Meelis Pakri is originally from Tallinn, Estonia.
He began his ballet training at Tallinn State Ballet School and is a graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy in St Petersburg, Russia. Between 1986 and 2001, Pakri danced as a principal dancer with Estonian National Ballet and Colorado Ballet, and was a guest artist with Macedonian National Theatre Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and International Ballet Festival in Havana, Cuba. During these years, Pakri danced lead roles in all the major classical ballets, as well as in neoclassical and modern repertoire by masters such as G. Balanchine and M. Graham.
At the age 22, Pakri began his teaching career when he started teaching men's technique and partnering classes at the Tallinn State Ballet School.
Upon retirement from stage, Pakri has served as Ballet Master for Colorado Ballet and Houston Ballet, and as a teacher at The Royal Ballet Upper School in London, England.
He is a frequent guest teacher at various schools in Japan, Denmark, Italy, England and United States. He has also been a guest teacher for Estonian National Ballet and The Royal Ballet Company, London, England.
Pakri has been on the Jury of Japan Grand Prix as well as Youth America Grand Prix.
His students have won numerous awards at Youth America Grand Prix.