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Theatre Link presents international award winning ballet stars:  
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Alexei Tyukov graduated with honors from the Perm State Ballet Academy in 1995 in his home city of Perm, Russia. That same year, he joined the Perm State Ballet, where he performed lead roles in Swan Lake, Tango, Don Quixote, Giselle, and The Nutcracker. He toured extensively with the Perm State Ballet Theatre throughout Austria, Germany, Ireland, China, and Japan. At the 1998 International Ballet Competition Arabesque, Tyukov won first place in the Senior Men’s Division and was awarded “The Mikhail Arnopolskii Prize” given to the most talented participant of the competition. He joined Ballet Internationale in 1999, and has since received rave reviews for his leading role performances in Phaedra, The Nutcracker, The Creation of the World, and A Thousand and One Nights. In 2003 and 2004, Tyukov performed in the international gala, Le Gala des Etoiles, in Montreal. He also performed in 2003 in the Stars of the 21st Century, in Paris and participated in the Stars of the Kirov in Germany in 2005.
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Chieko Oiwa joined Ballet Internationale in 1999. A native of Nagoya, Japan, she is the recipient of many awards. In 1996, she received first place in the Junior Division of the Kobe Modern Dance Competition. The following year Oiwa won the IBM Award at the Asia Pacific International Ballet Competition. In 1999, she was a semi-finalist at the Japan International Ballet and Modern Competition and in July 2000, Oiwa became a finalist at the Varna International Ballet Competition. Her repertoire includes leading roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Bayadére, Phaedra, Napoli, and A Thousand and One Nights. She was invited to perform at the 2004 Le Gala des Etoiles in Montreal, Canada. In 2005, Oiwa performed at the Stars of the Kirov in Germany and in a production of Stone Flower in Japan.
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Ogulcan Borova was born in 1980, in Turkey where he was recognized in 1996 as the First Prize Winner at the ''3rd National Rotary Clubs Dance Competition" in Turkey. He won the Bronze Medal at the 1998 "Varna International Ballet Competition" in Bulgaria and recieved the award "Star Dancer of Turkey" from the Dokuz Eylul University of Izmir, where he was trained by Shavkat Tursunov. He won the Gold Medal at the "7th New York International Ballet Competition" in 2003. During that same year he was a guest artist in the "Korea World Ballet Stars Gala" in Seoul. He was also invited performing artist at The 21st Gala des Etoiles in Montreal '04, Vail Internationale Dance Festival in Colorado '04, 5th Gala de Esteralles in Venezuela '05 and the "Stars of Kirov Ballet Gala" In Germany 05. He won the Gold Medal at the "2nd Seoul International Dance Competition" in Korea in 2005. He had many succesfull performances while touring with Ballet Internationale to China, Canada, Taiwan and many cities within the USA. He worked with Eldar Aliev, Irina Kolpakova, Sergei Brejnoi, Vladilen Semenov, Tatiana Pali, Rinat Imaev. Dance Magazine labeled Ogulcan as a "feisty, brilliant dancer", Pointe Magazine presented him as an "International star", The New York Times said "powerful performance" and The Montreal Gazette describes that "he brought the house down". He was dancing with Ballet Internationale Indianapolis(1999-2005), which he joined in 1999 and was promoted to principal in 2001. He has danced the leading roles in the company's productions of Phadera, Don Quixote, A Thousand and One Nights, Carmen, La Fille Mal Gardee, Interzone, Creation of the World, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Esmeralda,Dracula, Copellia, Cinderella, Napoli, Fire Bird, Peter Pan, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, La Bayadere, Satanila, Le Corsaire and The Nutcracker.
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A native of the Ukraine, Irina Komarenko is a 1992 graduate of the Alma-Ata Ballet Academy. Upon graduation, she joined the world-renowned Donetsk Ballet and danced leading roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadére and others. At the 1995 International Festival Stars of the World of Ballet, she received “The Hope of Ukrainian Ballet” diploma of recognition and in 1998, at the same event, she was awarded the “High Mastership” festival prize of recognition. Komarenko has toured in Italy, France, Norway, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Canada, China and Switzerland. In 1998, she was a Finalist in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and in July of 2000 received an award for being the best non-competing partner at Varna’s International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. She joined Ballet Internationale in 1999, and since then she has performed as Eve in The Creation of the World, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Nurse in Phaedra, Scheherazade in A Thousand and One Nights and a Solo Variation in Napoli.