|Stevan Novakovich launched his dance career at the age of six with the Yugoslavian National Folk Company and subsequently received his training at the Vaganova-based Ballet Academy in Novi Sad. Upon arriving in the United States in 1993, he trained at the Ballet West Conservatory, Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey School of American Dance. He has performed with Ballet West, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, New York City Opera, Alwin Nikolais Dance Theatre and Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles.
Mr. Novakovich has worked with several luminaries in the world of dance including choreographers Stephen Koester, Daniel Ezralow, Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone. He has received numerous honors including the Performer of Great Merit Award, Olympiad Award Winner, Governor’s Award and Honorary Achievement Award in Dance Performance.
Through the U.S. State Department he had the privilege of serving as a cultural ambassador from the United States. During this period, he taught and performed in all four corners of the world. He has been a frequent guest instructor at various American universities (including NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts) as well as academic institutions abroad. Mr. Novakovich has been and still continues to work as a guest teacher at numerous international dance festivals including the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Due to his versatility as a performer, Mr. Novakovich is well recognized for teaching master classes and workshops as well as setting the original choreography that range from classical ballet to contemporary and modern dance.
He earned a BFA in ballet from the University of Utah and an MFA in choreography and professional performance from the California State University, Long Beach.
His present day focus is honing his teaching methods and aesthetic philosophies and producing his own choreographic works. He is also working on establishing a non-profit organization S.O.D.A. (Society Of Dependent Artists) that will promote the collaborative approach to commissioning, exchanging and marketing dance/ performance art.