Born in Brazil Mr. Gawriljuk was trained by his father Ruslan Gawriljuk, The Royal
Academy of Dancing (RAD) where he graduated in September 1986. Later that year he
received the Gold Medal at the “Conselho Brasileiro de Danca” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
was a Silver Medalist at the “ Seventh Concurso Internacional de Ballet” in Trujillo,
Peru, and won the first prize in 1994 at the, XII Festival de Danca in Joinville,
Brazil. From 1988 through 1990 attended the School of American Ballet, New York, with
a full scholarship.
As professional dancer Mr. Gawriljuk danced for 20 years, starting his career with
Ballet Du Nord in France. He also danced for Basel Ballet in Switzerland as a soloist.
As a principal dancer Mr. Gawriljuk joined Miami City Ballet. His special performances
with MCB include tours to The Spoleto Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, The 1996 Olympics
in Atlanta – Georgia, The Kennedy Center, The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Wolftrap’s
25th anniversary and appeared at the gala The Next Step (Career Transition for Dancer
in New York 1997). He also danced with The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater as a principal
dancer, where he excelled at interpreting many of the big classical ballets. Maximum
Dance Company in South Florida where he also worked as a Ballet Master, where he had
the chance working with many international choreographers such as Daniel Rosseel,
Jean Christophe Blavier, KT Nelson among others.
In 2003-2004 he was nominated the best male dancer in South Florida by the Sun Post,
and danced with Ballet Florida where he retired from his dancing career in 2009. During
his dancing career, Mr. Gawriljuk has been part of international dance projects such
as Dolomytica in Europe and Casablanca The Dance in China, capturing the attention
of the international press. He has also engaged in the field of
choreography where he created pieces for Maximum Dance Company and New Orleans Ballet
Theater (Berimbau, Lacrimosa, Thick as Thieves, Entre Dos) and later choreographed
for various Dance Schools and Institutes (Solo Ellos Saben, Shadows and others), and
has set many classical works and variations.
As Ballet Teacher he was part of the faculty at Palm Beach Ballet Center and is frequently
invited as guest teacher in different schools around the country such as, Douglas
Andersen School of Arts in Jacksonville FL, Ballet Pacifica in California, The School
of Dulce Anaya in Jacksonville FL, Southern Dance Theater in Boynton Beach FL, Gulfshore
Ballet in Fort Myers FL, as well as Ballet Ruslan in Sao Paulo Brazil, and most recently,
Virginia School of the Arts.
In the fall of 2009 Mr. Gawriljuk worked as guest ballet teacher at the UNCSA where
he was invited back to be part of their summer program 2010.
From 2010 to 2012 he joined the dance faculty at UNCSA. During his time Mr. 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, served as the Artistic
Supervisor over this production for 4 years. 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
Since the end of Summer 2012 he moved back with his family to Florida, where he is
currently is Assistant of the Director of the School of Ballet Arts and arts Dance
Generation as well as teacher and choreographer for other various schools and companies
around South Florida.
In 2013 he started a Summer Program in New Orleans for the New Orleans Ballet Theatre
Summer Intensive, and in 2014 he was invited to teach company class at The Royal New
Zealand Ballet under the Artistic Direction Ethan Stiefel.
Most recently, I joined the dance faculty of Florida Atlantic University in BocaRaton,
and in August 2018, I joined The Arts Conservatory at The Kings Academy as a ballet
Douglas is currently available as a ballet teacher, master classes, private classes/coaching,
and setting or creating choreography.