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Judging Panel Revealed

The World Ballet Competition (WBC) is pleased to announce the esteemed Judging Panel for the WBC's 2014 finals held from June 9-14, 2014 in Orlando, Florida, USA at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. 

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PRESIDENT OF THE JURY

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YANIS PIKIERIS – Latvia – Bavarian Ballet, Maximum Dance/Founder

Dancer, Director, Choreographer, winner of the prestigious gold medal at Moscow’s International Ballet Competition, has had an international career that took him to over 40 countries around the world. He was a principal dancer with the International Ballet of Caracas, Bavarian National Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein-Dusseldorf, Miami City Ballet and Ballet du Nord.  He's been a guest artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nagoya Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Hungarian State Opera, Latvian National Opera (Honorary guest for the 1st Dance Festival of the Baltics), Teatro Massimo di Palermo and in galas at Wolftrap, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, The Bolshoi Theater, Munich’s Olympic Stadium and Spoletto Festival in Italy. Video credits include, (Bavaria Studios Star Gala), (Los Angeles Ballet, Pas de Deux) and (Dancing for Gold,” Moscow International Ballet Competition”).

As a choreographer he has created ballets for a number of companies such as the Bavarian National Ballet, Ballet du Nord, Ballet de Monterrey, Incolballet and Maximum Dance Company. Mr. Pikieris was previously Artistic Director for Ballet du Nord in France and founded and directed Maximum Dance Company in Miami from 1996 to 2005, with David Palmer. He’s also worked as Program Director for Miami City Ballet's Contemporary Dance Series 2006 and 2007. Mr. Pikieris also serves as Executive Director of the Nebrada Foundation, whose mission is to oversee the licensing and production of works by the late choreographer Vicente Nebrada. In recent times he has worked as guest ballet master and staged his works for companies such as Ballet Teresa Carreño-Caracas, Ballet de Santiago-Chile, Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón-Argentina, Ballet Nacional del SODRE-Montevideo, Ballet Hispánico-New York, Ballet Philippines-Manila and Ballet de Monterrey-Mexico.

He currently directs the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance, the Miami Youth Ballet and continues to travel as a freelance master teacher and choreographer.

MEMBERS OF THE JURY

NATAYLA BASHKATOVA – Russia – Cirque du Soleil/Previously Bolshoi Theater Grigorovich Ballet, Principal Dancer

Born in Russia, Bashkatova trained at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and Bolshoi Ballet University. She became a principal dancer for the prestigious Bolshoi Theater Grigorovich Ballet from 1989-1994 and immediately after was a guest principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Her repertoire included many title roles in the great classics including Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake among many others. Awards include "Best Ballerina of the Festival" at the 1992 Spoleto International Arts Festival held in Spoleto, Italy. She has toured worldwide to countries including Holland, Greece, Egypt, Hong Kong, France, and Belgium among many others. After moving to the United States, she joined the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas as a lead dancer in Mystere. In 1998, she moved to Orlando to perform in Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba" where she currently performs. She has been featured in numerous television commercials, interviews, and videos with Cirque du Soleil. 

DANIELA BUSON – Italy – Tulsa Ballet/Ballet Mistress

Daniela Buson serves as Ballet Mistress for the Tulsa Ballet, following a distinguished career as a Principal dancer and Principal Guest Artist in some of the most renowned ballet companies in the world. A native of Palermo, Italy, she received her training from Maestro Jacques Beltrame. Upon graduation, she joined Maggio Danza in Florence under the direction of Evgeny Polyakov. In 1983 she joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Berlin, Germany, as a Soloist moving to the Northern Ballet Theater as a Principal dancer a year later. During her career as a Principal dancer and a Principal Guest Artist, she appeared with companies such as the Northern Ballet Theater and English National Ballet in England, Basel Ballet in Switzerland, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Canada, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet West and Ballet Arizona in the US, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy, and Tulsa Ballet. Ms. Buson danced leading or title roles in most of the classical ballet repertory including Giselle, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty, Michael Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew and Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella among others. She was also featured in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Nacho Duato, Birgit Cullberg, James Kudelka, Val Caniparoli, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon, Antony Tudor, Stanton Welch and many other masters of the 20th century. She has won numerous awards for her dancing including the Leonide Massine Positano Prize.

