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El Tour de Tucson is now preparing to host the 41st year for what we think is one of the premier bicycling events in the country.  We hope you participate in this year’s event on November 23, 2024.   You won’t be alone given that annually over 9,000 cyclists participate in the renowned and popular event.

Charity, community, health and wellness are what Perimeter Bicycling and El Tour are all about. They all go hand-in-hand when it comes to building awareness for a bike ride that has been part of the Tucson community for nearly four decades.

Did you know that El Tour de Tucson enables nonprofit, charitable agencies to raise funds for their respective organizations?   Learn about their programs and sign up to ride on their teams here.  Since 1983, Perimeter Bicycling events have raised over $115 million for local and international charitable organizations.

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This bucket-list-worthy ride is a tucson tradition, el tour de tucson: ride for wellness or challenge, returns november 2025.

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El Tour de Tucson is a premier fundraising ride in the United States and the longest-running event of its kind in Arizona has been a Tucson tradition since 1983. Participants range from novices to professionals who enjoy the ride and festivities out of a passion for cycling, as a benchmark for a wellness program, as a symbol of surviving a major illness or other life challenge or to honor another person. All while helping nonprofit, and charitable agencies raise funds for their organizations.

Three Routes Under 100 Miles

The main event distances are 100, 57, and 28 miles. Fun Ride distances are 10, 5, and 1 mile. Main event routes feature scenic landscapes and the crisp, cool air of a Tucson morning. Mountain ranges and saguaro cacti will surround you. Course profiles range from flat to rolling or moderately hilly. The 28-mile route is mostly flat, which is great for families and ideal for first-time participants and beginning bicyclists. In 2021, the 28-mile route will be open to Class 1 pedal-assist e-bikes (no throttles) for the first time.

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The Start/Finish

The finish line for all events and the start line for the 100-mile, 57-mile and Fun Rides is on South Sixth Avenue between Armory Park and the Children’s Museum Tucson, near downtown Tucson’s renowned dining and entertainment district. The 28-mile route starts at Marana Heritage River Park and ends at Armory Park-Children’s Museum Tucson.

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If you drive here for El Tour de Tucson, you’ll find plenty of parking garages downtown near the start/finish line around Armory Park and the Children’s Museum Tucson. The area is easily accessible to the Tucson Sun Link Streetcar, a four-mile line that connects lodging, dining and entertainment districts in the downtown and university areas.

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Noah Anastassatos, from Scottsdale, raises his arms as he crosses the finish line and wins the 102-mile Banner-University Medicine 40th El Tour de Tucson on Saturday.

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Marj Rinaldo, from Tucson, is the first-place finisher for women in the 102-mile Banner-University Medicine 40th El Tour de Tucson on Saturday.

Rain and clouds sock in the Santa Catalina Mountains behind the riders making their way up Pistol Hill Road during the 40th El Tour de Tucson on Saturday.

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The lead pack makes the turn on the Pistol Hill Road leg of the 40th El Tour de Tucson on Saturday.

Both the men's and women's winners were second-timers of El Tour de Tucson, which celebrated its 40th anniversary race with over 9,000 participants Saturday morning.

Tucson's Marj Rinaldo, Scottsdale's Noah Anastassatos win El Tour de Tucson's 40th anniversary race

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Noah Anastassatos and Marj Rinaldo won the men’s and women’s portions of the Banner-University Medicine 40th El Tour de Tucson, held Saturday morning in Tucson, Sahuarita and other communities.

Anastassatos, 26, of Scottsdale, finished the 102-mile route with an unofficial time of 3 hours, 41 minutes, 27.5 seconds. Tucson’s Sean Christian, who won the race in 2022 , was one second behind Anastassatos.

His second El Tour, Anastassatos placed No. 49 in last year’s race with a gun time of 3:54:20.3, a near 13-minute difference.

Anastassatos, who is not part of a team, said that he “took off a little early” last year but decided on waiting back a little bit from the start, in an ultimately successful attempt to attack when roads were clearer.

A patient approach proved to make all the difference this Saturday.

“Last year I went two miles too early from the group and got like fiftieth place, I got caught with like half a mile to go last year so this year was like ‘okay just wait, wait,’” he said. “I wanted to go on 22nd Street but it was so chaotic I just waited until the roads opened up and luckily (they weren’t) fast enough to catch me I guess.”

This was Anastassatos’ first race since last year’s El Tour.

“I don’t really do much racing because of the risk factor,” he said. “But this is one of the safer ones honestly, so that’s why I came back. It’s safe and it’s fast.

“Obviously, all the training pays off. Family, friends who let you train, I realize it’s somewhat setting in and its crazy.”

His mother and girlfriend were in attendance Saturday, and both sprinted to him in jubilation after he passed the finish line.

“Oh, my gosh. Well, he said he wanted to win so we just had supported him the whole time with whatever he needed,” said his girlfriend, Melissa Trapp. “We actually tried to do a water hand off and he missed both our water bottles, so we were a little worried about how that’s going to go (but) it turned out okay.”

Rinaldo, 32, of Tucson, finished “The Century” race with an unofficial time of 3 hours, 50 minutes, 12 seconds . Salt Lake City’s Melisa Rollins came in second at 3:50:13, and Amanda Macuiba came in third with a time of 4:00:10.

Rinaldo, who’s lived in Tucson for 3½ years, said Saturday that it was her second time competing in El Tour.

“(My performance) was pretty good, I’m feeling pretty strong... It was just nice being able to roll out of my house and come straight to the race,” she said. “I live here, and I love to support local racing. It’s a big deal (in Tucson) so I try to show up.”

Rinaldo, who placed ninth in last year’s race with a time of 4:03:47.8, knew the final sprint is what counts the most.

“Last year I didn’t really know what to expect. This year I knew coming into the last corner I need to be top-3 to-4 wheels because last year I wasn’t and missed the sprint,” Rinaldo said. Next up for her and her team she said, is an incredibly busy spring. “We’ll be all over the place.”

How will the winners of El Tour 40th be celebrating their achievements?

“We have our four-year anniversary dinner tonight... so we’re going to go have a good dinner,” Anastassatos said.

Added Rinaldo: “I’m going to have a pizza, go to bed early (and) sleep in tomorrow.”

Over 9,000 riders took part in the 40th anniversary of El Tour this year, about 1,500 more than the 2022 version. Of those roughly 9,000, 43% can proudly say this was their first time signing up for any one of the five races offered.

Riders competed in three distances and two “fun rides.” The 102-mile ride — organizers call it “The Century” — is the most popular of the routes. Then there are the 63-mile “Metric Century” ride as well as the 32-mile “Metric Half-Century” ride.

The two “Fun Rides” are some of the unique events during El Tour day. Many fun-riders are kids; they can choose between distances of 1 or 3 miles.

Photos: 2023 El Tour de Tucson bicycle race in Tucson

The lead pack heads east on Old Spanish Trail, just before the turn for the climb up Pistol Hill Road on the eastern leg of the 40th anniversary of El Tour de Tucson on Saturday.

Four riders pass the Sahuarita sign designed by the students of Sahuarita United School District as the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson field passes through East Sahuarita Road on Saturday.

Cyclists make their way down Cushing Street at the start of the 32-mile route during the Banner-University Medicine 40th El Tour de Tucson in Tucson, Ariz. on November 18, 2023.

A large group of riders zoom down South Nogales Highway, during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

Riders pass the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, South Kolb Road, during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

The platinum racers begin to fill up the starting line before the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, West Cushing Street, November 18, 2023.

Cyclists wait for the start of the 32-mile route along Cushing Street during the Banner-University Medicine 40th El Tour de Tucson in Tucson, Ariz. on November 18, 2023.

Spectators cheer on riders biking down South Nogales Highway, during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson in Tucson, Ariz., November 18, 2023.

Dan Leano, left, and Jeff Bruce work to fix the chain on Leano’s bike at aid station 1 during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, East Escalante Road, November 18, 2023.

Riders make their way up the long slope of Pistol Hill Road as the clouds begin to break up over the 40th El Tour de Tucson, Tucson, Ariz., November 18, 2023.

A single rider passes the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, South Kolb Road, during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

A large group of riders turn the corner onto South Wilmot Road during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

A group of off-road bikers stop for a few minutes to offer encouragement to the riders fighting their way up the slope on the Pistol Hill Road leg of the 40th anniversary of El Tour de Tucson on Saturday.

Riders take to the right lane of the road during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, East Golf Links Road, November 18, 2023.

The pack leaders turn the corner onto South Wilmot Road during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

A large group of riders turn onto South Wilmot Road during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson in Tucson, Ariz., November 18, 2023.

A solo rider bikes down South Nogales Highway, as a large group leads the way during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

A group of riders near the lead make their way up Pistol Hill Road, one of the longest climbs on the route of the 40th El Tour de Tucson, Tucson, Ariz., November 18, 2023.

Rider Yasmeen Roumie enjoys some orange slices provided at aid station 1 during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, East Escalante Road, November 18, 2023.

A rider takes a sip of water as others follow behind him during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, East Sahuarita Rd., November 18, 2023.

A sign just before Aid Station #3 tries to inject a little humor on the long slog on the Pistol Hill Road leg of the 40th El Tour de Tucson, Tucson, Ariz., November 18, 2023.

A large group of riders approach the turn onto South Wilmot Road during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

Two men talk as they warm up for the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, West Cushing Street, November 18, 2023.

