Ogulcan Borova returns to Cincinnati Ballet as Ballet Master for the fifth season. Borova was born in Turkey and recognized there as the First Prize Winner at the 3rd National Rotary Clubs Dance Competition. Since then he has established an international career. His awards include a Bronze Medal at the Varna, Diploma from Paris and Nagoya, Gold Medals at the New York and the Seoul International Dance Competitions and “Star Dancer of Turkey,” from the Dokuz Eylül University of Turkey. At the Japan International Dance Competition, he received a contract as a professional dancer in the USA in 1999.
He made guest appearances at many prestigious international dance galas, competitions and companies around the world (Gala des Etoiles in Montreal, Universal Ballet of Korea, Gala of the Stars in Tokyo, Florida International Dance Gala, etc.). He was a Principal dancer with Ballet Internationale Indianapolis, Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. He worked with many well-known choreographers and dancers and danced a large variety of classical and contemporary repertoire.
Borova has staged Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote for Atlanta Ballet, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias for National Ballet of Finland, Kirk Peterson’s Coppélia, Eldar Aliev’s Thousand and One Nights, Victoria Morgan’s Cinderella, King Arthur, The Nutcracker, and helped staged works of many outstanding contemporary and classical choreographers for Cincinnati Ballet.
He also works for Cincinnati Opera as a choreographer. Ogulcan often teaches master ballet classes at University of Cincinnati and Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana.
Dance Magazine calls Mr. Borova a “feisty, brilliant dancer.” Pointe Magazine described him as an “International star.” The New York Times “[a] powerful performance, Chicago Tribune “Handsome, sturdy and gifted…” and The Montreal Gazette “[Borova] brought the house down.”
Ogulcan also received a Certificate from Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business for Leadership and Management.