He was born in Kiev, Russia and began dancing at the age of 12. He attended Professional Dance School until his graduation in 1965. Upon graduation, he performed throughout the Soviet Union and abroad with the Ukrainian Concert Organization, Russ Concert Organization, and was the principal dancer of the Red Army Ensemble. In 1971, he was accepted to the Institute of Culture and Art where he graduated as a teacher, choreographer and business administrator. In 1975, he formed the Tripoli Dance Ensemble, which was awarded a Gold Medal for the National Festival in 1977. He traveled throughout the USSR and Europe.
He is well known for his master’s classes throughout the country. He has taught at state conventions, national conventions and colleges from Washington, D.C. at Portland, Oregon, from Florida to El Paso, Texas. He is an active member of Dance Masters of America, State Dance Association. Spivak was on the national board of Dance Masters of America as well as past president of the Florida Chapter.
For 10 years, he was one of the artistic directors of the First Coast Nutcracker. He is a founding member of the Community Nutcracker Inc. and a faculty member at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Currently, Spivak is the artistic director of Mark Spivak’s Institute and Dance Extension. He is also director of Mark Spivak Character Ensemble located in Jacksonville, Florida.