Maya Conaway, left, and her sister Kaelyn Conaway cheer on their dad Jeff Conaway as he rides down East Sahuarita Rd., during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

A large group of riders ride down South Nogales Highway, as cars follow behind them during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

Richard Stevens passes out water he and his wife Cathi brought out on their own to the riders near the top of the Pistol Hill Road leg of the 40th El Tour de Tucson, Tucson, Ariz., November 18, 2023.

Riders walk their bikes to the starting position for the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, West Cushing Street, November 18, 2023.

A pack of riders in the 102-mile race sprint down Cushing Street towards the finish line during the Banner-University Medicine 40th El Tour de Tucson in Tucson, Ariz. on November 18, 2023.

A group of riders race past the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, South Kolb Road, during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

Twila Leadon, volunteer at station 1 pours dill juice into tiny cups to help riders prevent cramps during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, East Escalante Road, November 18, 2023.

A large line of riders go down S. Desert Gem Lane, during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

Riders and cars share the road as the train goes by on South Nogales Highway, during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, November 18, 2023.

A rider makes some last minute adjustments to his bike before the start of the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, West Cushing Street, November 18, 2023.

An early riser, out on the course more than a half hour before any riders, waits near the summit of Pistol Hill Road on 40th El Tour de Tucson, Tucson, Ariz., November 18, 2023.

Riders take to the left lane during the 40th annual El Tour de Tucson, East Sahuarita Rd., November 18, 2023.

Arlo Costales wraps speaker wires with 5th avenue event production services in preparation of El Tour de Tucson, W. Cushing St., Tucson, Ariz., November 17, 2023.

Curtis Wilkerson with 5th avenue event production services covers the speakers for El Tour de Tucson, W. Cushing St., Tucson, Ariz., November 17, 2023.

Banners lay along the road, W. Cushing St., the day before El Tour de Tucson, November 17, 2023.

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The Complete Guide to Riding El Tour de Tucson 2023

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2023 marks the 40 th year for the El Tour de Tucson . Over 7,000 cyclists ride in this event (that’s huge!) and they have a ride for everyone. El Tour de Tucson is about charity, community, health and wellness and it is truly a ride you should check out at least one.

El Tour De Tucson is held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Amateurs and pros of all ages and abilities participate. It’s a great way to see Tucson by bike and meet new people.

Our Experience

Our trip to Tucson happened to coincide with El Tour de Tucson.  Randy did the 109 mile ride while Kalden and I did the 6 mile fun ride. This is a great event attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages. Kalden and I got up early to watch the 109 mile ride take off at 7am. It was a huge group and it took about 10 minutes for all the riders to cross the start line.

At 8am we lined up for the fun ride. It was mostly families (except for #30). Kalden was very excited to be up front and start “the race.”  As always once we actually started he became cautious and made sure to stay in control and be aware of the cyclists around him. It was a good strategy as the group ability amounted to a bunch of kids and inexperienced cyclists. When the road opened up Kalden did put the hammer down. The event was very well run. There were police at every intersection stopping traffic for us and about 3 aid stations for the 6 miles. The crowd for the fun ride was also refreshing to see. In Colorado these types of events are dominated by hardcore cyclists trying to get their kids interested in the sport. Here it was mostly non-cycling families out to enjoy this event and spend time together. At the end everyone got a medal and there were smiles all around.

Since we had to wait a few hours for Randy we headed to Whole Foods and then In and Out for a well deserved burger! When we got back to the event around 11:30 the first cyclists were finishing. It was a tough year with 20-30 MPH winds. Randy came in around 6.5  hours and was beat. He pretty much did the ride “off the couch.” He was still very excited about the event and experience. It was amazing to see the amount of people and the different types of riders. Some people were out on the course for 11 hours! An event to keep on the radar if you are in Tucson around Thanksgiving!

El Tour de Tucson 2023 Dates

The event will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

El Tour De Tucson 2023 Routes

All Rides/Routes start and finish in downtown Tucson.

  • The Century (7:00am start) 102 Mile
  • The Metric Century (9:00 am start) 62 Mile/100 Kilometer
  • The Half Metric Century (10:15 am start) 32 Mile/50 Kilometer
  • The FUN Rides! (8:00 am start) 10 Mile / 5 Mile / 1 Mile

The Century

The metric century, the metric half century, tour de tucson expo.

The Expo & Fiesta  is at the Eckbo Plaza of the Tucson Convention Center.  Most of the activities including the live music, food, beer garden and exhibitors are outside.

The longer routes enter the Sonoran desert including Davis Monthan Air Force Base, the mountainous and saguaro lined vistas of Old Spanish Trail, and Colossal Cave. The route will also pass through the communities of Corona de Tucson, Vail, Sahuarita and Green Valley.

Note: Rides close at 4:00 pm.  All support ends at that time.  Each aid station will close prior to that time according to a schedule that will allow finishes by 4:00pm.

The Fun Ride is only $15 per cyclist.

There are three to chose from and all start at 8AM on Cushing Street (just south of the Tucson Convention Center).

  • 10-mile course starting on Cushing Street (just south of the Tucson Convention Center) and heads to the Santa Cruz River multi-use path – scenic and mostly away from traffic.
  • 5-mile course: easy and mostly flat along the Santa Cruz river path.
  • 1-mile course a very easy, all flat ride out-and-back ! Starting on Cushing Street (just south of the Tucson Convention Center) to Stone, to 18th Street, to Meyer and then back to Cushing Street.

Family Notes : Pulling a child (pulled in a trailer or a kid in a seat on the bike) is FREE for the child but full registration is needed and the adult must register and fully pay the entry fee.

If you are signed up to ride in El Tour’s late morning events (the 63 mile or the 32 mile) you can ride one of these before the event with your kid!

Where to Stay in Tucson

You definitely want to be staying near downtown for this ride. Tucson is huge and even driving 10 miles and take forever with the traffic and lights. Tucson is just not an easy town to drive around. Plan to bike to the start line.

Best Spots (within 1 mile of start/finish)

Doubletree Convention Center – This hotel is right at the start/finish/expo! Can’t get a better location than this but book early.

Hampton Inn – Also a good location plus they have a nice pool and breakfast options.

The Downtown Clifton – If you want a more unique and vintage vibe check this hotel out. The price is also reasonable for being right downtown.

The Tuxon – Another unique and modern place is The Tuxon. They call it a hotel but think of it more like an upscale modernized motel. And that’s a good thing. the have a pool, a bar, and a fancy breakfast!

Things to Do in Tucson

Bike the loop.

Need to warm up for the event or want to spend more time biking after. Check out the loop for road riding routes around Tucson.

Visit Saguaro National Park

Both the East and West section of Saguaro National Park are amazing for biking, hiking, and sight seeing. We love the 8.3 mile The Cactus Forest Loop route around the east side. The views are unmatched and it’s an overall great experience on a bike. It’s one way so you don’t have to worry too much about speeding cars. The west side has a museum, campground, road and mountain biking!

Bike Mt Lemmon

If you’re in Tucson you need to bike up Mt. Lemmon at least once. You start off at about 2,500 ft surrounded by saguaro cactus and mesquite trees and climb to over 8,000 ft to pine trees and cool to cold temps. Mt Lemmon is a climbers dream road as the road is in great shape with a wide shoulder.

Tucson Bike Shops

Tucson is all about biking so there are plenty of shops for service, rentals, gear, and places to ship your bike.

El Tour De Tucson has a partner bike shop, Bicycle Ranch Tucson . They are able to receive your bike as well as assemble, disassemble and repack. Bicycle Ranch Tucson will receive your bike and reassemble, ensuring that things like your  shifting is good and there was no damage in shipping. The assembly cost is $55 and if you are needing to repack the bike after El Tour, then the total price to $90.

Fair Wheel Bikes. Fair Wheel Bikes is Tucson oldest and most reputable bicycle shop. They have a famous road ride that leaves from there on the weekends called the Shoot Out. They are well known for specializing in high end exotic road bikes, especially through the internet, but do have a strong local shop presence in Tucson

Have you ridden the El Tour de Tucson? What did you think?

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El Tour de Tucson Bike Route

The El Tour de Tucson  is held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving in Tucson, Arizona.

El Tour is a fun ride attracting over 9,000+ cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and beyond, consisting of novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders.

Southwest Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Spirit (June 2001) named El Tour de Tucson “one of the premier organized rides in the United States,” and Bicycling Magazine (October 2002) ranked El Tour as “one of the top three fundraising rides” in the country.

Potential Hazards

There are tons of riders so be careful.

Plus there is two river crossing that makes for an interesting bike ride. Most riders dismount their bikes and walk the river crossings. The condition of the river crossing all depends on the amount of rain Tucson gets leading up to the race.

El Tour de Tucson Bike Route Subject to Small Changes

Keep in mind the route has been known to change slightly from year-to-year based on road construction.

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Now that the Mexico Open 2024 field is set, SportsLine simulated the tournament 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard .

Top 2024 Mexico Open predictions 

One major surprise the model is calling for at the Mexico Open 2024: Grillo, a two-time PGA Tour champion and one of the top favorites, struggles this week and doesn't even crack the top five. Grillo recorded four top-25 finishes in his first five starts to open the 2024 season, but he's coming off a T-44 showing at the Genesis Invitational last week.

Grillo remains on of the best putters on tour, but he's been inconsistent with every other aspect of his game this season. The 31-year-old enters this week's event ranked 89th in greens in regulation percentage (70.05%), 98th in total driving (179), and 152nd in driving distance (286.4). He also ranks 100th in sand save percentage (50%), which doesn't bode well for his chances to finish on top of the leaderboard at Vidanta Vallarta.

