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Jury 2019

VIOLETTE VERDY, Honorary Chairman, In Memoriam
MIKKO NISSINEN, Honorary Chairman


 

ANDRIS LIEPA (RUSSIA),

ANDRIS LIEPA (RUSSIA),

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

Belgium

ANDERSON SANTANA

ANDERSON SANTANA

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

Brazil

RICARDO SCHEIR

RICARDO SCHEIR

A renowned Brazilian choreographer, Ricardo began his dance studies in 1975 at the Ballet STAGIUM with Geralda Bezerra. He studied with great names of Brazilian dance, having as his great master, Ms. Toshie Kobayashi. He danced with "Jazz Company" under Dinah
Perry in the 1980s. In the 1990´s, he spent five years abroad dancing in Japan and Australia.
After teaching at several schools, in 1996 he decided to open his own school - "Pavilhão D Centro de Artes".

Ricardo Scheir was also Artistic Director of "São José dos Campos" Dance Company from 2005 to 2008 and He participated in the structuring and creation of "São Paulo Cia de Dança" (the state ballet company of São Paulo), where he was ballet teacher and rehearsal director for two years.

In 2008, he received the medal of "Artistic Merit", offered by the Brazilian Council of Dance, an organization linked to UNESCO. He was also granted four motions for his services on behalf of brazlian ballet by the prefectures of Osasco, Barra Bonita, São Jose dos Campos and São Paulo.

Ricardo has been awarded at the most important dance festivals in Brazil and abroad: Festival de Dança de Joinville (Santa Catarina, Brazil), CBDD (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Passo de Arte (São Paulo, Brazil), Danzamerica (Argentina), Youth America Grand Prix, Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (New York, USA). He was the only artist to receive the prize of best choreographer at Festival de Dança de Joinville twice (2000 & 2004).

Guest Teacher of the following Dance Companies:
- Balé da Cidade de São Paulo (Brazil), Cia Deborah Colker (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Bale Castro Alves (Bahia, Brazil), - Sesc Cia de Dança (Minas Gerais, Brazil), TuringerSttatebalett (Gera, Germany), Europa Ballet Conservatory (St. Polten, Austria), New Jersey State Ballet (USA)

As choreographer, he created for groups and companies in Brazil and abroad:
"Ballo" - São Paulo Cia. De Dança (São Paulo, Brazil), "Enamorados" - Balé da Cidade de Teresina (Piauí, Brazil), "Grito Suspenso" - SESC Cia. De Dança (Minas Gerais, Brazil), "Sentinelas" - Grupo Corpo Livre" (São Paulo, Brazil), "Don´t Look Back" - Europa Conservatory (St. Poelten, Austria)
In 2017, he was the choreographer of VKIBC´s compulsory contemporary solo.
Additionally, he established in 2015 an artistic collaboration agreement with Europa ballet St. Polten Conservatory in Austria.

He has been working as Judge and teacher at various competitions in Brazil and abroad: Festival de Dança de Joinville (Santa Catarina, Brazil), Bravos Festivais (São Paulo, Brazil, Ballace (Bahia, Brazil), Passo de Arte (São Paulo, Brazil), Danzamerica (Argentina), Tanzolymp (Berlin, Germany), Danzando en Lima (Lima, Peru).

FRANCE

Nina M. Buisson

Nina M. Buisson

An internationally acclaimed Contemporary Dance Master Teacher, award-winning choreographer and dance iconoclast, distinguished for coining cutting edge European contemporary dance idiom. For more than fifteen years Nina has enriched the avant-garde dance industry with her unconventional contemporary vocabulary - educating, choreographing and inspiring numerous students and performance artists across the globe. Her expressionistic Tanz-Theater tapestries weave a universe of boundless freedom, interdependence and inner peace. Nina is an "excellence" scholar from the PRINCESS GRACE Academy of Classical dance and has obtained her musical training from the PRINCE RAINIER III Music Academy in Monaco. She holds a professional teaching diploma in ballet and modern dance from the Cultural Ministry of France, Aix en Provence.

