Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Misha Tchoupakov performed with the Bolshoi Ballet, as well as with the Colorado Ballet, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, and San Francisco Opera Ballet. Mr. Tchoupakov also holds an M.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy and Choreography from the Moscow State Institute of Choreography. He has taught for Colorado Ballet, Houston Ballet, Oregon Dance Theatre, Ballet West, David Taylor Dance Theatre, State Street Ballet, Ballet Arlington, Guangzhou Ballet of China, and Galili Dance in Netherlands. He was also on the faculty of the Royal Ballet School and the Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet in the UK.
Mr. Tchoupakov serves as Rehearsal Director for the YAGP in New York and is an internationally renowned guest teacher. Most recent engagements took him to National Ballet School in Romania, English National Ballet School and teaches annually in Japan.
Mr. Tchoupakov currently teaches at the University of North Carolina School of Dance.