abroad. Included among them are: Douglas Andersen School of Arts, Ballet Pacifica, The School of Dulce Anaya, Southern Dance Theater, Gulfshore Ballet, Ballet Ruslan in Brazil and the Virginia School of the Arts as a guest teacher.
From 2010 to 2012 he joined the dance faculty at UNCSA. During his time with UNCSA, 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, Gawriljuk also served as the Artistic Supervisor over the production from 2011 to 2014. 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 where he continues to teach for the Summer Programs. Since the end of Summer 2012, he moved back to Florida, where he works as a teacher and choreographer for various schools. In 2013 he started a summer program in New Orleans for the New Orleans Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. In September 2014 he became the co-Director of the School of Ballet Arts and the Arts Dance Generation and also was invited to teach company class at The Royal New Zealand Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Ethan Stiefel.