Born in Kharkov City, Ukraine, Viktor Plotnikov trained at Kiev Ballet Academy and graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy under Veniamin Zimin and Inna Zubkovskaya. From 1987 to 1990, he was a soloist at Donetsk Ballet Company in Ukraine, and then performed as guest artist and principal dancer with Mississippi Ballet and Tulsa Ballet from 1990 to 1993. Plotnikov was a principal dancer at Boston Ballet from 1993 to 2006, where he performed major roles in classical and contemporary ballets by many prominent choreographers and toured extensively nationally and abroad. As a choreographer, Plotnikov has created works for companies including Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, and Bolshoi Theatre’s Choreographic Workshop. He has served as resident choreographer for Festival Ballet Providence since 2003. Plotnikov co-directed and co-produced Boston Ballet’s Raw Dance series and has received numerous international choreography awards.