Another surprise: Erik van Rooyen, a 40-1 longshot, makes a strong run at the title. Among those in the 2024 Mexico Open field, van Rooyen ranks eighth in FedEx Cup standings and had a streak of 23 straight rounds under par that ended in his last start. Still though, he has three top 25s across five starts this season, including at both of the signature events he competed in. He also was victorious in his last start from last season, claiming the World Wide Technology Championship for his second PGA Tour win.

The South African ranks in the top 40 on tour in driving distance, strokes gained: off-the-tee and greens in regulation percentage. Vidanta Vallarta is known as a second-shot course, so van Rooyen's accuracy on approach shots should do wonders this week as his GIR percentage of 74.36% is ninth-best amongst the field. He also converts when he lands on the green, ranking 26th on tour in total putting (116.5) and 29th in putting average (1.724). Van Rooyen has a much better chance to win than his long odds imply, so he shouldn't be overlooked with 2024 Mexico Open bets.  See who else to pick here .

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The model is also targeting three other golfers with odds of 30-1 or longer to make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these longshots could hit it big. You can only see the model's picks here .

Who will win the 2024 Mexico Open, and which longshots will stun the golfing world? Check out the Mexico Open 2024 odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the projected Mexico Open at Vidanta leaderboard , all from the model that's nailed 10 golf majors, including last year's Masters and Open Championship.

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See the full Mexico Open picks, best bets, and predictions here .

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TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News) - The 99th annual Tucson Rodeo Parade will feature over 130 entries and over 2,300 participants marching down the streets of the Old Pueblo.

According to Diane Culin, a long-time volunteer with the Tucson Rodeo Parade , they work closely with the city of Tucson and others to ensure the parade is as safe as it can be.

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Culin said with thousands expected to watch from the sidelines volunteers spend months planning to make sure it’s safe and fun for everyone.

“We take a lot of care in making sure it’s a safe route and that people are taken care of so there will be signage and some barricades to let people know to stay back,” Culin said.

Safety is always the top priority, Culin said no weapons or dangerous objects will be allowed .

Alcohol, backpacks, and large bags are also prohibited. If you happen to be sitting in the grandstands, she says all carry-ins will be checked.

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“We probably have over 300 people reporting to the parade route to take charge and to handle it and to help people have a great time,” Culin said.

With over 540 horses in the parade, Culin tells 13 News it’s also best to leave the following items behind...

“Umbrellas that are going to be caught in the wind possibly,” Culin said. “Balloons will scare horses, toys like bubbles, and foam lizards that swirl around. Horses aren’t too fond of those things.”

Culin said with the new parade route you might want to take a different path to the event.

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“We recommend that people come in from the south,” Culin suggests. “They come in from maybe Bilby or Valencia to Nogales Highway and then down to Drexel to be able to park.”

According to Culin, there will also be free parking.

“There is a big parking lot the city has opened to allow people to come in and park you can walk, set up a chair, bring the baby carriage, stay overnight if they want to, and have a great time,” Culin said.

The road closures for the Tucson Rodeo Parade will go in place starting at 7 a.m. with the actual parade starting at 9 a.m.

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With the WM Phoenix Open in the rearview mirror, Arizona golf fans now await PGA Tour Champions, LPGA and Epson Tour events.

Up next is the return of the PGA Tour Champions tour to Tucson March 8-10, but at a new course this year. La Paloma Country Club, which is known for having been a shooting location for some of the scenes in the golf movie “Tin Cup,” is in the first year of a three-year deal.

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A field of 144 players will compete for a $2 million purse. The LPGA hosted the Drive On Championship in 2023 at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, and Celine Boutier won the tournament.

The LPGA has held an event in Arizona more than 70 times over the course of the tour’s nearly 75-year history.

In May, the LPGA’s developmental circuit, the Epson Tour, will play back-to-back events in Arizona, with the Casino Del Sol Classic at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, May 2-4, and the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic at TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course, May 9-12.

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Saturday, september 7th date set for popular cycling sportive series that is coming to ireland for the first time.

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The popular L’Étape de Tour cycling sportive series is coming to Ireland for the first time, the new event set to start and finish in Killarney on Saturday, September 7th.

Originally started back in 1993 to allow amateur cyclists ride a stage of the Tour de France , typically on the Tour rest day, there are now 33 L’Étape events worldwide, across 25 countries and five continents.

Organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), who also organise the Tour de France, the mass participation event takes place on mostly closed roads, featuring stage timing and various classifications, plus an official podium presentation with Tour de France jerseys.

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Although the exact stage details of L’Étape Ireland have yet be confirmed, there will be a 135km and 100km option around Killarney, plus a 5km family ride, with about 1,590m of uphill gradient climbing.

Both routes will have three timed mountain stages taking in climbs across Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass and Caragh Lake to compete for the title of king and queen on the mountain and a polka dot jersey. There will also be a sprint section where participants can battle it out for a Tour De France green jersey.

Both routes will be on closed or partially closed roads and the race and its participants will be monitored by safety officials throughout.

Speaking at the event launch in Dublin on Wednesday, former Irish professional Dan Martin said part of the appeal of L’Étape is bringing a flavour of the Tour de France to Ireland.

“It will be huge for the country from a tourist aspect, in terms of bringing people here,” said Martin. “But also getting Irish people on bikes and becoming part of the Tour de France family, it will be a great experience and what an incredible part of Ireland to be actually showcasing, using the race to showcase Kerry as a county and the incredible roads that are down there.

“It is multi-faceted the benefits it can bring to the country and the sport of cycling in Ireland. It’s open to everybody. There’s a family route as well and it’s for all levels, it’s not about riding it quickly, I’m sure there will be plenty riding it quickly but it’s about enjoying the day and the scenery and the experience.

“It’s all about the atmosphere, about bringing a little bit of the Tour de France to Kerry.

“It’s a destination, people will be coming from all over the world to ride this event, and so it is also about creating an experience over the weekend rather than just a one day event.”

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The Nutcracker

December 4, 2023, december 5, 2023.

“Like a time capsule, capturing the richness and fullness that once defined all ballet”

“Something for everyone”

“Head Jester Mikhail Ovcharov seemed to fly through the air with his cabrioles and grand jetes–a definite audience favorite”

“It was a treat to see probably some of the finest ballet artists in the world. This is probably as good as it gets”

“This production captivated us with classic ballet traditions while adding new choreography, hand painted sets, and beyond beautiful hand sewn costumes”

“A heightened sense of reality, folk tales and folk dances transmogrified into sinuous spectacle”

“One of the most transcendent cultural experiences I have had in a long time”

Holidays begin with the Nutcracker! The most favorite Christmas classic of all is coming to your city and you are invited to the show!

The Nutcracker, a mesmerizing part of the World Ballet Series, showcases a diverse cast of 40 professional ballet dancers, who come together to breathe new life into this classic holiday tradition.

Experience the excitement of the World Ballet in this family-friendly performance, featuring Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music, over 150 radiant hand-crafted costumes, lavish hand-painted sets, and the iconic Lev Ivanov choreography.

Join Marie and the Nutcracker on a thrilling Christmas night adventure to the Land of Sweets, where you’ll marvel at the famous Waltz of Flowers, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and encounter intriguing characters like Mother Ginger and Drosselmeyer.

Save the date and secure your tickets in advance to ensure you’re part of the magic!

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Prince Solo

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My daughter and I attended the show last night in Bristol, TN. I wish we could see it again… the dancers are amazing!

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We were able to see you in Riverside and it was phenomenal! Thank you so much for such a beautiful production!!

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Went to the Pittsfield show last night. My daughter and I LOVED it. We where in awe of the beauty and talent. Thanks you!

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You were beautiful and hysterical and a joy to watch dance! Can’t wait until the WBT comes back to Riverside California!

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Saw it in Roanoke, VA. It was absolutely wonderful! The costumes, sets, lighting, the talented dancers made it a night to remember. Bravo!!

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I got to see them 2nd row from the stage. The costumes were absolutely Brilliant!! I will be seeing them again!

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It was the most beautiful performance I have ever seen. So glad I didn’t miss it…

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It was FABULOUS!!! The costumes are unbelievable and the cast phenomenal ♥️♥️♥️

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The children of Counselor Stahlbaum, Marie and Fritz, ask their father to buy them the wonderful dolls displayed in the window of the toy shop. He does not agree but secretly negotiates with his friend Drosselmeier to send dolls to the children for Christmas. The Master sends gifts and prepares a surprise – a small doll for cracking nuts – the Nutcracker.

On Christmas Eve, the guests gather in the counselor's house. Children can’t wait to see the Christmas tree and holiday gifts. The coveted moment comes when the master of dolls comes dressed in the costume of a wizard and surprises everyone with his art. Clockwork dolls dance for all guests. Drosselmeyer gives Marie a funny Nutcracker. Fritz accidentally breaks it. Marie gently comforts her new favorite toy; her brother and his friends, wearing masks of mice, tease sad Marie. Everyone dances once again and leaves.

Marie falls asleep in her bedroom. But even in her sleep, she keeps worrying about the broken Nutcracker. The clock beats midnight. By the wave of Drosselmeyer’s hand, everything changes: room walls move apart, the Christmas tree begins to grow, and all toys come to life. Tin soldiers under the command of the Nutcracker march around the room. Suddenly, mice come out of the underground, led by the Mice King. The dolls are terrified and confused. Only the courage of the Nutcracker saves them. An unequal battle is tied up, and the Nutcracker is left alone with the King of Mice and his retinue. Marie, seeing the danger threatening her toy, takes off her slipper and throws it to the King of mice. Mice scatter scared. And then a miracle happens …. There is no more funny ugly doll – a handsome prince stands in front of Marie. He thanks her for her salvation and invites her to follow her. The waltz of the snowflakes carries our heroes in their dance.