Nina Buisson has garnered critical plaudits and top prizes for her solo performances at several International dance competitions in France, Italy and Germany, she is the Elan Award recipient of the "Spirit Award for Choreographic Excellence".

Nina Buisson's singular choreography has been presented at the renowned New York City venues: "The Best of" at Danny Kay Play House at Hunter College 2004, The Elan Awards at the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Juilliard Senior Graduation Showcase 2005, Steps Choreography Performance Showcase 2006, Material Raw 13 "The Evolving Art Theater" 2006, Jennifer Muller's the Hatch 2008, The International Dance Festival at the Duke Theater 2009, The Avant-Garde Festival at Judson Memorial Church in 2010, The 10th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival 2011, La Mamma Move Dance Festival Motion Makers 2012, The Motion Capture Lab at the Steinhardt school of education New York University 2013, The Lab tanz-Theater for Actors 2014. Most recently, Nina Buisson Contemporary Move performed the work "Entre Deux Mondes" at the Joyce Soho Theater.

"I like to paint...curves of light and shadow. Like a whirling spiral I carve raw energy in enchanting patterns. The dancing body is like a subtle brush that paints soul-scapes of boundless freedom. Like poetry in motion, a painting without a frame, a gush of feelings floating in the air... I breathe the magic of moving bodies, seeding energy in space. Wether the magic remains after the piece is finished - doesn't matter. I soar up to my vastness - Unleashed and free...". Read More

CHARLES JUDE

CHARLES JUDE

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

LATVIA

JUDGE AIVARS LEIMANIS

JUDGE AIVARS LEIMANIS

AIVARS LEIMANIS is the Artistic Director of the Latvian National Ballet Company since 1993.

In 1976 he graduated from the Riga Choreography School. From 1989 until 1995 he studied at The Faculty of Ballet Masters of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS), specialty of choreographer. In 1995 he obtained the degree of the Master of Arts.

He was a ballet soloist of the Latvian National Ballet from 1976 until 1996 where his repertoire included leading roles in ballets The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Cinderella among others.

He has represented Latvian art in more than 40 countries including the USA, France, China, Great Britain, Argentina etc.

As a guest soloist, he has danced together with Bolshoi ballet, Ballet Philippines, Moscow Festival Ballet and other ballet companies in Czech Republic, Russia, and Azerbaijan. From 1989 until 1993 he danced in the Star Group of Vladimir Vasilyev and Yekaterina Maksimova.

At the Latvian National Ballet he has choreographed and staged many ballets: Francesca da Rimini, The Life, Fuete, Atlantis, La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Raymonda, Don Quihote, Coppélia, The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, At the Blue Danube and ballet Karlsson Flies... that received the Latvian Great Music Award and special prize of "Latvijas Gāze" as Best Performance of the Year.

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MEXICO

PATRICIA AULESTIA DE ALBA

PATRICIA AULESTIA DE ALBA

A Mexican citizen today born in Quito, Ecuador, Ms. Aulestia started her professional studies as a dancer in Chile, Argentina and the United States. In New York she obtained a scholarship to study in the Martha Graham School of  Contemporary Dance and at the School of American Ballet. She also studied with the Ballet Russe of  Monte Carlo and at the American Ballet Center. Patricia Aulestia has been principal dancer in the National Ballet of Chile, in the Modern Art Ballet of Santiago de Chile (today's Ballet de Santiago) as well as at ballet Clásico 70 of  Mexico. Ms. Aulestia as is also the founder and director of the National Ballet of Ecuador (Ballet NacionalEcuatoriano). She has worked as dance teacher, researcher and choreographer, creating "Daquilema", "Niño Agua" and the "CholaMaría" among other choreographic works. Read More

PANAMA

OLGA GUARDIA de SMOAK

OLGA GUARDIA de SMOAK

President of the New Orleans International Ballet Conference, and Artistic Advisor to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Panama, in the field of ballet. Studied dance under Ballets Russes and Royal Ballet masters, holds a License esLettres from Vassar College in New York, has done academic graduate work in France. Actively involved in productions and ballet exchanges for over thirty years, she pioneered courses for North American ballet pedagogues in the former Soviet Union and arranged for the first official production of a Balanchine choreography in that area through the Balanchine Trust, while bringing to North and South America distinguished dancers, teachers and choreographers. Read More

