He was born in 1981 in the region of Chelyabinsk. After graduating from theatre school he was awarded prestigious prizes for his roles in the Kostroma theatre. When he was a student in Chelyabinsk he took an interest in contemporary dance. At first he needed it just for his acting work. He then began taking part in dance festivals, workshops and master classes. Being involved in Kostroma theatre company, he had not found any festival nor contemporary dance company as such and so created “Dialogue Dance” in collaboration with Ivan Estegneyev. The latter became artistic director, Kulagin – administrator.