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MARINA LEONOVA

MARINA LEONOVA

Russia

CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY- Prof. Marina Leonova . Rector of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, Russia). Master teacher of Classical Dance. Prof. Leonova began her ballet career when she graduated the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She was invited to join the famous Bolshoi Ballet Theatre and was soon promoted to prima ballerina. She became a rector of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 2002. Awarded numerous prestigious national and international prizes, including the highest honorary title of People’s Artist of Russia. Laureate of the Russian Federation Government Award.

VLADIMIR MALAKHOV

VLADIMIR MALAKHOV

Germany

The ballet critique has given him the title "Dancer of the Century". He is one of the prominent alumni of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. After graduation in 1986 Vladimir Malakhov was accepted as a leading soloist in the Moscow Classical Ballet. Numerous awards from international ballet competitions are won in Varna, Moscow, Paris, Jackson (USA), Venice, Monte Carlo. In 1992 Malakhov made his debut in Vienna State Opera, in 1994 - the National Ballet of Canada and in 1995 - The American Ballet Theater. He performed on the famous stages of Bolshoi and Mariinskiy Theater, in Stuttgart, Berlin and Japan. In 2002 Malakhov became a director of the Staatsoper Berlin. Sice 2004 he is appointed as an artistic director of the joined ballet troupes of the Staatsoper Berlin and Deutsche Opera

ELENA ANDRIENKO

ELENA ANDRIENKO

Russia

Prima ballerina of Bolshoi Theatre and honored People’s Artist of Russia. She was born in Kiev (Ukraine). She studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Moscow State Academy of Choreography), where she trained in Sophia Golovkina's graduates’ class. In 1991, having completed her studies, she joined the Bolshoi Theatre and became prima ballerina. She has performed in numerous leading and solo roles in spectacles: Swan Lake, Don Qiuxote, Nutcracker, Giselle and many others. She is a prize winner at the international Ballet Dancers Competition of Moscow (1993) and at the First International Serge Lifar Ballet Dancers Competition in Kiev (1994). Docent in Department of Choreography BalletMaster faculty of Russian Academy of Theater Arts

VADIM PISAREV

VADIM PISAREV

Ukraine

Famous Ukrainian ballet dancer, art director of Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, founder and director of the international festival World Ballet Stars. In 1985 Vadim Pisarev won the Gold Medal in Moscow. In 1995 - UNESCO award "The Best Dancer of the World". In 1986 he won the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (USA). People's Artist of Ukraine.

SARA-NORA KRASTEVA

SARA-NORA KRASTEVA

Bulgaria

In 1996 has graduated the National School for Dance Art in Bulgaria. The same year she was awarded for the best participant in the International Ballet Competition in Osaka, Japan and in 1997 she was a finalist in the International Ballet Competition in Moscow. After her graduation she was accepted in the ballet troupe of the National Opera in Sofia, Bulgaria and in 2003 she became a leading soloist. In 2009 - Director of the Ballet of Sofia Opera and Ballet Theatre.

MASHA ILIEVA

MASHA ILIEVA

Bulgaria

Prima ballerina of the Bulgarian National Opera and Ballet. She graduated the Ballet Academy “Vaganova” in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  In 1986 she was a laureate of the International Ballet Competition in Varna and in 1988 Juriy Grigorovich has given her a role in his spectacle in Sofia – “The Nutcracker”. Maria Ilieva has been a director of the Bulgarian National Ballet during the period 2001 – 2003. She set up a private ballet school for children in Sofia. Maria Ilieva has a Master Degree in Ballet choreography and pedagogy and has received a Doctoral Degree as well. She is ballet master in folk and traditional dance, and classical repertoire in the Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia, Bulgaria.

NOBUHIRO TЕRADA

NOBUHIRO TЕRADA

Ukraine

People’s Artist of Ukraine.  Art Director of Kiev School Ballet. In 1995 he became a soloist of the National Opera of Ukraine. In the same year he became also a prize-winner  in the International Ballet Competition in Japan. In 1999 he graduated Dance Academy and became a prize-winner at the International Serge Lifar Ballet Dancers Competition.

Mr. Tеrada is a Director of “Grand Prix Kiev” International Ballet Festival and a sponsor of “World Ballet Stars” International Festival.

TAKANE YAMAMOTO

TAKANE YAMAMOTO

Japan

TAKANE is choreographer, he choreographs any dancers from children to pro dancers in all genre of dance, and their dance style is new unseen fusion.

He is pursuing the meaning, the role, and the new possibility of DANCE from the international vision, and challenging international activities.

2005 founded“ DANCE WORLD made in TAKANE”

2005 Gold Medal as a dancer , The 5th Japan International Ballet & Modern Dance Competition, in Nagoya

2007&08 Gold Medal, International Dance Festival TANZOLYMP in Berlin (Choreography)

2008 Choreograph the opening ceremony of at Beijing Paralympics 2008 China .

2011 Grand Prix, “World Ballet Stars 2011”in Donetsk Ukraine. (Choreography)

2013 Special Prize, at 10th Anniversary GALA of International Dance Festival TANZOLYMP in Berlin

2014 Vladimir Vasiliev Prize , The XIII Russian Open Ballet Competition “Arabesque‐2014”

2017 Grand Prix, Grand Dance Academy in Varna, Bulgaria

2018 Vladimir Vasiliev Prize , The XV Russian Open Ballet Competition “Arabesque‐2018”

2018 VARNA international ballet competition 2018 Super GALA Concert“Meeting of Generations”

And works choreographed by TAKANE was awarded 1st prize at dance competition in Tokyo, Kobe, Kyoto, Nakano and Okinawa in Japan.

Now about 1500,000 or more people in the world are viewing TAKANE's program 『Little Swan』on YouTube.

The organizing committee of the competition reserves the right to make changes in the jury before the beginning of the festival.

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