Carolina Ballet Announces Final Performance of Timour Bourtasenkov

Professional Ballet Company Announces Final Performance of Principal Dancer and Founding Member

Raleigh, NC, April 25, 2013 --( Robert Weiss, artistic director and CEO of Carolina Ballet (, has announced the final performance of Timour Bourtasenkov, a principal dancer and founding member of Carolina Ballet. Bourtasenkov has been a member of the company since 1998. Audiences can see this performance on Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center, where he will dance in the production of Fancy Free/Carolina Jamboree.

Originally from Moldavia, Bourtasenkov began his professional education with the Moldavian Opera House and Bolshoi Ballet. Prior to dancing with the Carolina Ballet, he danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and the New York-based Daring Project. In 1998, he helped found the Carolina Ballet and has been a principal dancer since that time, dancing in many roles created specifically for him by Robert Weiss. A gifted choreographer, Bourtasenkov has choreographed works for Carolina Ballet, Infinity Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and, most recently, the New York Choreographic Institute.

Bourtasenkov has received local and international recognition, receiving the Bronze Medal in the VII Massako Ohyo World Ballet Competition of Osaka, Japan and the V International Competition of Paris, France, as well as a jury prize at the 2nd Luxembourg International Ballet Competition. In 1996, Bourtasenkov became the artistic advisor of Infinity Ballet and in 2005 he was named the artistic director of Carolina Performing Arts Center in Pinehurst, N.C.

“Carolina Ballet has been so fortunate to have the talents and influence of Timour within our company for the past 18 years,” said Weiss. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors and are excited to see what exciting and important ventures await him. The entire company will miss Timour but we offer our whole-hearted support of him in all that he does.”

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- Fancy Free was the first ballet choreographed by Jerome Robbins, and Carolina Jamboree is a bluegrass-infused work choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett.

About Carolina Ballet:
Carolina Ballet is a world-class professional ballet company based in Raleigh, N.C. Since its professional launch in 1998 under the leadership of Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, the company has staged more than 80 world premiere ballets, toured internationally in China and Hungary, and has been acclaimed as one of the premiere arts organizations in the country. The mission of Carolina Ballet is to entertain and enlighten audiences in Raleigh, the greater Triangle area, North Carolina and beyond. The organization seeks to accomplish this mission by presenting traditional ballets of legendary masters; commissioning new works by innovative choreographers; educating current and future audiences through programs for school-aged children and other performance outreach activities; and attracting, developing, and retaining excellent dancers and artistic personnel, combined with a fiscally responsible management and board of directors. For more information, please visit or call (919) 719-0800.

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