Upon retiring from the stage, she became Ballet Mistress with Tulsa Ballet.  In this role, Ms. Buson has assisted in the staging, and staged herself, the works of some of the most prestigious choreographers in the world including Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Sir Kenneth McMillan and George Balanchine in addition to staging and coaching the soloist and principals dancers of Tulsa Ballet in the classical repertory of the company.  She is recognized as an exceptional, nurturing coach, having overseen the artistic and technical growth of all Tulsa Ballet’s Ballerinas since her retirement from the stage.  Her ability to inspire dancers, attention to detail and knowledge of all facets of dance, from the 19th century classics to the master of the 20th and 21st century, make her a unique asset for the company and the dance world.  In her private life she is married to Tulsa Ballet’s Artistic Director Marcello Angelini with whom she has 16 year old twin boys, Alessandro and Valentino.

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MIHAILO DJURIC – Yugoslavia – Festival Ballet Providence/Artistic Director

Mr. Djuric is a former first soloist with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Yugoslavia. During his ballet career, he has worked with Nevena Miric, Dusanka Kecojevic, Jovanka Bilegojevic, Ana Roje, Natalia Dudinskaya, Constantin Sergeyev, Svetlana Afanasieva and Maryon Lane. His works have been performed in Russia, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Malta, Romania, Italy, United States and Venezuela. Under his direction as Artistic Director at Ballet New England beginning in 1991, the company and school dramatically increased its programs and visibility, becoming the leader of New Hampshire's dance community. In 1993 and 1998, Mr. Djuric was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. In 1998, Mr. Djuric was appointed as the Artistic Director of Festival Ballet Providence (FBP) where he grew the organization into one of the most exciting and accomplished arts and cultural organizations in Rhode Island, and becoming a top regional organization in the country. FBP was named the 2002 Outstanding Arts Organization by the Arts and Business Council of Rhode Island. In 2007 Mr. Djuric received the Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts.

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LUBA GULYAEVA - Russia - New Jersey Ballet/Ballet Mistress

A graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Leningrad, Ms. Gulyaeva joined the Kirov Ballet in 1972, dancing featured roles in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Bayadere and Don Quixote. In the1980s, she was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join the staff of American Ballet Theatre where she taught company class and coached the dancers. She also taught all levels at the ABT School. Additional teaching credits include the Australian Ballet in Melbourne, the School of American Ballet in New York, and seminars at numerous universities in the U.S. Ms. Gulyaeva’s students have gone on to dance with ABT, NYCB, Kirov, San Francisco, North West Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Ballet, American Repertory Company, Broadway (The Music Man and Oklahoma) and SAB. She has coached for American Ballet Theater throughout her life. She is so skilled and respected that Mikhail Baryshnikov continues to call upon her talents to help coach and train his dancers.

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ELISABETTA HERTEL – Italy – Accademia Internazionale Coreutica/Director

Elisabetta Hertel was born in Torino, Italy where she began her ballet training. In 1979 she was admitted to l'Académie de Danse Classique Pricesse Grace in Monte-Carlo where, under the direction of Marika Besobrasova, she graduated in 1984. Immediately after, she joined the Stuttgart Ballet touring extensively in numerous countries around the world performing in featured solo roles in works of Cranko, Forsythe, Neumaier, Van Manen, Kylian, Duato, Bintley, Petipa, Haydee, among many others. She ended her stage career in 1998 and was admitted in the Professional Dancer Teaching Diploma in London where she graduated with Distinction in 1999. In 2002 in Florence Italy, she founded, and since then she has directed the Accademia Internazionale Coreutica, an organization for professional formation in the art of dance. Additionally, she is regularly invited to take part as a Guest Teacher in international courses in Italy and abroad (Singapore, Hong-Kong, Japan, Germany, Romania, U.S.A.) as well as invited as a member of the jury for prestigious international ballet competitions.

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PASHA KAMBALOV - Russia - First State Ballet Theater/Artistic Director

Pasha Kambalov is a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia under the direction of Konstantin Sergeyev, class of V.S. Zimin. During his career he danced with Donetsk Ballet in the Ukraine and Komi Republic State Opera and Ballet in Russia, touring extensively throughout the USSR, the United States and Europe. In the United States, he danced with Russian Ballet Theater under the direction of Honored Artist of Russia Lev Assaouliak. 

