Judge Jelko Yuresha

Judge Jelko Yuresha

Jelko Yuresha studied ballet under Ana Roje, Nadine Nicolaeva Legat, Kathleen Crofton, Tamara Karsavina and worked with choreograhphers Leonid Massine, Vladimir Bourmeister, Frederick Ashton, Serge Lifar, Bronislava Nijinska. He appeared with Margot Fonteyn in the BBC-TV production of “Sleeping Beauty” (1959), was The Principal Dancer of The English National Ballet (previously London Festival Ballet) and danced Principal roles with British Royal Ballet. He and acclaimed British ballerina Belinda Wright established partnership as “Ambassadors of Dance”, performing around the world.

Yuresha inherited sole rights to Sir Anton Dolin’s ballets: Giselle, Pas de Quatre and Variations of Four which he staged for major companies in New York, Milan, Rome, Beijing and London. He choreographed, staged and designed a number of productions, most notably Giselle for the National Ballet of China with Belinda Wright. Television documentaries were made about his life in both Panama and Switzerland.

Yuresha has lectured at Hunter College (CUNY) and haw written for London’s Evening Standard, Dancing Times, Ballet Today and Dance Chronicle. Yuresha is established internationally in the ballet world and is often called upon for his invaluable help in coaching. He frequently acts as a judge for international ballet competitions. He is presently staging his own version of “La Peri” as a co-production for the Ballet Nacional de Panama and Academy Steps. He has also served as a coach and advisory judge for Valentina Kozlova’s 2013 International Ballet Competition’s inaugural presentation in New York. He has been a regular member of the VKIBC Jury since 2014.

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