Julian MacKay left rural Montana at the young age of 11 to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow Russia.
Upon graduating he became the first American to receive a full Russian Diploma, having completed both the upper and lower school. While in school he medalled in five consecutive International Ballet Competitions, including the Prix de Laussane and gold medals at the Istanbul IBC and YAGP along with bronze at Sochi Young Ballet of the World and the Beijing International Ballet Competition.
At 17, while still in school, he made his professional debut as Siegfried in Swan Lake with the Russian State Ballet.
Graduating top of his class he was hailed as a young "Apollo" by Russian dance critics, dancing numerous roles on the Bolshoi stage. At the age of 17 Julian joined The Royal Ballet in London, as their 2016 Prix de Lausanne prize winner. Eight months later, upon personal invitation from Mikhail Messerer, MacKay joined The Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg as a Second Soloist.
By 19 years old, Julian MacKay was promoted to First Soloist after a thrilling performance in Flames of Paris, and has danced numerous principal roles worldwide.
At the height of his time at the Mikhailovsky Theatre he became an International Guest Artist.
In 2020 Julian continued his international career by taking a Principal contract with the San Francisco Ballet.
Julian has his Bachelors Degree as a Ballet Master and Choreographer from the prestigious GITIS University (Russian Institute of Theatre Arts), in Moscow, Russia.
MacKay has been represented by IMG Talent Worldwide and is currently with Next Models.
Press include cover of Dance Magazine Japan, features in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Pointe Magazine, Dance Magazine, “25 Most Beautiful People” by Paper Magazine, cover of BLVD Magazine, Teen Vogue, Mary McCartney for L'Uomo Vogue, L'Official Ukraine, ID Magazine, Kendall Jenner for LOVE Magazine, “Discovery of the Year” Sobaka Magazine Russia, Harpers Bazaar, In Style Russia Celebrity Issue, Esquire China and Numero China..