Marie and the Prince's amazing journey continues. They sail along the sea to the city of sweets in Confitureurburg, the ruler of which is the Nutcracker. Suddenly, the mice are attacking again. The Nutcracker defeats the enemies. The inhabitants of the city gladly greet Masha and Prince. The good puppet Mater appears and turns the Kingdom of Sweets into a rose garden. Marie and the prince are happy! But all of this is just a dream. It was a Christmas Eve, and night dreams disappeared with it. There comes a new day. Masha sits by the Christmas tree with a Nutcracker toy on her lap…

ANDREA LASSAKOVA

ANDREA LASSAKOVA

RAZMIK MARUKYAN

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EKATERINA MALKOVICH

EKATERINA MALKOVICH

KONSTANTIN GERONIK

IRINA SAPOZHNIKOVA

PHILIP FEDULOV

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Andrea Lassakova was born in Dolny Kubin, Slovakia, and received her dance training exclusively with Klara Skodova at the Eva Jacz Dance Conservatory in Bratislava, the primary training facility for the Slovak National Ballet. She graduated from the Conservatory in 2011, and the same year joined the Slovak National Theatre as a demi-soloist, where she performed roles in ballets including The Nutcracker , Sleeping Beauty , Le Corsaire , La Sylphide , the Swan Lake , Giselle and The Little Prince .

In 2013-2014, Andrea moved to Finland and became a dancer of the Youth Company of the Finnish National Ballet. In 2014-2015, she joined the Finnish National Ballet’s Main Company. In 2015, Andrea moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, and joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet by invitation as soloist, and was promoted to the rank of First Soloist in 2021, dancing major principal repertoire including Odette/Odile in the Swan Lake , Medora in Le Corsaire , Gamzatti in La Bayadere , Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty , Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote , Queen of Willis in Giselle , Fairy of the Summer in Cinderella and Sylvia variation from Coppélia by Messerer.

Andrea was one of the few ballerinas to work under the tutelage of Madame Tatiana Nikolaevna Legat. From 2021-22 she was coached by former Kirov Ballet Prima Ballerina Zhanna Ayupova and worked frequently with choreographers Nacho Duato, Oleg Vinogradov, and Mikhail Messerer.

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Razmik Marukyan was born in Armenia and began dancing at 9. After graduating from the Yerevan Choreographic School in 2016, he was invited to the Armenian National Opera and Ballet Theater.

Razmik’s dream is to become the best in his profession. Despite his young age, Razmik has already earned multiple awards: Second prize and silver medal winner – the VII International Young Ballet of the World Competition named after Yuri Grigarovich; Finalist Diploma and Jury Award of Encouragement – USA International Ballet Competition; Finalist Diploma Award – Moscow XII International Ballet Competition in 2017; First prize and Best Artistic Performance Awards Winner – Concours Prix Arabesque, Belgium, 2017; Certificate of Honor – the National and Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Armenia.

His favorite fairy-tale hero is Prince Désiré, “because despite the difficulties he does everything to save Aurora”.

Razmik’s advice to an aspiring ballet dancer is to start dancing as early as possible, to remember that the ballet dancer’s professional career is quite short, do not waste time thinking about the difficulties, but just do it (he himself, for example, rehearsed for an average of 8-10 hours per day to prepare for the solo roles), maintain your health, and don’t let anyone stop you!

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Ekaterina Malkovich was born in Abakan, Russia, and she is World Ballet Series principal dancer. The former Ural Opera Ballet star and two-time nominee for the coveted Golden Mask Award says of the role: “I think that my own character and worldview are somewhat similar to that of Cinderella. Despite her circumstances, she looks at the world with kindness and never allows anger or grief to get the better of her.”  

Ekaterina graduated from Novosibirsk State Choreographic College, formerly Perm State Ballet School (class of the Honored Artist of Russia Galina Vedenina). She joined the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater’s Ural Opera Ballet in 2013. Malkovich has danced numerous soloist and principal roles including Giselle in Giselle , Gamzatti in La Bayadere , Kitri in Don Quixote , and Paquita in Yuri Krasavin’s Paquita (2019) for Ural Opera Ballet. She has garnered many awards, including Laureate of the International Competition of Choreographic Educational Institutions “Orleu” (Kazakhstan, 2010) and Diploma of the International Competition of Ballet Dancers “Arabesque” (Perm, 2016), and earned nominations as best artist for the prestigious Golden Mask Award in 2017 as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and in 2018 as Giannina in Naiad and the Fisherman .

Ekaterina took up gymnastics at five years old and began dancing a year later. Her professional dance career started when she was ten.

After completing her training at the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College, she went on to perform at Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre for over nine years.

Ekaterina performed on the main stages of the Bolshoi Theatre, Stanislavsky Theatre, and Alexandrinsky theatre, as well as the Samara Theatre and Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theatre as an invited Prima.

Ekaterina’s favorite character is Alice in Wonderland – she is strong and brave but at the same time naive and honest. She is very smart despite her young age.

Ekaterina’s dream is to one day open her own ballet school.

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Konstantin Geronik was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and graduated from the Belarusian State Choreographic College in 2010 with distinction. He joined the ballet company of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus. He has danced numerous leading roles and his repertoire includes Basilio in Don Quixote , Ali in Le Corsaire , The Bronze Idol in La Bayadère , James in Sylphide , Prince in The Nutcracker , Siegfried, Joker and Pas-de-trois in the Swan Lake , Chipollino in Chipollino , Desire, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty , Peasant Pas de deux in Giselle , Frondoso in Laurencia , Mercutio in Romeo and Julie t. Geronik has toured Germany, France, Spain, China, Japan, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, and Poland as a principal dancer.  

He has received multiple international awards and nominations, including: 1st Prize at the Young Ballet of the World competition in Sochi (2010), 1st Prize at the Tanzolymp competition in Berlin (2011), 1st Prize winner of The 4 Beijing International Ballet Invitational for Dance Schools & International Dance Performance Series (2012), the 3rd Prize winner of The International Competition of The Ballet Artists in Astana in 2016, the 2017 National Theatre Award as the best male dancer for his lead role in Le Petit Prince , and in 2018 Konstantin received the title of The Honored Artist of Belarus.

Konstantin also had an artistic collaboration with the founder and director of the international festival World Ballet Stars Vadym Pysarev and has performed as a guest artist at Nina Ananiashvili’s Gala Concert, who has been described by the Daily Telegraph as one of the twelve greatest ballerinas of all time.

Irina was born in a small town in Russia, (town of Abdulino, Orenburg region). Since childhood, she loved to dance and from the age of 4 she began to attend a ballet class. She first appeared on stage at the age of 6, and immediately fell in love with it.  

At the age of 11, she entered the Bashkir Choreographic School named after R. Nureyev (Rudolf Nureyev took his first dance steps at this school and after that went on to St. Petersburg to enter The Vaganova Academy). She studied there for 8 years and after graduating from the ballet school with honors she was accepted into the ballet troupe of the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theater (Ufa). Gradually, having gone through the entire corps de ballet, she began to dance solo parts in classical and modern ballets.  

In 2010, for the first time, Irina went to a ballet competition in the city of Istanbul and won her first silver medal. This was a huge victory for her and a big push for future victories. After this competition, for several years, Irina won 6 silver medals at other international competitions, including the world-famous competition in the city of Jackson (USA), which takes place every 4 years.  

After working at the Bashkir Theater for 6 years, Irina, at the invitation, moved to the city of Vladivostok, where a new theater was opened (2013), the Mariinsky Theater in the Far East. In this theater, she performed the leading roles in all performances. Repeatedly, as part of the troupe of this theater, Irina danced on the historical stage of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.  

Since December 2021, Irina has returned to the Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theater as a prima ballerina, where she has been working to this day. In 2015, Kanat Nadyrbek came to Vladivostok at the invitation of the leadership to perform the part of Siegfried in the ballet Swan Lake. Irina was his partner and this is how they first met. Three years later, they got married, and in 2020 the couple had a daughter. To this day, they often dance together a varied classical repertoire and also tour the world.  

Philip Fedulov comes from Philadelphia, USA, and started dancing when he was 7. He studied dance at the Ellison Ballet in New York and has danced with Houston Ballet and Orlando Ballet. In 2011, Philip became the finalist of the prestigious ballet competition Youth America Grand Prix New York, and in 2015, he received an award at the Domenico Modugno International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition in Bari, Italy. From 2013 to 2021, he was the Leading soloist in the Georgian State Ballet, where he danced a large variety of mostly classical ballets. In 2021, Philip joined the Latvian National Ballet Company as the Principal.

Philip says his dream is to stay healthy, dance to the best of his ability, and inspire future generations. Philips’s inspiration is the mythical hero Achilles, for his incomparable strength and abilities. He says that in the past, he felt as though he didn’t love Basilio from Don Quixote because of how one-dimensional the character seemed throughout the entire 3-act ballet. However, he’s grown to appreciate him more by bringing more of himself into the role.  

Philip’s least favorite steps are grand allegro jumps that involve turning in the air to his “bad” side. “It’s quite uncomfortable because of how rarely I can train them compared to my “good” side,” he explains. His favorite ballet and role would be Romeo in Romeo and Juliet . Philip says that he loves the wide spectrum of emotions and his premiere of this role was a very special time.  

When asked what he would advise someone starting ballet, he says, “As quickly as possible, cultivate the ability to see yourself critically and accept which areas you need to work on. It’s only at that point that real progress can be made.”

