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.