Mr. Balatsenko was born in the Ukraine and began his study of ballet at the Kiev Academy of Ballet when he was eleven years old. His professional debut was a three year run with the National Ballet Usti and Labem in the Czech Republic. Following that position, Mr. Balatsenko toured with the Ballet Classique of Paris, and then danced with the Donestsk Ballet. In 1999, he moved to the United States and joined the Washington Ballet. He later danced with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Ballet Internationale in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Balatsenko also toured with the Universal Ballet in Seoul, South Korea and danced with Atlantic Southeast Ballet in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed many roles with Manassas Ballet Theatre, including Walpurgusnacht, Swan Lake, Gaite Parisienne, Colin: Son, Marine, Hero, Giselle, and Peter and the Wolf, among others. Mr. Balatsenko joined MBT in 2003.