RUSSIA

NIKOLAI TSISKARIDZE

NIKOLAI TSISKARIDZE

Rector of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersbourg, was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1973. Не started dancing at the age of 11, training at the Tbilisi State Choreographic School. In 1987 he was admitted to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow (class of Professor Piotr Pestov).
Invited by Yuri Grigorovich, Nikolai joined the Bolshoi Ballet in 1992, where he studied with Galina Ulanova, Marina Semyonova and Nikolai Fadeyechev. Read More

SERGEI SOLOVIEV

SERGEI SOLOVIEV

Born in Moscow, Russia, Serguei Soloviev joins the corps of Bolshoi Ballet at age 19, before becoming first soloist in 1981. He was taught by such professors as GalinaUlanova, AssafMesserer and Marina Semionova. Among other roles, Soloviev danced Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, the Prince and Rothbart in Swan Lake, Don Juan in Amour d'Amour with such prestigious dancers as Maya Plissetskaya, EkaterinaMaximova, Vladimir Vassiliev, among others.
From 1989 on, he starts teaching, first at the Bolshoi then abroad, with the idea to transmit and participate in the evolution of Russian Ballet teaching. Mr. Soloviev has taught at Cincinnati Ballet, Universal Ballet Company (South Korea), Vienna StaatsOper (Austria) and La Scala School of Dance (Italy). Since 1997, he has been teaching classical dance at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (France). Read More

SOUTH KOREA

SUN HEE KIM

SUN HEE KIM

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

MI SOOK JEON

MI SOOK JEON

As an internationally recognized choreographer and dance educator of Korea, Mi Sook Jeon taught, performed and choreographed in numerous international festivals including Seoul Dance festival, SPAF 2008, White Bird Festival, and Jacob's Pillow Dance.Read More

USA

RADENKO PAVLOVICH

RADENKO PAVLOVICH

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

Paul McRae

Paul McRae

PAUL H. MCRAE Assistant Director New Jersey Ballet, trained at the San Francisco School of Ballet, New Jersey School of Ballet and the School of American Ballet. He became an apprentice with New Jersey Ballet at age 16. In 1974 joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, while there he attended Point Park College. In Pittsburgh he studied and worked with Nicholas Petrov, Frederic Franklin, Leonid Massine and John Gilpin. He rejoined New Jersey Ballet in 1978 performing a wide range of solo and principal roles in the Company's extensive repertory. Named Assistant to the Director of New Jersey Ballet in 1990 and he became Assistant Director in September 2001. Mr. McRae is on the ballet faculty at New Jersey School of Ballet and for the past twenty years has been on the residence ballet faculty at Kean University. He is a co-founder and former President of Dance/New Jersey, a board member of Art Pride New Jersey and New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and he also serves as Co-Chair of the Arts Advisory Committee at Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey.

Michael Pink

Michael Pink

Michael Pink is the longest serving artistic director in Milwaukee Ballet history. Since joining the Company in December of 2002, he has established himself as a prominent member of the Milwaukee arts community, demonstrating his commitment to the future of dance through new work, education and collaboration.

His artistic vision for Milwaukee Ballet continues to be exciting and challenging. His long-awaited production of Peter Pan signified a major landmark in the Company's history and was broadcast nationally by PBS in spring of 2014. His production of Romeo and Juliet has also been broadcast by MPBS. In 2008, the Wisconsin Dance Council presented Pink with the Choreography/Performance Award. In 2014, the Milwaukee Press Club honored him with the Headliner Award for service to the arts. He received the Civic Music Association's award for Distinguished Citizen - Professional in the Arts in 2015.

Michael Pink is an international choreographer, his theatrical productions of Dracula, Esmeralda, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, La Bohème, Don Quixote, Mirror Mirror, Dorian Gray and Beauty and the Beast have been hailed as 'Classical Ballet for the 21st Century'. His first professional work, 1914 was nominated for a West End Theatre Award, London.