Kambalov is the founding Artistic Director of First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s only professional ballet company. Under his directorship the company has performed great classical ballets including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake and contemporary works including Viktor Plotnikov’s Pinnochio and Alex Buckner’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kambalov helped to establish residency for the company and the school of First State Ballet Theatre at the historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware and has successfully built artistic partnerships with The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Opera Delaware, The Grand Opera House and the City of Wilmington. He was awarded the 2005-06 Teacher Recognition Certificate from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In the same year, he was awarded the Wilmingtonian Award for outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wilmington.

ELAINE KUDO – Japan – Washington Ballet/Ballet Master

Raised in New York City, Ms. Kudo received her early ballet training at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. Later she spent six years at the School of American Ballet and was a scholarship student at the American Ballet Theatre School.

Ms. Kudo was a member of American Ballet Theatre from 1975 – 1989, promoted to soloist in 1981. She danced soloist and principal roles in a wide range of works mostly in the contemporary repertory. She has had the honor of working with choreographers Anthony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Eugene Loring and Sir. Kenneth MacMillan on featured roles in their ballets, and has had roles created for her by Twyla Tharp, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Chu San Gogh, and David Gordon.

In 1982 Ms. Kudo along with other members of ABT performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy in a group assembled to recreate the Jerome Robbins Company Ballet USA. She also toured extensively during the summer seasons as a member of Baryshnikov & Co. from 1983 – 1986, and was Mr. Baryshnikov’s partner in “Sinatra Suite” and “Push Comes to Shove” in the award winning PBS Great Performances special “Baryshnikov by Tharp”. In 1987 – 88 she joined the Tharp Dance Co. for a national tour and tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Directly after her retirement from the stage in 1990 Ms, Kudo began staging the works of Twyla Tharp, both nationally and abroad, with eight pieces in rotation, she continues to be one of the primary stagers of Tharp repertory.

She has held the position of ballet master at the New Jersey Ballet 1994-97 & American Repertory Ballet 1997-2003 & is currently ballet master for The Washington Ballet since 2011.

She along with partner Buddy Balough founded & directed Theatre Arts Dance America – a school located in Verona, New Jersey. from 1997 to 2010. In addition to teaching at TADA, Ms. Kudo was on the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive program from 1998 – 2003 and Jacob’s Pillow – Contemporary Traditions in July 2007 and recently guest teacher at Princeton Ballet, Jeoffry School and STEPS on Broadway.

Ms. Kudo created her first Ballet for the New Jersey Ballet in 1997. That piece was later staged at the Carolina Ballet for its inaugural season in 1999. She choreographed four ballets for the American Repertory Ballet during her employment as ballet master. One for director Septime Webre, three as part of director Graham Lustigs’, Dancing Through the Ceiling project designed to promote women choreographers. In addition to these works for professional companies she has choreographed a number of solos for her students receiving a choreography award from the Youth America Grand Prix. She has also contributed three ballets for the ABT summer intensive program as well as numerous pieces and a Pas de Duex for Theatre Arts Dance America.

jeanlogreaJEAN LOGREA – Romania – Graz Ballet, Westchester Ballet/Director

Logrea came to the United States from Austria, where for seven years he was a principal with the Graz Opera House ballet company. Trained at the Choreographic Institute in Cluj (Romania) in Classical Ballet, Character, and Folk Dance, he was a principal at the Opera House Cluj, as well as a teacher at the affiliated school for nine years. There he was entrusted with a class of especially talented students, all of whom are now dancing internationally with major companies. He toured extensively throughout Europe and the USSR in such major roles as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the Jester in Swan Lake, the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, and the Rocker in The Miraculous Mandarin. Jean is the Co-Director of the Logrea Dance Academy in Ossining, NY and he is the Co-Artistic Director of Westchester Ballet Company.

COSMIN MARCULETIU - USA - Festival Ballet Providence/Ballet Master

Cosmin is a native Transylvanian from Sibiu, Romania. At age 9, Cosmin was discovered in a nation-wide search for artistic talents and accepted into the Academy of Arts and Choreography in Cluj-Napoca, RO. He completed the Academy with honors and also received certification in pedagogy and choreography. After graduating, Cosmin was engaged as a soloist with the Romanian National Ballet in Cluj-Napoca, RO and the touring company Europe Ballet. He continued his professional dance career with the Croatian National Ballet in Croatia's capital, Zagreb. Cosmin danced in various productions and commercials produced by Zagrebacka Televizija, which was the leading television network in Croatia. In 1992 he was engaged as a soloist with the Landesbuhnen Sachsen in Radebeul (Dresden), Germany where he danced for 10 years. The Sachische Zeitung and The Morgen Post followed his dance career and published many excellent reviews and articles about his life and performances.