ANTON KRAVCHENKO

  • Swan Lake: Prince Siegfried, Rothbart

Anton was born in Minsk. He graduated from the Belarusian State Choreographic College. While still in the last years of study he was accepted into the troupe of the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus. Possession of bright artistic and technical abilities allowed him to achieve success in the shortest possible time and become the Premier of the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus. Over the years of work, there was not a single performance in which he would not take part. Each role performed by him makes you think and leaves a mark on your heart for many years, and the possession of natural stage charm leaves no one indifferent and makes every viewer fall in love with him.  

During the period of work, he participated in all tours of the theater, in more than two dozen countries. He enjoys great respect and influence in the team. He passes on his brilliant skills and experience to the younger generation, being not only a teacher at the Belarusian State Choreographic College, but also a teacher-tutor at the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus. His sense of style and ability to think outside the box was repeatedly used by choreographers when staging new performances, when he was involved as an assistant director ( Anastasia , Polovtsian Dances , Faust , The Little Humpbacked Horse , etc.).  

In 2008, for achievements in the profession, he was awarded the Francysk Skaryna medal, and in 2013 he was awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus. In the summer of 2022, for outstanding creative achievements, merits in the field of culture and art, he was awarded the title – People’s Artist of Belarus!

ADELYA NAZYROVA

  • Swan Lake: Black Swans, Russian Dance

Adelya Nazyrova started her dance odyssey at the age of 6. In 2015, she graduated from the Kazan Choreographic School further polished her skills with an internship at the Vaganova Academy.

Adelya showcased her talent in acclaimed ballets such as “Swan Lake,” “La Bayadère,” and “Sleeping Beauty,” enchanting audiences on international tours to London and Japan.

Adelya Nazyrova’s aspirations extend beyond the stage, as she dreams of opening a space for children to explore various dance styles under the guidance of diverse teachers.

For Adelya, there are no unloved roles, only opportunities to express her passion. Even in her least favorite movement, the Gargouillade, she infuses her performances with dedication and grace. From iconic roles like Swan Lake’s Odette-Odile to the complexities of Anna Karenina, Adelya Nazyrova’s love for dancing shines through, emphasizing that enjoyment on the stage is paramount.

Marcos Ramirez

Rasmus alghren, aviva gelfer – mundl, roman mejia, kanat nadyrbek.

Born in a small town in Kyrgyzstan – the town of Balykchy, Kanat never thought about ballet as a child, just played football and enjoyed the delights of country life. At the age of 11, his family moved to the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, and he needed to continue his studies somewhere. His uncle, the People’s Artist of the USSR, the famous ballet dancer Cholponbek Bazarbaev, having looked at his natural abilities, advised him to enter the ballet school. Thus began the story of Kanat in ballet.

While still a high school student, Kanat already danced solo parts at the Bishkek Academic Theater. In 2010 he began to cooperate with the Moscow troupe “Moscow City Ballet.” From 2012 to 2014 he was a soloist of the ballet theater in Seoul “Universal ballet.”

In 2015 he moved to Vladivostok as the premier of the Mariinsky Theater of the Primorsky Stage (there he met Irina Sapozhnikova – his future wife).

He repeatedly danced on the Historical Stage of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg the classical repertoire of World Ballet Series.

In 2021 he was invited to the Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theater as the premiere of the ballet troupe. At the moment he is the premier of the ballet troupe of the Kyrgyz Academic National Opera and Ballet Theatre, also the premier of the Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theater and the invited premier of the Rostov Musical Theater (Rostov-on-Don).

DARYA MEDOVSKAYA

  • Swan Lake: Odette / Odile, Pa de Trois, Big swans
  • Cinderella: Fairy Godmother, Stepsister
  • The Nutcracker: Columbine, Russian Dance

Darya was born in the town of Smorgon, Belarus, and she fell in love with dancing from a young age, taking ballroom dancing and jazz classes. At the age of nine, Darya began her professional classical dance training. She eventually graduated from the Belarusian State Choreographic Gymnasium-College and received a degree in teaching from the Belarus State Academy of Music.

Darya danced solo parts in every production of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus’ repertoire, as well as leading roles, such as Gamzatti in La Bayadere , Odette/Odille in the Swan Lake , Kitty Scherbatsky in Anna Karenina , Tzarina in The Firebird , and many others.

Darya’s favorite ballet is Anna Karenina . Her favorite fairy tale character is Belle from Beauty and the Beast because she is courageous, kind to everyone, and pure of heart.  

When it comes to the least favorite ballet move, Darya is not a fan of fouetté efface .

Darya hopes to visit all the beautiful and historical places of the world.

A piece of advice to her younger self: Be brave, don’t hide your potential. Modesty is a virtue, but it only holds you back when it comes to ballet.

SOFIA MATIUSENSCAIA

  • Cinderella: Cinderella

Sofia Matyushenscaia was lucky to be born in a family of professional ballet dancers in Chisinau, Moldova, and began to dance from an early age, from around 6 years old.

She studied at the National Choreographic College and trained in Italy in the city of Milan. She is a graduate of the Academy of Theater Music and Fine Arts, Faculty of Education. She performed leading roles on the stages of the Bolshoi Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, the Stanislavsky Theatre.  

Sofia doesn’t believe in having favorite parts in ballet, because in any part a dancer can find interesting nuances and ways to realize their talent and emotions. But if she really has to tell, she’ll confess that it’s Giselle. She does have a move that she finds rather challenging: pirouette attitude en dehors.

Her favorite fairy tale character is Leopold the Cat, because he is very friendly and avoids conflict at all costs – his attitude to life sets an example that any misunderstandings or difficulties can be resolved peacefully.

Sofia’s dream is to open her own ballet school.

An interesting fact about her: Sofia was nominated for Best Actress in the play Don Quixote at the Golden Mask festival.

To her younger self, or to an aspiring ballerina / aspiring ballet dancer, she would say: look for individuality in yourself, strive to make any movement uniquely yours, despite of the limits that classical ballet imposes.

  • Swan Lake: Prince, Pa de Trois
  • Cinderella: Prince, Prince’s Friend

Egor Burba was born in Krasnodar, Russia, and completed the primary classes at the Perm State Choreographic College. In 2015 he graduated from the Vishnevskaya College of Musical and Theater Arts in Moscow, and in 2020 he received a bachelor’s degree in Choreographic Performance from the Vaganova Academy.

Egor is a winner of many international competitions: Winner of the International ART Festival-Competition “Debut” (Moscow 2013); Laureate of the 3rd degree in the 2nd International Youth Competition of Classical Dance Performers “The Nutcracker Invites” (Russia 2014); Laureate of the 3rd degree Ballet-Festival “Dance Triumph” (Germany 2014).

Since 2015, he has been the soloist of the Cheboksary Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russia), since 2017 – an artist of the L. Yakobson St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theater (Russia), and since 2022 – first soloist of the National Theatre in Belgrade (Serbia).

Egor’s performances include: Albrecht, Peasant Pas de deux in Giselle ; Prince, Pas de deux of the Blue Bird and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty ; Prince in The Nutcracker ; Pas de trois, Jester in the Swan Lake ; Pas de deux in Le Corsaire ; Pas de trois in Paquita ; Golden God in La Bayadere ; and he performed leading roles on the stage of the Mariinsky Theater and the Alexandrinsky Theatre.

Egor’s dream is to travel the globe and to see every country the world. His favorite fairy tale hero is Carlson, because it was his favorite cartoon from childhood. His least liked role is the Prince’s Friend in the Swan Lake , because, he says, this character’s line is very undeveloped and constricted. His least favorite ballet move is Pique Soutenu.

To his younger self or to an aspiring ballerina / aspiring ballet dancer he would say: Don’t try to do movements without giving it a thought first, and always spend enough time warming up.

LEONARDO CELEGATO

Leo’s dream is to become a dancer people buy tickets to see on stage, whatever show he is in.

He was born in Padova, Italy and started his dancing career at the age of seven. His training began at John Cranko Schule Stuttgart followed by attending Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy and Vaganova Ballet Academy. After completing his education Leo spent a year dancing as part of the Joffrey Ballet Studio Company, performed the Solor part in the Bayadere at the Mariinsky Theater and now is a Demi-Soloist in Estonian National Ballet.

His favourite ballet role is the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, perhaps this is because he had such a fun time exploring this quirky and entertaining character while working on Gianluca Schiavoni’s production the ballet in Estonia. Leo finds joy in movement and expressing emotions and his personality on stage, so he is not a big fan of static roles. His dream role is Basilio in his favourite ballet Don Quixote.

A piece of advice to his younger self:

“Have more faith in the power of your passion and energy. It is OK not to be like the others and to bring your unique ideas to your dancing.”

YEVGENIY RYBKIN

  • Cinderella: Prince’s Friend, Dance Tutor
  • The Nutcracker: Soldier Doll, Spanish Dance

Yevheni was born in Kazakhstan, Almaty, and he started dancing when he was ten years old.

He studied at the Almaty Choreographic School named after A.V. Seleznev, danced at the Astana Opera Theater in Astana, participated in the entire repertoire and in the corps de ballet and various small solo parts.

Yevheni has a daring dream list and he wants to try skydiving, to swim with the whales and to star in a movie or series.

His favorite fairy tale character is The Simpleton dwarf in Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs , because he is cheerful and just enjoys what he has.

Yevheni’s most disliked ballet parts are the inserted pas de deux and pas de trois, because they are complex but ungrateful parts, and his most disliked move is the adagio .

His favorite ballet and character is Spartacus.

