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From 1993 to 2004 Tamaz Vashakidze worked as artistic director of V. Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School. And in 2001 he was appointed the school head.

Вахтанг Чабукиани

Vakhtang Chabukiani
Inscription on the photograph: «To my talented pupil Tamaz».
From Tamaz Vashakidze’s archive

From 1993 to 2004 the students of Ballet Art State School took part in numerous festivals and contests of international level. During twelve year of his management the School has achieved a new stage in its development, having provided high quality dancers to Z. Paliashvili Tbilisi State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. In this hard period from 1993 to 2004 Georgian ballet was saved from disappearing.

These are mostly graduates from those years, including Nino Gogua, Maia Makhateli, Gabriel Gogua, Lasha Khozashvili, David Khozashvili, Irakli Bakhtadze, Mihail Menabde, Giorgi Saginashvili, Teona Akhobadze, Nino Ochiauri, Tsicia Cholokashvili, Natia Bunturi, Maia Dolidze, Victoria Kuznetsova, Vera Kikabidze, Shorena Khaindrava, Nino Makhashvili, David Ananiashvili, Giorgi Mshvenieradze, Otar Khelashvili, Rusudan Kvitsiani and many others, who represent till now the foundation of creative activity of the theatre ballet company.

By the 100th anniversary of the great master Vakhtang Chabukiani the graduates of Tamaz Vashakidze have made a decent present: due to creative work of those young and talented artists the Georgian state ballet has become one of the leading ballet companies of the XXI century.

In 2002 during the earthquake in Georgia the building of the Tbilisi Ballet Art State School was destroyed, and the classes were temporarily suspended. The managers of the School together with the Minister of Culture Sesili Gogiberidze have addressed to the Georgian president for financial support. The amount of half a million Lari allocated by the World Bank was fully spent to reconstruct the school, and in 2005 it opened up again.


Graduation party of students of the Tbilisi Ballet Art State School in Z. Paliashvili Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Tbilisi, 2001, June.