The dance is an eternal expression of the human necessity and a wish to communicate, to express mutual feelings through movement of the body, and through the music. The dance, as well as the dancer, are inseparably integrated as one body. The dance is an inexhaustible river of emotions, love, positive energy. It has a soul that is incorporated with the dancer, and it knows nothing of boundaries. It knows nothing of race, age, gender, skin color, sexual orientation, religion; it simply has the power of magic, of the eternal fluid that connects and unifies. The dance gives meaning to life, it reflects inexhaustible energy, it motivates the creation of new deeds that generate a priceless pleasure.

The dance is my dream that I will dream for a lifetime. It is a source of energy and pleasure that is our eternal friend.

On this great day, the day of the jubilee, I want to send the message that the dance is the priceless wealth of humankind. It brings all things together and belongs to all people of the world equally. We the dancers, and all other people shall make the dance a lifestyle, a world messenger of peace, a messenger of equal possibilities and equality for everyone, in all corners of the globe.

As a dancer, I wish this message to reach the people in Syria.

Marko Micov
Artist
Republic of Macedonia
29.04.2018

 

Marko Micov. Skojpe, Macedonia, Photo by Alexander Devora–Still Life Photography

Marko Micov was born in Skopje, Macedonia. He began his ballet education under the direction of Sonja Zdravkova-Dzeparovska, at the Macedonian national ballet school. In sixty-eight years of Macedonian ballet history, he is the first Macedonian dancer to begin a professional career in the United States.

He was awarded the Special Prize in 2010 at the international ballet competition in Zagreb, Croatia, and received the Gold Medal of the International Dance Federation in Skopje 2011.

At the age of seventeen, he was invited by the Artistic Director of the Croatian Ballet, Svebor Secak, in a co-production with the Madrid Ballet, to perform with an international tour in South America. In 2011 Marko received a full scholarship from the School of Mystic Ballet in Connecticut. He subsequently performed with the company at Jacob’s Pillow and at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

In 2012 he was invited by the legendary Gelsey Kirkland to join her company. In 2015, as a guest artist, he danced the role of Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night Dream with the Atlantic City Ballet and, in 2016, the role of Don Jose in Carmen with the Virginia National Ballet.

In 2016, Micov joined Ballet San Antonio as a Corps de Ballet member and was promoted to Soloist in 2018. Since then, he has been featured in a variety of principal roles with the company, including in Frederik Franklin’s Tribute, as Espada in Don Quixote, and as Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He performed as the Principal Male in Ballet San Antonio’s premier of George Balanchine’s Rubies. Other repertoire includes Gerald Arpino’s Round Of Angels and Willy Shivas’ Bolero and Elements.

Marko Micov. Skojpe, Macedonia, Photo by Alexander Devora–Still Life Photography

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