Vladimir Tkachenko who was born in 1987 in Kharkov Ukraine, graduated with honors from the prestigious Perm Choreographic School, in the class of V. Alikina in 2006. There is a long- standing tradition of collaboration with directors and choreographers from the west at the Perm due to projects with the George Balanchine Foundation and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. The repertoire of the theatre includes masterpieces of the most distinguished choreographers of the 20th Century. Upon graduation from Perm he was offered a position at the Kremlin State Ballet of Moscow, the largest in Moscow with 7500 seats, and made his professional debut that September in La Esmeralda as the Hunchback Quasimodo. Here Tkachenko was invited to work under the personal direction of the legendary Yuri Grigorovich. Under his tutelage, Tkachenko learned all the company roles and jobs in preparation for Ballet Master position. He danced principal roles in Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and A Thousand and One Nights. He has also been a Guest Soloist of the Imperial Ballet under the direction of Taranda, and of the Russian International Ballet under the direction of Honored Artist of Russia Igor Surnevoy. Vladimir was invited to become a soloist in the Kharkov National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet rehearsing under the direction of People's Artist of Ukraine S. Kolyvanova and Honored Artist of the USSR M. Bezzubikovym. He has toured to almost all continents of the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. 2011 was his debut appearance with Moscow Ballet as the Nutcracker Prince in the Great Russian Nutcracker.