With the wonderful performance of the National Opera and Ballet Sofia "Zorba the Greek" in the Amphitheater of the Sanatorium and Health complex "Kamchia", was opened the Second International Junior Dance Festival GRAND DANCE ACADEMY. The founders of the one of the most impressive events in the field of the ballet art aremusic and production company „Joker Media“, Bolshoi Ballet Academy - Moscow and Кomplex „Kamchia“, under the patronage of the Ministry of culture of Republic of Bulgaria.

This year participants are from 8 to 18 years old from Russia, Ukraine, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Japan, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria. Last week they have passed the preparatory part – master classes with one of the most famous ballet teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

“This is what makes our Festival unique - only in the USA and Bulgaria such master classes are held”, - the President of Joker Media Mr. Ovanes Melik-Pashaev said. He added also that the upcoming competition will be held in three categories – classical dance, modern dance and folk dance and the International Jury votes on 10-point scale for performance technique, artistic presence, choreography. The Chairman of the internation jury is the Rector of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy – Prof. Marina Leonova.

During the opening ceremony Prof.Leonova announced, that last year the winner  and holder of Grand Prix was Bulgarian girl Ivana Harizanova. She has already studied in the most reputable Russian school of choreography – The Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

On behalf of the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russian Federation in Bulgaria, the General Consul of Russian Federation in Varna Mr. Sergey Lukianchuk congratulated the founders, participants and guests of GRAND DANCE ACADEMY. „Here many talented children from different countries and nationalities are gathered.  They present different dance schools and movements. I am convinced, that the rich program of the festival will give the opportunity the participants to develop not only their dance skills but to enjoy the sea.Itwill contribute to the mutual enrichment of friendly relations and professional contacts between unanimous people from different countries. I congratulate the organizers of the Festival – Joker Media and Complex Kamchia - for their noble work aimed at developing the talent of the teenage generation”, - the greeting address says.

Mrs. Stanka Shopova – Executive Director of the Complex Kamchia, has also congratulated the participants and guests. “Kamchia” meets and develops different talents. This is a place of meeting and discovering talents. This is a place of spiritual unity with beauty, art, and nature. The stars of Kamchia are stars of peace and goodness.” – she says. 

Greeting addresses were received also from the Ministry of culture of Republic of Bulgaria and from the Deputy of the State Russian Duma – Mr. Iosif Kobzon.

In the beautiful Amphitheater in Kamchiaon the beachand summer sunset , 2000 guests of the complex have enjoyed a ballet performance „Zorba the Greek“ –a ballet performance with 30-years old world triumph.Composer of the music is MikisTheodorakis, based on the novel of Nikos Kazandzakis. Spectators stood up and danced in the beautiful finale of the play, in which the stars of Rosen Kanev - in the role of Zorba, Nikola Hadzhitanev - played John, Martha Petkova - in the role of Marina and Anastasia Nedelcheva as Madame Ortans  shine out.

Gala of the winners inGRAND DANCE ACADEMY  - a celebration of beauty and grace, will be on 12thof August (Saturday), at  17,00in the concert hall «Radugа".


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