Chairman of the Judges
People’s Artist of Russia, world ballet star, brilliant director-choreographer. Graduated from Moscow Academy of Choreography and was invited to the Bolshoi Ballet. Appeared in the leading parts of its numerous celebrated productions. Worked in the New York City Ballet, and in American Ballet Theatre where he played Siegfried (“Swan Lake”) in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s production; also, appeared in Kenneth McMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet” and George Balanchine’s “Violin Concerto”. Read More
JUDGES ALPHABETICALLY BY COUNTRY
Founder and Artistic Director of the Brussels International Ballet School, Brussels, Belgium.
Born in Brazil, Anderson Santana began his early ballet training at 13 with Tatiana LESKOVA at the Ballet School Rio de Janeiro where later he joined the National Ballet School Municipal Theatre, led by Edmundo CARIJO. Anderson studied dance intensively with Aldo LOTUFT and Moema CORREA. Read More
A former Etoile of the Opéra de Paris and Director of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Bordeaux. After studying at the Conservatoire de Nice under Alexandre Kalioujny, Charles Jude successfully auditioned to join the ballet company of the Opéra de Paris (1971).
Promoted to the rank of premier danseur in 1975, he won the Bronze Medal at the Tokyo International Ballet Competition with Florence Clerc. On 8th July 1977 he was named Principal Dancer after his magnificent turn in Ivan the Terrible (Yury Grigorovich). Read More
Caroline Llorca is recognized worldwide as a specialist of the Petipa´s repertoire, as well as the Vaganova method.
She was awarded a government scolarship to study in Russia and became the first French dancer to graduate the legendary Vaganova school in the classe of Natalia M.Doudinskaia.
Her unique knowledge of both French and Russian schools attracted immediately Ballet companies, and she became ballet-mistress at age 21.
Her productions of Paquita and Pas de 4 in Paris, acclaimed by the press, received immediately government support. Read More
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia. By the time she was ten, she was Georgia's junior skating champion. That same year, she started ballet training in Tbilisi. Encouraged by her teachers, she soon abandoned skating for ballet studies at the Georgian State Choreographic School. Nina's impressive progress was noted by dance authorities, who persuaded her parents to let their daughter continue her training in Moscow. Thus, when she was thirteen, she entered the Moscow Choreographic School, the school of the Bolshoi Ballet. Her first teacher in that venerable institution was Natalia Viktorovna Zolotova.
Even before she graduated from the school, Ananiashvili had already won the Gold Medal (Junior Division) at the prestigious Varna International Competition (1980), and the Grand Prix (Junior) at the Moscow International Ballet Competition (1981), with Andris Liepa as her partner. Read More
Born in Bolzano, Italy, in 1964, Ivan Cavallari received his initial training at the Teatro alla Scala Ballet School in Milan. His teachers recognized his talent by awarding him a scholarship to the Bolchoi Ballet School in Moscow in 1981, where he continued his training until 1983.
From 1984 to 1985, he danced with the Scala Ballet School before joining the Stuttgart Ballet in 1986, where he became a Soloist and then Principal dancer under the successive directorships of Marcia Haydée and Reid Anderson. He danced all the leading roles of John Cranko’s ballets and regularly staged the latter’s works with the Royal Ballet Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, the Czech National Ballet, among many other companies. Read More
Dean, School of Dance, Korea National University of Arts. As a dance educator, scholar, artistic director, and choreographer, Kim Sun-Hee has established herself as one of the prominent figures in the history of Korean ballet. Starting Ballet at 9 years old, graduated Department of Dance at the Ewha Womans University in Korea and she moved to New York to study at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University, working with numerous dance companies as a dancer and choreographer. After earning her MFA degree Kim went back to Korea, where she worked as a dancer and teacher at various institutions until the early 1990s. Read More
Carlos Valcárcel is Director of Dance Designate of the English National Ballet School. Following an illustrious performing career where he danced principal roles with Victor Ullate Ballet, Balletto di Toscana and Stuttgart Ballet, Mr. Valcárcel became Director and principal teacher of his own ballet school in Madrid before joining the Showa School for Performing Arts in Tokyo. At the Showa School, he was the Principal Tutor and Lecturer of the Ballet Department. He later joined The Washington School of Ballet, teaching, mentoring and choreographing students and dancers from the company as Ballet Master of the Trainee Program at The Washington School of Ballet. Mr. Valcárcel has also been credited with coaching principal ballerinas and has served as a judge of international ballet competitions. He has also choreographed pieces and coached participants for elite competitions. He joins English National Ballet School from Ballet Arizona, where he has been Director of its School since 2011. Mr. Valcárcel is enthusiastically committed to preparing the next generation of young professional dancers for their careers.
Over the past 20 years, Cincinnati Ballet has experienced tremendous growth and critical success under the leadership of Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan, including its landmark 50th Anniversary year, which saw its company debut at The Joyce Theater in New York. Today she is one of only five female Artistic Directors of U.S. ballet companies with an annual operating budget of $5 million or more. When she took on executive leadership in addition to artistic responsibilities the company grew from an operating budget of $5.8 million in 2008 to $8.5 million today, and has established an $11.5 million endowment fund. Read More
Born in Helsinki, Finland, Mikko Nissinen began his dance training at age ten with The Finnish National Ballet School, and launched his professional dance career at age 15 with The Finnish National Ballet. In 1978, he won First Prize at The National Ballet Competition in Kuopio, Finland. He continued his studies at The Kirov Ballet School. Read More
Born in Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia. His potential as a dancer was recognized at age eight by the Sarajevo Opera Ballet School. Radenko was selected to receive his advanced training at the famed Vagonova Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. In his final year, he accepted a full scholarship to London's Royal Ballet School, where he was the only foreign student to be made a member of the elite Graduation Class. He has danced as a soloist with the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and with the Atlanta Ballet. Read More