His advice to his younger version is: Work hard and participate in all competitions. Don’t be afraid and don’t complicate things in your head.

ANGELINA ZGURSKAYA

  • Swan Lake: Black Swans, Hungarian Dance
  • Cinderella: Stepmother
  • The Nutcracker: Arabian Dance, Mrs. Stahlbaum

Angelina loves ballet for its vivaciousness. She was born in Pleshenitsy – a small town in Belarus, and took up gymnastics when she was six, then gradually moved on to ballet by the age of ten. Angelina received her training at the Belarusian State Choreographic Gymnasium-College and she also graduated from the Belarus State University of Arts and Culture with a degree in Cultural Studies.

Angelina’s least favorite parts are those rather static roles which require more walking than dancing. She enjoys herself the most when moving and expressing herself in various characters and styles. The most challenging dance moves for her are the ones that require turnout – Angelina had to work hard on her turnout from an early age.

A piece of advice to her younger self: Always find good use for your free time. Keep improving, and never doubt yourself. You can do it!

EKATERINA LUKIANOVA

  • Swan Lake: Pa de Trois, Brides
  • Cinderella: Stepsister
  • The Nutcracker: Marie, Columbine, Candy Dance

Ekaterina likes trying new techniques in ballet and dreams of visiting Paris.

Ekaterina was born in Kaliningrad. She started dancing when she was eight years old – first as a member of the ensemble called “The Dream”. After some time, when she realized that dance was more than a hobby for her, Ekaterina moved to Minsk, Belarus, to receive her professional ballet performer training at the Choreography College.

Ekaterina danced on the stages of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus, Royal Opera House Muscat, and other renowned venues. Her roles include Maria in La Halte de Cavalerie , the Beloved in Straussiana , The Fairy of Generosity in Sleeping Beauty , Step Sister in Cinderella , Angela in Creation of the World , and Little Swan in Swan Lake .

Ekaterina’s least favorite ballet move is assemblé . She also came to learn that sometimes a new part that seems wrong at the beginning – it may contain a challenging technique, or an unusual character temperament – becomes her favorite through the work process. Ekaterina likes to find ways to bring color to a character and make it uniquely her own. Thus, she turns the roles that she initially disliked into the best and most interesting ones.

Ekaterina’s favorite fairy tale character is the Little Prince because he teaches us to look within, to be loyal, responsible, to value friendship and love. Her favorite ballet role is Giselle.

A piece of advice to her younger self: Be brave, don’t be afraid of anything, because the dream is stronger than fear.

ELDIIAR MARAT UULU

  • Cinderella: Prince’s Friend
  • The Nutcracker: Mouse, Spanish Dance

Eldiiar was born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and started dancing at the age of ten at the Bishkek Choreography College. He continued his training at the Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Arts and graduated in 2021 as a teaching choreographer.

Eldiiar gained a vast performing experience at home, on the grand stage of the Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Academic Theatre.

His favorite ballet is Don Quixote (he would like to one day dance Basile), and his favorite character is Spartacus from the ballet of the same name because of the main character’s will to fight for freedom. In the contrast, his least favorite role is Hans from Giselle , because the love triangle between Albert, Giselle, and Hans eventually drove Giselle mad.

Eldiiar hopes that one day there will be peace on Earth and wishes for more kindness in the world.

A piece of advice to his younger self: Work smarter, not harder.

MAKSIM VLAS

  • Swan Lake: Rothbart, Hungarian Dance
  • Cinderella: Mouse
  • The Nutcracker: Drosselmeyer

Maksim was born in Minsk, Belarus, and started dancing when he was 6. His dance career began in a ballroom dancing class, but after a while, Maksim found himself in the world of ballet. He received his training at the Belarusian State Choreographic Gymnasium-College and was invited to the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. Since then, Maksim has performed on various stages across the world.

Maksim does not have the least favorite dance moves; there are only those he is yet to master. His least favorite character is Crassus in Spartacus – he is vain, full of hubris, and thinks he is invincible out of ignorance.

A piece of advice to his younger self: Have more confidence in yourself!

SAADI IMANKULOV

  • Swan Lake: The Jester’s Dance
  • The Nutcracker: The Nutcracker Toy

Saadi aims to become the best at what he does, and even though dreams like this don’t always come true, he believes one should absolutely dare to dream big.

He is from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and started his ballet training rather early at the Bazarbayev Bishkek Choreographic College from which he graduated in 2014. Saadi continued his education at the Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Arts, graduating in 2020.

Saadi has many favorite roles, but one character, whose life, passion, and pain he would like to experience, is Crassus in Spartacus . He also likes Basile in Don Quixote and Kasym in Mother’s Field . Saadi’s least favorite ballet moves are adagio and cabriole ; the roles he likes the least are those which do not give the performer much space for dramatic expression.

A piece of advice to his younger self: There are no small roles, only small actors.

  • Swan Lake: Big Swans, Russian Dance
  • Cinderella: Dance of the Oranges
  • The Nutcracker: Candy Dance

Edyta was born in Wrocław, Poland. She began dancing when she was four years old and completed her training at the State Ballet School in Berlin, Germany. She has gone on to perform at the Wrocław Opera, Theater Dortmund and Theater Magdeburg. Her favorite ballet role is Giselle – a beautiful story teaching us that one should never play with the feelings of others.

A piece of advice to her younger self: Never give up.

EGOR AZARKEVICH

  • Swan Lake: Rothbart

Egor Azarkevich graduated from the Belarusian State Choreographic College and joined the ballet company of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus in 2007. He is famous for his portraying of the Slave and Solor in  La Bayadère, Ali in  Le Corsaire , Siegfried and Von Rothbart in  Swan Lake , Romeo, Tybalt and Paris in  Romeo and Juliet , Soloist in  Paquita , Spartacus and Crassus in  Spartacus , The Price in  The Nutcracker , Khan Girey and Vaslav in  The Fountain of Bakhchisarai , the Poet and Goliard in  Carmina Burana , Rogneda`s brother in  Passions (Rogneda) , Phoebus in  La Esmeralda , God and Adam in  The Creation of the World , Price in Snow   White and the Seven Dwarfs , Hans in  Giselle , Gurn in La Sylphide , Shakhzaman in  Scheherazade , Tristan in  Tristan and Isolde , His Excellency and Student in  Anyuta , Espada in  Don Quixote , Price and Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty , Dark Angel and Boy in  Serenade , The Vizier in Thamar , José in  Carmen Suite , Soloist in  Bolero , Ivan in  The Firebird , Bahram in  Seven Beauties , The Pilot in  Le Petit Price and many others.

Egor has toured Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, China, Mexica, South Korea, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon as a principal dancer.

Egor obtained a diploma in Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Competition (RNIBC) in Budapest as a finalist in 2008.

HARUKA NOMURA

  • Swan Lake: Little Swans, Pas de trois, Mazurka
  • The Nutcracker: Chinese Dance

Haruka was born in Japan and started studying ballet in Kyoto when she was 7 years old.

In 2013-2015 she trained at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (class of Professor Lyudmila Kovaleva). In 2015-2022 she worked at the Astrakhan State Theater of Opera and Ballet in Russia, and from 2017 was promoted to leading soloist.

She is the 3rd prize winner of the Russian-Japanese Eurasia competition 2019. She toured Germany, England, Spain, and China.

The highlighted roles of her career include: Masha/Princess in The Nutcracker , Giselle in Giselle , Aurora, Princess Florine in Sleeping beauty , Pas de trois in the Swan Lake , Queen of Dryads, Street Dancer in Don Quixote . Also, Sylphide in La Sylphide, Black Swan Pas de dux from Swan Lake, Pas de dux from Talisman, Pas de dux from Le Corsaire 3rd act, and more.

Haruka’s dream is to have her own big book library. Her favorite fairy tale is The Three Musketeers , which she read many times as a child. She is especially fond of the characters of D’Artagnan and Athos, because they are brave and smart, fight against evil, and their resourcefulness gets them out of any trouble they find themselves in.

Haruka likes a good choreographic challenge and prefers complicated parts which allow for a range of movement. Her favorite ballet role is Giselle because Giselle is a very emotional, lyrical character, and she is in love. “When I dance Giselle, I can feel Giselle’s emotions, happiness, pain, sadness and love… and I want to convey these emotions to the audience” – she says.

Her advice to an aspiring ballet dancer is: Have no fear, dance with your soul, express your emotions, and have fun!

ALINA RYBAKOVA

  • Swan Lake:  Big Swans, Black Swan, Brides
  • Cinderella: Stepsister, Dance of the Oranges
  • The Nutcracker: Arabian Dance

Alina was born in Minsk. As a child, she went to preparatory ballet classes, and they danced in those very same ballet classrooms of the college in which she later enrolled while still in the fifth grade – the Belarusian State Choreographic Gymnasium-College. After graduating from there, she was hired by the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater in Minsk. She worked there for two years, first as a corps de ballet dancer, and then at the end of the second year she was promoted to coryphée.  

While working in the theater, she danced both group and coryphée parts, such as the corps de ballet of the entire female repertoire, as well as the Stones and Great Maid of Honor from the ballet Sleeping Beauty , classics from Don Quixote , insertion variation from Don Quixote , Pa Daxion from Paquita , Two Willis from Giselle , Brides from the Swan Lake .  

Alina’s dream is to have a strong, loving family and a house by the sea. She doesn’t have any specific favorite fairy-tale hero, but she really loves all the fairy tales and cartoons with animals.  

There is no ballet role that she doesn’t love or wouldn’t like to try to perform. As a child, Alina loved to do the rond de jambe en l’air . She loves the ballet Don Quixote and the role of Kitri.  

