Pamela Kozadayev

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Pamela Kozadayev received her initial dance training at Mohawk Valley Ballet under the direction of Delia Foley in Utica, New York. She continued her training at the School of American Ballet in New York for four years. At the age of 15, Kozadayev spent one summer studying at the Summer Dance Experience in Columbia, South Carolina. While she there, Columbia City Ballet Artistic Director William Starrett asked her to join his company.

As a principal/soloist with Columbia City Ballet for six years, Kozadayev was featured in many full-length and one-act ballets. In 2001, Kozadayev joined Columbia Classical Ballet as a principal dancer under the direction of Radenko Pavolvich. She was named ‘best female dancer in Columbia’ by the Free Times. Kozadayev joined Houston Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in July 2003 and held the position until her retirement in 2010.

During her tenure with the Houston Ballet, Kozadayev performed works by such choreographers as George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, Stanton Welch, Jiri Kylian, Serge Lifar, Fredrick Ashton, Kenneth McMillan, John Cranko, August Burnonville, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Antony Tudor, Lila York and many others. Kozadayev taught ballet for Uptown Dance in Houston, Premier Dance in Oklahoma, as well as multiple companies in upstate New York. Currently Kozadayev serves as an adjunct ballet instructor at the UNCSA School of Dance and their Preparatory Dance Program.