Cosmin has established himself as a master ballet instructor in New England and the east coast since his arrival to the USA in 2002. He was on the dance faculty of the Boston Arts Academy and artistic associate at Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre where he coached, taught and rehearsed students and company members. Cosmin has also received excellent reviews for his performances in the various productions from the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and the Metro.

In August of 2010 Cosmin founded the International Ballet Academy of Norwell which is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serve the South Shore of Massachusetts, New England and artistic communities abroad.

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VIKTOR PLOTNIKOV - UKRAINE - Freelance Choreographer

Viktor Plotnikov was born in Kharkov City, Ukraine, and began his training at the age of 11 at the Kiev-Ukraine School and continued at the St. Petersburg Ballet Academy. From 1987 to 1990, he was a soloist with Donetsk Ballet Company in the Ukraine. In 1990, he joined Ballet Mississippi as a principal dancer. He appeared as a guest artist with Tulsa Ballet Theatre and Dance Inc., and toured Russia and the U.S. In 1993, he joined Boston Ballet as principal dancer, performing major roles in the company's classical and contemporary repertory including Onegin, Le Corsaire, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, La Bayadère, Dracula and Company B. He has created roles in the world premieres of Tharp's Waterbaby Bagatelles, Spencer/Colton's Before Ever After, and Daniel Pelzig's Nine Lives: Songs of Lyle Lovett, The Princess and the Pea and Flights and Fancy. His repertoire also includes Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations, and The Four Temperaments, Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme et La Mort, Mark Morris' Maelstrom, Rudi van Dantzig's Four Last Songs and Laszlo Berdo's Below Down Under. Plotnikov has created works specifically for Boston Ballet dancers, members of Boston Ballet II, as well as for institutions throughout the Boston region, including Boston Ballet's Grand Studio, Dance on the Top Floor and Boston Conservatory. He also created works for the 2002 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, two one-act ballet's, My Impressions, set to symphonic Pink Floyd and Short Stories for A Small Magazine for the Dancer's Resource Fund, and for the well-received choreographic event Raw Dance in collaboration with Boston Ballet and Boston Center for the Arts. More recently, he has created works for the Bolshoi Ballet workshop, Richmond Ballet and Festival Ballet Providence. After winning the Choreography Prize at the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Plotnikov went on to win the Best Choreography Award at the World Ballet Competition and a prize at the International Choreographic Competition in 2007. Plotnikov is married to Boston Ballet principal dancer Larissa Ponomarenko. This will be his first season teaching at The School at Jacob's Pillow.

RODNEY RIVERA - Puerto Rico - Ballet Brio/Artistic Director

Recognized dance figure of Puerto Rico (PR), he trained at the Julian Blanco Classical Ballet School of PR and continued his training at the Ballet Concierto of PR Conservatory.  His ballet teachers include Vladimir Issaev, Carlota Carrera, Laura Alonso, José Parés, Joaquin Banegas and Silvia Marichal. He was awarded a scholarship from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where he received training in musical theater, classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance with Roberto Munoz, Douglas Bentz and Judith Leifer. In 1994 and under Lolita San Miguel’s tutelage, he represented PR in the Fifth International Ballet Competition at Jackson, Mississippi. Being trained by María Carrera, he became the first Puerto Rican male dancer to participate in this international event. 

As a classical dancer he performed leading roles in La Fille Mal Gardee, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Paquita, Flames of Paris, Giselle, and Sleeping Beauty, among others.   Leading roles in world premieres were created for Rodney by Jesús Miranda, Carlos Iván Santos, Antonio Gomes, Jeanguy Saintus and the Ayikodans dance company, Michael Uthoff, Brett Raphael, Alberto Méndez, Vladimir Issaev, Nicholas Beriosoff , Christian Holder, Nicolás Petrov, Joaquín Banegas, and Ana Sanchez Colberg. In 2000, he became part of Andanza’s first members, where he was a dancer but also a teacher. He was one of the leading choreographers at Andanza for over five years where he choreographed, La Familia de Todos Nosotros (2004), Transito, Tu o Yo, Cuerpo (2005), Erase (2006), Absurdo (2007), Sed (2008), and Andanza Cosmica (2009).