His early choreographic work won him first place in the Fredrick Ashton and the Royal Society of Arts Choreographic Competitions. He has worked as répétiteur for Rudolf Nureyev at the Paris Opera and La Scala Milan. He trained as a classical dancer at The Royal Ballet School and danced with English National Ballet 1975 to 1985
Michael was the founding director of Ballet Central in London; he also served as associate artistic director of the Northern Ballet Theatre.

He continues to build strong working relationships with other Milwaukee Arts groups, where his credits include; A Christmas Carol, Assassins, Cabaret, and Next to Normal. for Milwaukee Rep. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for First Stage.

Hungary

György Szakály

György Szakály

György Szakály studied at the Hungarian Dance Academy, from where he graduated in 1976. Than he obtained a one-year scholarship to the Vaganova Ballet Academy (that time Leningrad).

He became member of the Hungarian State Opera / National Ballet in 1977. Besides guestperformances with the Hungarian National Ballet he was guest soloist of the Dortmund Opera from 1985 to 1988, and first soloist of the Bonn Opera between 1988-1991.

After earlier teaching activities he returned to the Hungarian Dance Academy in 2003 where he is currently Professor. He was nomineted Rector during summer 2011, and his mandate has been prolongued till 2018.
As guest teacher and jury member he is regularly invited by Japanese, Italian and Slovenian partners.

Austria

Peter Breuer

Peter Breuer

Peter Breuer was born in Tegernsee ,Germany , the son of Pianist and Conductor Peter Bruno Breuer.

At the age of eleven he began balletlessons with Gustav Blank , renowned fort he traditional Vaganova School of St.Petersburg. He had his first contract with 15 at the "Bavarian State Opera Munich" followed in the age of 17 by a soloist contract with the "Ballett of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/ Duisburg". His international career began in 1969 as a principal dancer gueststar with the world famous " London Festival Ballet "1971 led to permanent engagements with " The Deutsche Oper Berlin " and the "Bavarian State Opera Ballet Munich ".in 1973 he became a permanent member of he " London Festival Ballet " 1979 he was guesting with American Ballet Theatre ,Balletto de la Scala Milano.

Tours led him to Australia, South America, Spain , Yugoslavia, Polen, France, Czech Republique, U.S.A, Venezuela ,Japan and the Phillipines
Through the 1980`s Peter Breuer was considered one of the leading dancers oft he international Ballet world.

His first Choreographies appeared in 1981 for Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, The German State Opera Berlin and the Budapest State Opera.He created two full evenings Ballets , Tschaikowsky and Siegfried ,fort he State Ballet of Karlsruhe -Germany.

Since the Season 1991/1992 he is Ballettdirector an resident choreographer oft he State Theatre of Salzburg ( Salzburg Ballett ). He is known for his tradition of " storytelling " ballets. He has recieved critical acclaim by critics and audiences for his ballets like :
"Peer Gynt","Orpheus and Eurydike","A Midsummernights Dream " ,"Marylin " ,"Romeo and Julia ", " Sleeping Beauty ", " Therese Raquin", ""Tschaikowsky " , " Carmen "as well as ist innovative ballets " Angels", "Lulu" and "Bach and Drums " and " The Wall" In 2011/2012 he created the Ballet " Elements "as well as " Beatles" and later " Ballet'n Blues ".His most recent ballets included " Marie Antoinette", a modern version o "The Puppenfee ". In ther season 2013/2014 he choreographed a neew version of " Swan Lake " . The ballet season 2013/2014 opened with his production of " Nutcracker" as well the Rockballet " Dance for Satisfaction".

Then follows 2015 "Mythos Coco " "Deadly Sins" 2016 " Gesualdo " "Forever 27 " his löatest Creation was " Cinderella" with the " Mozarteum Orch. Salzburg.
So far he created 54 full-length Ballets

His Company , The Salzburg Ballett is touring regularly through Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Peter Breuer recieved the Great Cross of Honour of the Austrian Goverment and just now the " German Dance /Ballet Prize 2015" for his lifework as a dancer and choreographer, the highest dance award in the dance world from Germany ,Austria and Switzerland . 2017 he achieved the title Professor by the Austrian
President.