Marlen Alimanov

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Marlen Alimanov began his training at age 9 at the Almaty Ballet Academy in Kazakhstan, then danced with Almaty Ballet and Opera, Ballet Novosibirsk and the Russian National Ballet. In 2010 Marlen came to the United States to fulfill his dream of dancing in America. Now in his third season with Texas Ballet Theater, he has danced Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Sugar Plum Fairy’s cavalier in The Nutcracker, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty and the prince in Cinderella.

Where are you from?
Kazakhstan

When did you begin dancing?
Age 9

Why did you begin dancing?
My mom wanted me to try and I liked it

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
August 2014

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Spartacus

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Legend of Love/Basil Don Quixote

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
All the places my dancing took me

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Photography

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Camping

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
FC Barcelona

If you could drive any car, what would it be?
Audi/Porsche

If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
Bahamas