Batur Buklu joins NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in the Principal role. An accomplished ballet artist from Istanbul, Turkey, Buklu brings an international perspective to the production. Batur Buklu began his training at the Istanbul State Conservatory and was selected for the prestigious John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart, to complete his training.
Haruo Niyama joins the 30th Anniversary tour of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in 2022 as a Principal Artist. Niyama is recognized internationally for achieving an unusually high level of technique.
Principal Ballerina Olena Pecheniuk premiered with Moscow Ballet on the 25th Anniversary Tour of North America as heroine Masha in the Great Russian Nutcracker and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Olena is a rising star ballerina evidenced by her award of Honored Artist of Culture in 2013.
Karyna Shatkovskaya received her first award at the Kharkov Ballet Competition and two years later received a Diploma of Ukrainian Youth Ballet, sanctioned by UNESCO. She has been recognized in the prestigious Second International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Astana, Kazakhstan and received Kazakhstan State Prize as well.
Rustem Imangaliyev premiered in the U.S. on the 2015 Moscow Ballet tour to 80 cities as Principal Danseur. Imangaliyev is a highly awarded danseur receiving an Honorary Mention from the International Ballet Competition in Korea and an Honorary Award at the Asylmuratova International Ballet Competition in Kazakhstan.
Alexandra Elagina made her North American debut as Masha on the 2010 eastern leg of the Moscow Ballet tour to critical acclaim, noted as “brimful with feeling,” by Alastair MacCaulay, NYTimes Chief Dance Critic and “exuded the essence of delicacy,” in Charleston Today. Alexandra hails from Kazan, called the “Third Capital of Russia” after Moscow and St Petersburg, lying at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers.
Shota Onodera performs the role of Nutcracker Prince in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Onodera is an award winner performer receiving Silver Award at the Mongolian International Ballet Competition in 2018 in Arabesque.
Kostyantyn Vinovoy became the principal soloist of the Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre immediately after graduating from the Kiev State Ballet School under Ballet Master Nobuhiro Terada. He won a top award at the world renowned Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition and is a brilliant principal dancer.
Oleksandr Skulkin premiered as Nutcracker Prince on the West Tour of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan Lake in 2017, and returns to Moscow Ballet in 2018 in the same roles. Oleksandr partners the award winning and remarkable Olena Pecheniuk.
Principal Danseur Vladyslav Bosenko premieres with Moscow Ballet as Nutcracker Prince in the Great Russian Nutcracker 2019. In spring 2019 Bosenko was accepted to participate in the Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition and Festival in Budapest, Hungary, which was a commemoration of Nureyev’s death 25 years ago and celebration of his 80th birthday.
Olga Sharikova premieres on Moscow Ballet’s 2019 Gift of Christmas Tour in the role of Masha in performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker. Sharikova graduated from the Kharkov Choreographic School in 2004 and studied at the Kharkov College of Arts from 2004 to 2008. And from 2008 to 2012 she performed with the company of the Kharkov National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater.