Viktor Kabaniaev was trained at the famed Vaganova School in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the years that followed, he worked as a principal dancer in various ballet companies in the former Soviet Union, Germany and United States including Leningrad State Ballet Theater under the directorship of Mr. Boris Eifman, (1987-1989), Russian Ballet, (1989-1990), Komische Oper Berlin, (1990-1992), Dortmund Ballet, (1992-1994), Hannover Ballet (1996-1998) and Diablo Ballet (1998-2003). In 2003-2005 he served as Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer for Moving Arts Dance, Walnut Creek, CA.
Mr. Kabaniaev has performed principal roles in many classical, neoclassical and modern ballets and has toured extensively in France, Iraq, Poland, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Austria, Panama, and Thailand.
Mr. Kabaniaev choreographed his first piece "Transfigured Night" in 1997 for Hannover Ballet Workshop. In July of 1997, he was awarded a Special Prize for his second choreography "Adagietto" at the 29th Annual Ballet Festival of Japan, held in Tokyo Mr. Kabaniaev has created over 40 works for Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Hanover Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Smuin Ballet SF, Sacramento Ballet, Moving Arts Dance and many ballet schools and colleges around United States. He created over 60 pieces for YAGP. His works were presented in the Republic of Belarus, France, Germany, Poland, Japan, Australia, Netherlands, Russia, Italy, and the United States.
In 2004 Mr. Kabaniaev won the First Laureate for Choreography of his "White Light" at the 3rd International Serge Diaghilev Competition for Choreographers, Gdynia, Poland. In 2005 he won Grand Prix for "Duet" at the Eight Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreographers Competition in Palm Desert, CA. In 2008 he won First Prize for "Weather" at 2nd Biennial New American Talent/Dance Choreographers Competition in Austin, TX.
Currently Mr. Kabaniaev works as a teacher for Professional Program at WSPA, Daly City, CA.