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2017 Judges Announced

The Organizing Committee of the World Ballet Competition has announced the 2017 Judging Panel.

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BRIAN YOO

UNIVERSAL BALLET

GENNADI NEDVIGIN

ATLANTA BALLET

PASHA KAMBALOV

FIRST STATE BALLET THEATRE

 KRISTINA KAMBALOV   Copy  AlexeyKulpin ELEUSA LOURENZONI   Copy 

KRISTINA KAMBALOV

FIRST STATE BALLET THEATRE

 ALEXEY KULPIN

THE HARID CONSERVATORY

ELEUSA LOURENZONI

INTERNATIONAL MASTER

TEACHER & CHOREOGRAPHER

 Logrea new  WILLY SHIVES COPY  RODNEY RIVERA   Copy

JEAN LOGREA

WESTCHESTER BALLET

WILLY SHIVES

BALLET SAN ANTONIO

RODNEY RIVERA

BALLET BRIO

 Theodore Constant Kabaniaev  Plotnikov

 THEODORE CONSTANT

THEODORE CONSTANT DANCE ACADEMY

VIKTOR KABANIAEV

WESTLAKE SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

VIKTOR PLOTNIKOV

FREELANCE CHOREOGRAPHER

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ANAIS CHALENDARD

BOSTON BALLET

NATALIA BASHKATOVA

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

SAMANTHA DUNSTER

PENNSYLVANIA BALLET

  Magaly Suarez  
 

MAGALY SUAREZ

FLORIDA CLASSICAL BALLET

 


NATAYLA BASHKATOVA – RUSSIA
Cirque du Soleil/Principal Dancer
Bashkatova trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and Bolshoi Ballet University. She was a principal dancer for the Bolshoi Theater Grigorovich Ballet and a guest principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. She toured worldwide to countries including Holland, Greece, Egypt, Hong Kong, France, and Belgium. Her awards include "Best Ballerina of the Festival" at the 1992 Spoleto International Arts Festival. In 1998 she joined Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba" where she currently performs. 

ANAIS CHALENDARD - FRANCE
Boston Ballet/Principal Dancer
Anais Chalendard trained in Marseille with Dominique Khalfouni in the Ecole National de Dance de Marseille Roland Petit. She also studied in Germany with Youri Vamos, Vladimir Malakov, and Birgit Keil. Chalendard joined the English National Ballet in 2008 where she was promoted to first soloist following performances in Manon and The Dying Swan. She has appeared in performances organized by Carlos Acosta dancing a pas de deux (Young Apollo) created for her and Junor de Oliveira Souza. In 2009, she received the “Emerging Dancer Award”. Chalendard is currently a principal dancer of Boston Ballet.

THEODORE CONSTANT - ROMANIA
Theodore Constant Dance Academy/Artistic Director
Mr. Constant trained at the Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec before dancing with the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Dusseldorf, Staatsoper Berlin, and Leipziger Ballet. He has toured as a guest artist in Russia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, the United States, and Japan. In 2014, he founded the Theodore Constant Dance Academy.

SAMANTHA DUNSTER - CANADA
Pennsylvania Ballet/Assistant Director
Samantha Dunster trained under direction of Cristina Pora in Toronto and at the National Ballet of Cuba. In 1996, she joined Bale da Ilha in Brazil as Artistic Director and Principal Dancer. In 2000, Dunster became Ballet Mistress of Orlando Ballet and Assistant to the Artistic Director in 2007. She accepted the position of Chair/Artistic Director of the Hartt School Community Division Dance Department at the University of Hartford in 2011 where she founded the Pre-Professional Company, HarttWorks and the Summer Intensive ‘From Studio to Stage'. Dunster began her tenure as Ballet Mistress at Pennsylvania Ballet in November 2014 and was appointed Assistant Director in November 2015.

VIKTOR KABANIAEV - RUSSIA
Westlake School for the Performing Arts/Director of Professional Ballet Division
Mr. Kabaniaev trained at the Vaganova School in St. Petersburg and worked as a principal dancer in various ballet companies in the former Soviet Union, Germany and U.S. Mr. Kabaniaev has created over 40 works for Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Hanover Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet which have been presented in Belarus, France, Germany, Poland, Japan, Australia, Netherlands, Russia, Italy, and the U.S. In 2010, Mr. Kabaniaev joined the faculty of Westlake School for the Performing Arts.

KRISTINA KAMBALOV - USA
First State Ballet Theatre/Executive Director
Ms. Kambalov founded the First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT) with Pasha Kambalov in 2000. She has served as School Director of FSBT for the past 17 years and this marks her first season as Executive Director. She studied ballet with Jean Allenby in Indiana, North Carolina School of the Arts and the Joffrey Ballet School. She danced with the Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania and Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware. Ms. Kambalov has served on the jury of the World Ballet Competition and is the recipient of the 2006 Wilmingtonian Award.

PASHA KAMBALOV - RUSSIA
First State Ballet Theatre/Artistic Director
Mr. Kambalov is a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg and danced with the Donetsk Ballet, Komi Republic State Opera Ballet, Russian Ballet Theatre. Mr. Kambalov is the founding Artistic Director of First State Ballet Theatre; growing the company from 10 to 22 dancers and moving to Wilmington, Delaware's historic Grand Opera House. He has successfully built artistic partnerships with Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Opera Delaware, and Grand Opera House. Mr. Kambalov has served as a judge for the World Ballet Competition since 2013 and became president of the jury in 2016.

