Principal, Bolshoi Theatre
Born in Moscow. In 1994, on completing his studies at the Moscow Choreographic College (today the Moscow Choreographic Academy) where he studied with Leonid Zhdanov, he joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company.
He rehearses with Yuri Vladimirov.
In 1996, he was awarded 2nd prize and the Danse Noble jury press prize at the Arabesque Open Competition for Russian Ballet Dancers, in Perm.
In 1998, he won 1st prize at the International Competition for Ballet Dancers, in Paris.
In 1999, he was awarded the Moscow Debuts Festival prize (founded by the Central House of Actors) for his debuts in Fantasy on a Theme of Casanova, Paganini (main roles) and Dreams of Japan (one of solo roles).
In 2000, he was awarded Ballet Magazine's Soul of Dance prize (Up-and-Coming Stars nomination).
In 2005, Gudanov was awarded the title of Merited Artist of the Russian Federation.