In 1999, he joined Ballet Brio of Bayamon invited by Elisabette Calero who encouraged him to continue on growing as a choreographer. His Ballet Brio debut started with the piece "Donde Estan", which won a gold medal in Argentina in 2005. He proceeded to choreograph Eso Que Llamas (2006), Tango Mundo (2007), Olas y Arena (2005), Semillas (2004), 7 Pecados, Judas, Memory and Glass (2003), Guardadito, En Cuatro Tiempos (2007), Pica Pica, Romani (2009), Lady Godiva (original ballet consisting of three acts, 2008), ”Rebote” , El Idioma Anterior,  Ojos de Sordo, Odios de Ciego and Bomraiz (2012), among others.  For Balleteatro Nacional of Puerto Rico he has created, “Techo de Cristal”, “El Regreso” , and “Corasi” (original ballet consisting of two acts).  

His prolific career as a choreographer include collaborations with Ballets de San Juan, Zig Zag Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Ballet Municipal of San Juan, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Hermanos Cepeda Foundation, Ballet Brio, Point Park University, Balleteatro Nacional of PR, and company Teatro Repertorio of the University of Puerto Rico where he is currently resident choreographer and has staged the musicals, “Evita ”  , “Les Miserables” and “Into The Woods”. 

His work has been presented successfully on International dance competitions and festivals such as the Miami International Ballet Festival, Aquins Festival, Festival de Coreografos  de Ballet Concierto (2013) Festival Internacional de Teatro de P.R., . Also, he has created works for movies and opera. In 2006, his piece titled “Donde estan?”  won the Gold Medal at the Buenos Aires, Argentina International Dance Competition, in both national and international settings.  He has danced in major theaters around the globe including Taiwan, Cuba, Haiti, Egypt, Japan, USA, Martinique, Aruba, Mexico, Spain and Italy. His choreographies have been reviewed in books and magazines both locally and internationally. 

In 2010 The Puertorrican Institute of Culture recognized him as the best choreographer of the year for his enormous contribution to dance in PR. That same year, he became the artistic director at Ballet Brio. Under his direction, Ballet Brio has become one of the main contemporary dance companies in PR and Latin America. 

Rodney is currently working in the musical “The Sound of Music”, produced by Teatro Repertorio of the University of PR and is composing an original musical play. Also, the Connecticut Ballet has extended him an invitation to present his work for their next season.

ROLANDO SARABIA - Cuba - Freelance International Guest Artist

Born in Havana, Cuba, his father was a ballet dancer with the Cuban National Ballet. Rolando grew up, among ballet dancers and was performing with the Cuban National Ballet since the age of 5. In 1990, he was admitted as a student at the Alejo Carpentier Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. He was trained by Rolando Sarabia (his father), Alicia Alonso, Lázaro Carreño and Magaly Suarez, at the National Ballet School in Havana. Early in his career, Sarabia's explosive performance style garnered comparisons to Nijinsky and Baryshnikov. Sarabita was so famous among young people in Cuba, that according to Sarah Kaufman to of the Washington Post his fans "glued him the suffix of endearment, -ita, onto his name like a kiss." In 2003, Sarabia left Cuba, after Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso refused to allow him to join the Boston Ballet where his younger brother Daniel Sarabia was dancing as a corps member. He has performed with renowned dancers as Maya Plitsetskaya, Patrick Dupont, Farouk Ruzimatov, Alicia Alonzo, Tamara Rojo among many others and continue to perform internationally as a celebrated guest artist.

SARA SARDELLI - USA - Sarasota Ballet/Outreach Coordinator, Previously Principal Dancer

Ms. Sardelli was a Principal Dancer with the Sarasota Ballet before retiring in August of 2013. After which, she became the Sarasota Ballet's Outreach Coordinator. Before moving to Sarasota, Sara was principal dancer with The Louisville Ballet and Ballet Gamonet. Her repertoire includes Lead and featured roles in: George Balanchine’s Tarantella, Who Cares?, Serenade, Donizetti Variations, Divertimento No. 15; Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, Façade, Les Rendezvous, Birthday Offering, Andre Prokovsky’s Vespri; Matthew Bourne’s Boutique; Renato Paroni’s Rococo Variations; John Cranko’s Pineapple Poll; Galina Samsova’s Paquita; Maris Petipa’s Don Quixote Pas de Deux; Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loves, James Buckley’s Anne Frank; Will Tuckett’s Spliende Kinder; Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs; Joe Layton’s The Grand Tour; Flemming FLindt’s The Lesson; Matthew Hart’s Tchaikovsky Ballet Fantasy, Cry Baby Kreisler, Paul Taylor’s Company B and Robert de Warren’s The Nutcracker.

