Mark Tucker grew up in Hawaii and began his early training with Maria Jose Beltran, Paul Maley, Pamela Taylor-Tongg, and Daniel Nelson. He continued his training at The North Carolina School of the Arts where he graduated high school and obtained a BFA in Classical Ballet with a minor in Modern Dance. Mark started his professional career at 19 as a freelance artist and joined Eugene Ballet Company at 20, where he has been for the past ten seasons. Mark has defined his career as a strong partner and has had the opportunity to be a part of the creation of some of Toni Pimble’s more modern ballet’s including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon and “I Want You” in Pimble’s All You Need is Love. Mark began dancing principal roles with EBC in 2012 as the lead male in Rite of Spring and Cavalier in The Nutcracker the following year. He has been featured as the lead male in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain and he also enjoys bringing characters to life onstage in roles such as Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. In 2015 Mark starred alongside his wife, EBC Principal Dancer Danielle Tolmie, in Pimble’s Carmen. “Dancing the role of Don Jose across from my wife was one of the most memorable and powerful moments I have ever experienced on stage.” After his promotion to Principal Dancer he has had the privilege of dancing Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty and Jay Gatsby in Toni Pimble’s ballet based on the American classic novel. This last year Mark was a part of the world premiere of Toni Pimble’s The Snow Queen with music composed by Kenji Bunch. He has also began taking on the role of instructing company class for the Eugene Ballet and is looking forward to continuing his artistic development as a dancer and instructor.