ALEXEY KULPIN - RUSSIA
The Harid Conservatory/Ballet Master
Mr. Kulpin is a graduate of the University of Culture and Art in St. Petersburg. He won the Grand Prix Award at the Muse of St. Petersburg Ballet Competition 1998. Mr. Kulpin danced with St. Petersburg State Opera Ballet, St. Petersburg State Male Theatre by Mihailovsky, Ballet Israel, City Ballet of San Diego, Grand Rapids Ballet among many others. His teaching career includes the Ballet Israel School, City Ballet of San Diego, Grand Rapids Ballet, and Charleston Ballet. Mr. Kulpin joined The Harid Conservatory’s faculty in August of 2016.

JEAN LOGREA – ROMANIA
Graz Ballet, Westchester Ballet/Director
Mr. Logrea trained at the Choreographic Institute in Cluj, Romania before joining the Cluj Opera House as both a principal dancer and a instructor for the affiliate school. For nine years he was entrusted with a class of especially talented students, all of whom danced internationally with major companies. He was a principal dancer with the Graz Opera House for seven years before becoming the Co-Director of the Logrea Dance Academy in Ossining, NY and the Co-Artistic Director of Westchester Ballet Company.

ELEUSA LOURENZONI - BRAZIL
International Master Teacher and Choreographer
Mrs. Lourenzoni studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and Municipal Ballet School in Brazil. She received a graduate degree in the History of Art, with specialty in ballet terminology and dance history. She has performed with Municipal Theater Ballet São Paulo, Maria Olenewa Ballet, Ballet of the City Sao Paulo, and Victor Aukstin Company. Mrs. Lourenzoni actively participates as a master ballet teacher and juror in major festivals, and has choreographed works in Brazil, U.S.A. and Argentina. She is the recipient of the Gala Ismael Guiser and Dance Personality Award in Brazil.

GENNADI NEDVIGIN - RUSSIA
Atlanta Ballet/Artistic Director
Nedvigin trained at the Bolshoi School before joining San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 1997. He was promoted to principal dancer in 2000 and retired in 2016. During his career, Nedvigin performed principal roles in Tomasson’s Giselle, Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty; Balanchine’s Coppélia; and Cranko’s Onegin. Nedvigin’s honors include the 2001 Isadora Duncan Dance Award and 1999 Erik Bruhn Prize. In February 2016, Nedvigin was appointed the fourth artistic director of Atlanta Ballet in the company’s 87-year history.

VIKTOR PLOTNIKOV - UKRAINE
Freelance Choreographer 
Plotnikov trained at the Kiev-Ukraine School and the St. Petersburg Vaganova Ballet Academy before joining the Donetsk Ballet in Ukraine as a soloist in 1987. He joined Boston Ballet as a principal dancer in 1993, where he performed until 2006. He has created original, commissioned works to great acclaim for companies including Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, and the Bolshoi Theatre. Awards include Best Choreography at the 2005 Helsinki IBC, 2007 World Ballet Competition, 2008 Ballet Competition in Russia, and 2006 & 2009 Youth American Grand Prix.

RODNEY RIVERA - PUERTO RICO
Ballet Brio/Artistic Director
Rivera trained under the direction of Vladimir Issaev, Carlota Carrera, Silvia Marichal, and on scholarship at Point Park University. In 1994, he became the first male Puerto Rican to participate in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson. Rivera has performed in Taiwan, Cuba, Haiti, Egypt, Japan, USA, Mexico, Spain and Italy. He joined Ballet Brio in 1999 and became Artistic Director in 2010. Awards include Choreography Gold Medal at the Argentina International Dance Competition in 2006 and "Best Choreographer of the Year" by the Puertorrican Institute of Culture in 2010.

WILLY SHIVES - USA
Ballet San Antonio/Artistic Director
Shives was named Artistic Director of Ballet San Antonio in December of 2015, after a brilliant 16 year tenure with the Joffrey Ballet, declared by the New York Times as “an astounding dancer". Shives studied with Nikita Talin in Texas before receiving a scholarship to train at the School of American Ballet. Shives has performed with companies in New York, Austin, Tulsa, Milwaukee, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. He is the recipient of the 2004 Natalie Skelton Legacy Award and "Chicagoan of the Year” by The Chicago Tribune.

MAGALY SUAREZ - CUBA
Florida Classical Ballet/Artistic Director
Born in Havana, Cuba, Ms. Suarez graduated with honors from the Cuban National Ballet School in 1980 and taught for nineteen years at the Cuban National Ballet School. Ms. Suarez was a founder and Artistic Director of the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami (CCBM) from 2006 to 2009. Currently, Ms. Suarez is the owner and Director of The Art of Classical Ballet School in Pompano Beach, Florida and the Artistic Director of Florida Classical Ballet. She has formed and worked with excellent dancers, many of whom are currently holding principal and soloist positions in the finest US, European, and Latin American dance companies.

BRIAN YOO - CHINA
Universal Ballet/Artistic Director
Yoo graduated from Jilin Arts School, studied dance pedagogy at the Beijing Dance Academy, and later joined Universal Ballet as a soloist. In 1995, he became ballet master and choreographer at the Guangzhou Ballet in China and moved to the National Ballet of China in Beijing in 1997. Mr. Yoo rejoined Universal Ballet as Ballet Master in 1999; promoted to Assistant Artistic Director in 2000; and Artistic Director in 2009. Mr. Yoo choreographed several ballets for the Universal Ballet, most recently the full-length Korean ballet, The Love of Chunhyung.

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