Marlen received his training at the Almaty Choreographic School A. B. Seleznev in his native Kazakhstan. His professional experience includes Almaty Ballet Opera House Theatre, Novosibirsk State Theatre and Moscow National Ballet Theatre, both in Russia, and Manassas Ballet Theatre in Virginia. His repertoire includes principal roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake. He joins New Jersey Ballet for the 2012-2013 season.