Created Roles include: Kate Honea’s Percolator, Headlines; Ricardo Graziano’s Shostakovich Suite; Will Tuckett’s Changing Light and Matthew Hart’s The Nutcracker.

MARINA STOLYAR - RUSSIA - International Guest Performer & Master Pianist

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Marina Stolyar received her Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Gnessin Music College in Moscow and her Master’s degree from the Gorky State Conservatory. Since her early teenage years she has worked with well­known Russian actors, singers and directors in Moscow Theaters and television programs. After her arrival in the United States in 1991, she continued her career as a solo performer and musical director. A significant portion of her career has been dedicated to ballet: as a master pianist for classes and performances as well as teaching music to dancers and teachers. She has worked at various major ballet competitions and programs in the USA, such as the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Youth America Grand Prix in New York, The Harid Conservatory, many regional festivals and workshops. For the last several years she has been the pianist for World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. In March 2014 she also served on the jury of the World Ballet Competition OPEN in Sibiu, Romania. She has also released several audio CD’s for ballet class.

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NIKOLAE VIERU - Germany - Dance Instructor, Dance Master, Choreographer

Nicolae Vieru received his dance training and teaching at the National Ballet School in Bucharest, in the master class of Professor Gheorghe Stefan, the former director of the school. After graduating with a degree in Stage Dancer (MFA), he took engagements at the Bucharest Opera, Operetta Theatre "Ion Dacian“ and Romanian television ballet. In addition, he also taught at the National Ballet School and IATC (Academy of Performing Arts) in Bucharest classical dance and stage movement. In 1988, he received an engagement as principal dancer and ballet master in Stendal National Theater in former East Germany. After the fall of 1990, he opened his own ballet school in Schweinfurt, Germany and today the school remains a nationally recognized training school for stage dancing. In 1994, Nicolae Vieru opened one of the first private contemporary dance companies in Romania. He worked among others with dancers from the State Opera in Iasi, National Opera in Bucharest, Romanian State Ballet Fantasio in Constantza, dancers of the ballet company in Ulm, Meiningen and Dortmund for his own productions like the ballet" The Sea"," Jeux de Cartes“, "I Remember Brancusi", "L'art du pas de quatre," "The Wizard of Oz," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Pinocchio" and "Happy Day". The dance productions were shown at the National Opera in Iasi, Romania and theaters in cities of Schweinfurt, Kurtheater Bad Kissingen, and the Convention Center in Bamberg. Numerous guest performances by students of the ballet school and ballet company in television (TV Touring, Bayerischer Rundfunk, TV1 and RTL), and various presentations (BMW presentation 2001) Neujahresball in Würzburg, ECE City Warehouse health days and more. Nicolae Vieru has choreographed and taught regularly since 1991 for various national and international projects, workshops, master classes and ballet performances. He is a Guest Teacher of the ESRA University in Skopje and artistic director of the Murnau Balletschool. Nicolai Vieru is also a Member of International Dance Council CID Unesco and the German Association for professional Dance education. Visit Vieru's website here. www.ballettvieru.de

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MIHAELA VIERU - Germany - Dance for You Magazine/Owner and Publisher

Mihaela Vieru was born in Iasi, Romania and graduated from the Music High School in Iasi. She completed her studies in East Berlin where she was also a violinist at the Stendal Theatre until 1988. After which Vieru was an orchestra teacher and violinist at the Music High School in Bad Konigshofen (West Germany) and at the High Schools in Bad Neustadt and Schwinfurt. Vieru later studied economics and IT. Until 2002, she was general manager of the ballet school and private ballet company of her husband Nicolai Vieru as well as her own Dancewear Shop. In 2003, she published two magazines, including the “Dance for You” magazine based in Europe for CEO MIVI Publishing House. Since 2005, Vieru is general manager of the MIVI Media Publishing House and Editor in Chief of “Dance for You“ Magazine.

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