Ruslan Amrayev, a native of Almaty, Kazakhstan studied ballet at the A.V. Seleznev Choreographic Institute in Almaty from 1996-2004. After Graduating with honors from the school in 2004 he danced as a principal dancer with National Opera and Ballet in Almaty until 2013. With National Opera and Ballet he performed leading roles in many productions such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Taras Bulba, and The Legend of Love among others. From 2013-2014, Mr. Amrayev performed as a soloist in the Russian National Ballet / Moscow Festival Ballet. He is now a member of Manassas Ballet Theatre.