At only 19-years-old, Julian has already made history and become an internationally renowned ballet dancer. At 17, he became the first American to graduate with a full Russian diploma from the esteemed Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. He then joined the Royal Ballet in London shortly after winning five consecutive international ballet competitions including the lauded 2015 Prix de Lausanne apprenticeship, a scholarship prize that uniquely allowed him to choose a ballet company. Now, Julian is the youngest first soloist at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia and dances exclusively principal roles.
With two older sisters already pursuing ballet, Julian's family tried to urge him and his younger brother towards other ventures but was unable to sway what was clearly part of their DNA. The Montana native fondly remembers tap dancing in his gravel driveway at 3-years-old, showing a budding allegiance that would serve him well later on.
At 11-years-old, Julian and his brother Nicholas, 9, traveled to Moscow where they both soon began official ballet training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The timing was unforgiving to the family, however, and his parents worried they would not be able to keep the young dancers in school. Julian chose to stay in Moscow over holiday break rather than return home to save money, a move that both shocked his family and demonstrated to them how serious about ballet he truly was. This same commitment was tested throughout school as Julian pushed through a rigorous academic and dance workload that was not designed for non-Russian students. Nonetheless, he persevered and emerged from the Bolshoi Academy as one of the school's most prized dancers and with a fluency in the language to boot.
The press has hailed Julian as the "Apollo" of his generation, and for good reason. It took only one year for Julian to ascend from second soloist, his starting role, to that of first soloist at Mikhailovsky. While Julian is unpretentious, he does not mince words when it comes to his success. Through his dancing prowess, Julian has been featured in L'Uomo Vogue with Mary McCartney, L'Officiel Ukraine and a Teen Vogue video highlighting his skill. In early 2017, Julian captured the attention of Love Magazine editors and was chosen to appear in the February issue. Kendall Jenner captured the blue-eyed ballerino mid-kick for the special issue. The photos ran in print and online beside his submission video where he kick-pushed his way through the streets of St. Petersburg on his penny skateboard. Most recently, Julian shot editorials for Paper Magazine and Esquire. Later this year he will premiere Cinderella at the Mikhailovsky Theatre as the prince.
With so many accolades collecting in his lap, it would seem Julian would be content however, he continues to dip his toes into new territory. While earning his master's degree in ballet at GITIS, Julian is also pursuing acting roles. "Acting is much like dancing in that you have to show deep emotion. You have to sell it." He also hopes to pursue more dance opportunities alongside his similarly distinguished older sisters and younger brother.