Master Class


Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to take a class with the world-renowned teacher on a rare trip to central New York! Mr. Makhateli was a principal dancer for 26 years with the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Georgia USSR! As a guest teacher, coach, and in his residencies with ballet schools around the world, he has trained dancers who have competed in and won prestigious competitions in the US, Canada, and Europe. His most famous students are his very own children, Maia Makhateli; Principal Dancer with the Dutch National Ballet and David Makhateli, former Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Register online or pay at the door and stay for the Saturday evening performance of Coppelia at The Stanley. Attendees of the Master Class receive $6 tickets to Coppelia!

Nikoloz Makhateli was Principal Dancer for 26 years with the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Georgia USSR. He was trained at the State Choreographic Institute of Georgia. There as a protégé of famed Kirov dancer Vakhtang Chabukiani, he studied the complete eight-year Vaganova syllabus. From 1970-75 he studied at the Tbilisi State College of Theatrical Arts receiving his masters degree in ballet instruction, coaching, and choreography.
He later studied choreography in St. Petersburg at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, learning the entire Petipa repertoire under Oleg Vinogradov former Artistic Director of the Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet. Nikoloz Makhateli was appointed Ballet Master of Maurice Bejart’ school MUDRA Afrique created by Maurice Bejart, President Leopold Sedar Senghor and the UNESCO.

In 1983 Mr. Makhateli was named an Honored Artist of the Georgian Republic, in 2000 Mr. Makhateli was named the recipient of the “Order of the Mark of Distinction“ the highest order of the Georgian Republic, as a principal dancer and ballet professor. He spent nine years as chairman of the Choreography Department of The Fine Arts College of Georgia. During his time in the United States, he has been on the faculty of the New Orleans Center of Cultural Arts,
Kirov Ballet Academy, and is the Artistic Director of the Michigan Ballet Academy. He is in demand as a guest teachernationally and internationally, and has coached many award-winning young dancers throughout America.
Prior to joining KAB’s faculty, Mr. Makhateli spent the last five years as a ballet instructor for the New Orleans Center of Cultural Arts. Mr. Makhateli and his wife Marina are the proud parents of former Royal Ballet principal David Makhateli and Dutch National Ballet principal Maia Makhateli, both of whom began their training with their parents at the State Choreographic Institute in Tbilisi, Georgia.


The 2020 Nutcracker Cancelled

Since 1980, Mohawk Valley Performing Arts has brightened the holiday season for years through its staging of the classic “The Nutcracker.” The Board of Directors and artistic staff have endeavored to make our production unique, through major investments in sets, costumes, choreography, lighting and guest artists. Accordingly, Mohawk Valley Performing Arts “The Nutcracker” has afforded young dancers the unique opportunity to perform on the Stanley World Stage in front of large audiences every holiday season.

Faced with the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors along with our Artistic Director, has had to make the painful decision to cancel “The Nutcracker” for 2020. Multiple factors were considered in coming to this conclusion. To perform “The Nutcracker” under the state protocols and health considerations would do a disservice to our patrons, and, more importantly, our young dancers.

The Board is presently planning for a Spring Production of Cinderella. We are still offering our Arts Integration Program virtually to school districts. We expect to come back strong in the 2021 holiday season with our 40th production of “The Nutcracker” that will live up to the high standards of Mohawk Valley Performing Arts.


Lisa Burline Roser
President, Mohawk Valley Performing Arts