Alina believes that it is impossible to achieve something great without hard work, and that you need to work on yourself every day, developing both physically and spiritually.

ALEXANDRE ISCHENKO

  • Swan Lake: Spanish Dance
  • Cinderella: Dance Tutor
  • The Nutcracker: Fritz

Aleksandr was born in Kobrin (Belarus), and when he was 2 years old, his parents moved to Ukraine (Crimea).

He studied at the Kiev State Choreographic School until the 9th grade and completed his education at the Belarusian State Choreographic Gymnasium-College.

Aleksandr danced at the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus for 4 years.

His biggest dream is peace in the world. His favorite hero is The Little Humpbacked Horse, because he is very kind, cheerful and devoted to his owner-friend.

Aleksandr finds that his least favorite ballet move is jete entrelasse , and his favorite ballet is Romeo and Juliet , where he loves the character of Mercutio.

A message that he would like to pass on to his younger self is: You will succeed, just start stretching right now.

VAGIZ SULTANOV

  • Swan Lake: Jester’s Dance
  • Cinderella: Dance of the Clocks, Guest at the Ball
  • The Nutcracker: Butler, Walts of the Flowers

Vagiz Sultanov began his captivating dance journey at the age of 6. His formative years were spent honing his craft at the Bashkir Choreographic College, named after the legendary Rudolf Nureyev.

Vagiz’s artistry unfolded on prestigious stages, including the Rostov State Theater (2014-2019) and the Astrakhan Opera and Ballet Theater (2021-2023). His repertoire is as diverse as it is impressive, featuring notable performances in ballets such as Swan Lake, Bayadère, Nutcracker, Corsair, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Color, Prince Igor, The Snow Maiden, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Sylphide, Bolero, Gayane, and many more.

Grand Rond in adagio holds a special place in Vagiz’s heart, showcasing his love for the intricate and expressive movements within the ballet realm. Additionally, the ballet “Tom Sawyer,” curated by Rinat Abushakhmanov, stands as a testament to Vagiz’s commitment to bringing new and innovative ideas to life.

Vagiz Sultanov, with his rich and varied repertoire, continues to inspire audiences with his dedication, creativity, and relentless pursuit of excellence in the world of ballet.

JOY GILLIAN REDINGTON

  • Swan Lake: Spanish Dance, Waltz
  • Cinderella: The Guest at the Ball, Entourage
  • The Nutcracker: Walts of the Snowflakes, Walts of the Flowers

MAKIKO MIYASHO

  • Swan Lake: Spanish Dance, Black Swans, Waltz
  • Cinderella: Entourage, Guests at the Ball

Born in Takamatsu, Japan, Makiko’s love for ballet began at the age of 10 when she started training at the Koike Ballet Studio and Emiko Ikemoto Ballet School in Hiroshima. Her pursuit of excellence led her to participate in the Summer School by the Washington School of Ballet. In 2008, she gained admission to the Perm Choreographic School, where she graduated with honors.

Makiko’s professional career as a ballet dancer spans over a decade, encompassing performances in various renowned theaters. From 2011 to 2017, she showcased her talent as a soloist at the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater, followed by a tenure at the Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theater from 2017 to 2020, where she excelled in both corps de ballet and solo roles.

Since 2021, Makiko has immersed herself in studying the Cecchetti ballet method as a ballet teacher with the “Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing” in England. Her dedication and talent were recognized in 2022 when she was awarded the “Teachers Study Award” by the Cecchetti Society Trust in England, earning a scholarship to join their prestigious Summer Seminar.

Driven by her love for ballet and a desire to inspire others, Makiko continues to pursue her dreams, aspiring to dance for as long as she can and to share the joy of ballet with audiences around the world.

TATIANA SULIAK

  • Swan Lake: Mazurka Dance, Waltz
  • Cinderella: Entourage, the Guest at the Ball
  • The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Snowflakes, Waltz of the Flowers

Tatyana Sulyak found her passion for ballet at the tender age of 6 in her hometown of Pruzhany. By the age of 10, she had embarked on a journey to Minsk, enrolling in the Belarusian State Choreographic College, where she honed her skills for eight years. In 2018, Tanya joined the prestigious Bolshoi Theater of Belarus, gracing its stage until 2023.

With a repertoire spanning classics like Giselle, Swan Lake, Corsair, Bayadère, and Sleeping Beauty, Tanya’s versatility shines through. Her heart finds joy in portraying the spirited “gypsies” in Esmeralda and the enchanting “pussycat” in Sleeping Beauty. Since 2023, she has been enchanting audiences as a cast member of the World Ballet Company.

Tatyana’s favorite ballet character is the stepsister in Cinderella, a role that tugs at the heartstrings and brings smiles to viewers.

Away from the stage, Tanya dreams of extensive travel, a flourishing family, and setting an example for her children. A firm believer in the magic of effort, she draws inspiration from Harry Potter, reminding us that miracles happen with determination.

Tatyana Sulyak echoes the sentiments of her mentor, who once said, “You can do much more than you think.”

DMITRY LAZOVIK

  • The Nutcracker: Chinese Dance, Soldier Doll

Dmitry believes that there is no such thing as a bad role. He was born in 1991 in Slutsk, Belarus and right after graduating from Choreographic College in 2011 was invited to join Belarus State Academic Musical Theatre as a principal dancer.

Ironically, Dmitry is a recipient of a “Crystal Slipper” Diploma. In 2014, he became a laureate of the 2nd International Baltic competition and also received an award for his contribution to the performing arts from the Minsk City Council.

His favorite cartoon character is Timon from The Lion King because his positivity can charm anyone.

Dmitry believes that every role gives a performer an opportunity to grow. However, his favorite one is Romeo from Romeo and Juliet.

His least favorite ballet move is Gargouillade.

Dmitry hopes to show as many people around the world as possible that ballet is not boring.

A piece of advice to his younger self: “Keep working. This is the best profession in the world.”

GALINA IANOVSKAIA

  • Swan Lake: Brides
  • Cinderella: the Guest at the Ball, Entourage

ILYA TUROCK

  • Swan Lake: The Prince’s Tutor
  • Cinderella: King
  • The Nutcracker: Mr. Stahlbaum

DIANA SEMISOKHA

  • Swan Lake: Hungarian Dance
  • The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers, Waltz of the Snowflakes

IGOR GANCHARYK

  • Cinderella: Mouse, Dance of the clocks
  • The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers

A seasoned traveller, Igor lived and worked in many countries of the world, including Dubai and China.

He was born in Minsk and started dancing when in the second grade. Right after graduating from Choreographic College in Minsk, Igor was invited to the Belarus Musical Theatre, where after three months he was promoted to soloist. In 2014 Igor moved to Dubai, where he lived and worked with his wife for two years, after which the couple received and accepted an invitation to move to China for three years.

Igor loves fairytales. But favourite fairy-tale character depends on the current preference of his little daughter. His least favourite ballet role was Shakhriyar in 1001 Nights, because Igor was offered to dance the part at the age of 19 and was convinced he would not rise up to the challenge. It seemed to him that at such young age it would be impossible to play a wise, grown-up king.

A piece of advice to his younger self: “Good job! You’ve done everything right. Have no regrets and never betray your principles.”

ANASTASIA PAVLOVA

  • Swan Lake: Big Swans, Brides

Anastasia’s path to ballet started from ice-skating.

She was born in Saint Petersburg and had a love for sports since early childhood, when she began ice-skating at the age of four. After some time she took up gymnastics and eventually started dancing at the age of nine. Anastasia has completed her training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint-Petersburg and was invited to dance at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

As a permanent company member of the World Ballet Series, she performed such roles as Pas de Trois, Big Swans’ dance, Walz, Bride’s dance, Spanish dance, and the Russian dance in Swan Lake, the Waltz of Snowflakes (Solo), Waltz of the Flowers (Leading couples), and the Russian dance in the Nutcracker.

Anastasia’s dreams to continue doing the work that she loves, and that brings her joy. Her favourite fairy-tale character is the Little Mermaid, and favourite ballet is Swan Lake – even though it is one of the most difficult ballets to perform. As for the role she would like to perform one day, it would definitely be Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty”.

A piece of advice to her younger self:

Always believe in yourself, never despair, never give up.

NURBOL MARLISOV

  • Swan Lake: Hungarian dance
  • Cinderella: Dance of the Clocks
  • The Nutcracker: Chinese Dance, Dance of the Flowers

ALEXANDRA MOROZOVA

Erlan mederbekov.

  • Cinderella: Mouse, Dance of the Clocks
  • The Nutcracker: Doll

ALEXANDRA RAKOVSKAYA

  • Swan Lake: Russian Dance

KYUNSUN PARK

  • Swan Lake: Little Swans

Kyunsun Park was born in Korea, yet received a Vaganova Ballet education which gives her performances their own unique fabric.

She was trained at the Russian Ballet Academy in Japan, spent three years at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and performed with the Odessa State Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Most majestic for her, thus far, has been her time as a soloist at the Yekaterinburg State Academical Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Kyunsun’s finesse and prowess no doubt comes from her training with Irina Sytnilova (formerly a Mariinksy soloist and Associate Professor at the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy) and “Sir of Dance,” Gennady Selutsky, one of the most honored professors at the Russian Ballet Academy who danced for over 35 years with the Mariinsky Ballet.

VICTORIIA MAZINA

Igor matskevich.

