Toleu Mukanov was born in Kazakhstan, Asia. He received his early training at the Almaty Choreographic College and then continued on to the Kyrgyzstan Ballet School. In 2002, he was a gold medal recipient at the International Ballet Competition in Crimea, Ukraine, and in 2006 he received a silver medal at the Almaty Ballet Competition. He has had the opportunity to dance with Astana Ballet in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan’s Opera and Ballet Theatre, Moscow’s Russian Ballet Theatre and the Russian National Ballet Company. Mr. Mukanov has performed in a variety of roles including: Basilio in Don Quixote, Golden Idol in La Bayadére, Ali in Le Corsaire, James in La Sylphide, Franz in Coppélia, Jester in Swan Lake, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He was a freelance dancer from 2014-2016 for Roxey Ballet along with Charleston City Ballet. In September of 2016, he joined Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota. He joined ARB in 2017.