  • Swan Lake: Mazurka Dance
  • Cinderella: Father
  • The Nutcracker: Spanish Dance

VALERIA GRUDINA

  • Swan Lake: Hungarian Dance, Black Swans
  • Cinderella: Russian Dance

CRISTINA PAVONE

  • Swan Lake: Big Swans
  • The Nutcracker: Walts of the Flowers

EKATERINA ARTEMENKO

  • Swan Lake: Little Swans, Mazurka
  • Cinderella: Entourage, the Guest of the Ball

Ekaterina Artemenko, a native of Minsk, Belarus, embarked on her artistic journey with a unique blend of rhythmic gymnastics and dance. From the ages of 2 to 10, she enchanted audiences with rhythmic grace before transitioning to the choreographic college.

For two years, Ekaterina graced the stage of the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus, immersing herself in a diverse repertoire. From the whimsical Cupid in Don Quixote to the enchanting Princess in The Nutcracker and the playful Fairy of Carefree to the Little Red Riding Hood in Sleeping Beauty, her versatility shone through. The Neapolitan dance in Swan Lake and many more roles showcased Ekaterina’s prowess and artistry.

Beyond the stage, Ekaterina’s dreams extend to travel, yearning to explore diverse countries and cultures. Her approach to roles is nuanced, recognizing the challenges and joys in each, with a special fondness for the delightful experience of portraying children in The Nutcracker. There, spontaneity and creativity reigned, allowing for fun and humorous improvisations on stage.

Jumping and spinning are Ekaterina’s cherished moments in classical lessons, especially relishing the thrill of big jumps. Her favorite ballet, Don Quixote, captivates her with its vibrancy and diverse characters, creating a tapestry of joy and excitement.

Ekaterina, with a touch of humor, would advise aspiring ballet dancers to ponder the challenges of the demanding profession.

Ekaterina Artemenko, a versatile artist, continues to leave an indelible mark on the ballet stage, blending athleticism, creativity, and a love for dance.

ALEXANDER KOROBTSOV

  • The Nutcracker: Mouse

LIIA BIISHEVA

Mizuki matsumoto.

  • Swan Lake: Black Swans, Brides
  • The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers, Walts of the Snowflakes

Mizuki Matsumoto, a gifted artist from Japan, commenced her remarkable dance journey at the tender age of 3. Her formative years were dedicated to the art of ballet at the Ecole de ballet MU in Japan. Later, at the age of 17, she embarked on a transformative chapter at the prestigious Vaganova Academy.

Mizuki’s artistry graced the stage of the Astrakhan State Opera and Ballet Theater, where she brought her talent to life through captivating performances. Her aspirations extend beyond borders, echoing her dream to travel the world, experience diverse cultures, and enrich her artistic perspective.

Enchanting audiences with her grace and skill, Mizuki finds inspiration in the character Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Drawn to Belle’s bravery, intelligence, and refusal to judge based on appearances, Mizuki identifies with these noble qualities.

Mizuki’s preferred move is Allegro, showcasing her love for lively and brisk movements. Her chosen ballet, “Vain Precaution,” features her in the role of Lisa, where she adds her own artistry to this classic piece.

Mizuki Matsumoto’s advice to her younger self and aspiring dancers echoes the sentiments of joy and gratitude for the privilege of gracing the stage. She encourages them to hold onto these emotions, to remember the sheer delight of dancing, and to persistently embrace opportunities for growth.

ALEXANDRA SODOLEVA

Maxim alasheev.

  • Swan Lake: Mazurka, HungarianDance
  • Cinderella: Father, Mouse
  • The Nutcracker: Butler, Russian Dance

Maxim Alasheev took his first steps into the world of dance at the age of 6. His journey led him to the Belarusian State Choreographic Gymnasium-College. After graduation Maxim was invited to the the renowned Bolshoi Theater of Belarus, where he seamlessly blended into both the corps de ballet and solo roles. From the charismatic “young men” in “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” to the dynamic performances as one of the 4 friends in “Laurency” and the captivating solos in “Swan Lake,” Maxim’s versatility shines through.

Inspired by a vision of world peace, Maxim Alasheev aspires to contribute to harmony through his artistry. Much like his admired character, Tarzan, Maxim values strength, both in spirit and physical qualities. He sees Tarzan as a paragon of morality and fairness, portraying these qualities with restrained nobility and generosity. Also, the role of Basil in the ballet “Don Quixote” holds a special place in Maxim’s heart.

Guided by the mantra “never lose heart and move forward under any circumstances,” Maxim Alasheev exemplifies resilience and determination.

LUBOV GERONIK

Lubov Geronik, the younger sister of the renowned brother, began her enchanting dance journey at the age of 6. Her training unfolded at the Belarusian State Choreographic Gymnasium-College. The memories that linger most vividly include the dynamic variations of Kitri, Medora, the enchanting fairy Kroshka, and the Pas de sklyav from the ballet Corsair, which she showcased at the graduation final concert.

Lubov’s artistry graced the prestigious Bolshoi Theater of Belarus, where she assumed the role of a dedicated corps de ballet dancer. Her repertoire is nothing short of extraordinary, spanning iconic performances in “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” “Corsair,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Don Quixote,” and an extensive list that includes operas and ballets such as “Esmeralda,” “Nutcracker,” “Carmina Burana,” and many more.

Her favorite fairy-tale heroes, the Little Prince and Rose, resonate deeply, portraying profound life values, wise quotes, and the pure story of love and friendship.

For Lubov, each ballet role holds its unique charm, and there are no least favorites. However, the Garguiad movement finds itself at the bottom of her preferences. In the realm of ballet, her heart belongs to “The Little Prince,” where she embodies the character of Rose, and “Don Quixote,” where she dazzles as Kitri.

Lubov would impart invaluable advice if given the chance to speak to her younger self: “Have more self-confidence, disregard envious people, embrace the unfamiliar, conquer difficulties without fear, shun laziness, continuously work on yourself, and above all, never lose heart.”

VALERIYA DYSHLEVAYA

  • Swan Lake: Black Swans

ANDREI POSAKH

  • Swan Lake: the Prince’s Tutor, the Jester’s Dance
  • The Nutcracker: Butler, Waltz of the Flowers

NORIKO NAKABAYASHI

  • Swan Lake: Little Swans, the Jester’s Dance

Introducing the Stellar Cast of the Nutcracker Ballet

World Ballet Series proudly presents an exceptional, multinational ensemble of dancers, handpicked from premier ballet institutions across Europe, Japan, the UK, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and beyond.

Principal Dancer Ekaterina Malkovich, who graces the stage as Clara, is an accomplished and celebrated ballerina, earning the prestigious Golden Mask Theatre Award. Joining her in the spotlight as the Prince is the rapidly ascending classical ballet star, Constantine Geronik.

This remarkable performance also showcases the talents of a new generation of ballet virtuosos, including Angelina Zgurskaya’s dazzling portrayal of the Stepmother, Kyunsoon Park’s breathtaking pas-de-trois in Swan Lake, and Rebecca Nervi’s unforgettable rendition of Mother Ginger.

Don’t miss this captivating ballet experience, which masterfully combines tradition and innovation, highlighting the incredible skill and artistry of a diverse and talented cast. Book your tickets now to witness this mesmerizing display of ballet excellence.

Meet the Star: Ekaterina Malkovich in the Nutcracker

Ekaterina Malkovich, an accomplished ballet virtuoso, is the first soloist of the World Ballet Series. As a former star of the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater, she has steadily garnered international acclaim and amassed numerous accolades.

Malkovich has twice been nominated for the prestigious Golden Mask Theatre Award (in 2017 and 2018) for her outstanding female ballet performances. She was recognized for her roles in “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Vyacheslav Samodurov, and “Naiad and the Fisherman,” directed by Yuri Burlak.

Additionally, she holds the esteemed title of Laureate of the International Competition of Choreographic Educational Institutions “Orleu.”

Experience the unparalleled grace and artistry of Ekaterina Malkovich as she takes the stage in the World Ballet Series, enchanting audiences with her captivating performances and exceptional talent. Don’t miss your chance to witness this rising ballet star in action.

The Magical Soundscape: Music in the World Ballet Series

Discover the enchanting soundscape that brings the captivating world of the Nutcracker to life in the World Ballet Series. Our talented team of sound engineers and music curators carefully select and blend compositions from the most renowned composers to create a harmonious and evocative auditory experience for our audience.

As a vital component of each ballet performance, music has the power to transport and inspire, adding depth and emotion to every scene. Though our touring ballet company is not currently accompanied by a live orchestra, we ensure that the music is skillfully engineered and reproduced, maintaining the highest quality and authenticity for our patrons.

Join us on this magical journey as we celebrate the powerful union of music and dance, weaving together an unforgettable experience that speaks to the heart and captivates the senses.

Audience Suitability: A Show for Everyone

The World Ballet Series’ presentation of the Nutcracker is a universally appealing experience designed to delight audiences of all ages. Whether you’re a seasoned ballet enthusiast or new to the magical world of theater, this performance is sure to impress and inspire.

While our shows are created to appeal to a broad audience, we recommend that children aged 3 and older join us for the best experience. The Nutcracker is a timeless fairy tale that has established itself as a family-friendly Holiday classic, making it an ideal choice for those with young children. Please note that Tchaikovsky’s powerful score may be loud for very young audience members.

Stay Informed and Engaged: Understanding the Ballet Performance

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the entire Nutcracker story; we’ve got you covered. Upon arrival at the venue, you’ll find information stands in the lobby featuring QR codes that you can scan to access our digital program. This comprehensive guide includes a synopsis of the plot and a timeline to help you follow the on-stage events with ease. So, sit back, relax, and let us guide you through the enchanting world of the Nutcracker’s ballet performance.

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