The judge panel is constituted by elements of recognized merit and international prestige in the dance area.
Anastasia Dunets, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, received her ballet education at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg where she also completed her pedagogical training (bachelor's degree). In 1988 she had her first engagement as a ballet dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Company in Saint Petersburg, Russia. From 1997 to 2000 she was a ballet dancer at the Staatsoper in Berlin. From 2000 to 2012 Anastasia Dunets was a ballet dancer at the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki, Finland. From 2007 she also worked as a teacher with Finnish National Ballet School and Helsinki Dance Institute. From September 2015 - professional ballet teacher at the Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. From September 2017 - professional ballet teacher at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC, USA and international guest teacher. Anastasia Dunets repertoire includes solo and main roles in SWAN LAKE, THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE NUTCRACKER, GISELLE, LES SYLPHIDES, LA BAYADERE, RAYMONDA, DON QUIXOTE, PAQUITA, LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE, FOUNTAIN OF BACHTSHISARAI, LA FILL MAL GARDEE, CINDERELLA, ROMEO AND JULIA, ANNA KARENINA, THE SEAGULL, NAPOLI and other.
In addition he has danced in ballets by a host of different choreographers including G.Balanchine, J.Cranko, M.Bejart, J.Kylián, J.Neumeier, P.Lacotte, P.Bart, O.Vinogradov, R.Nureev, M.Boldwin, H.Spoerli, S.Guillem, B.Stevenson, H.van Manen, W.Eagling, T.van Schayk, A.-M.Holmes, K.McKenzie, R.van Dantzig, U.Sholts, A.Ratmansky, D.Dawson and other.
Elias Garcia Herrera
Initiates his Dance studies at the “Institute of Theatre” with Jose Maria Escudero. Later on, with a scholarship continues his studies at the “Rossella Hightower School” in Cannes, where he develops his studies with Rossella Hightower, Arlette Castalle and Jose Ferran. He completes his studies in Madrid at the “National Ballet School” with Lola de Ávila, Ana Baselga and Jorge Esquivel.
Begins as a ballet dancer at the “Balleto di Saragoza” and later on at the “Ballets du Monte Carlo” where he performed all the Repertoire roles.
In 1994 he becomes part of the “Ballet du Nord” as a soloist, working with the director Maryce Delente. He initiates his teaching career at the “Ballet du Nord” School, being afterwards a guest teacher at the “Opera of Lione”, in the “Egribianco Danza Company” and at “Balleto del Sud” (Italy), “It Dansa” (Spain).
Founder and Artistic director of the Summer Course that happens annually in Barcelona, the prestigious – Ibstage, founded more recently the “Ballet de Catalunya” Dance Company.
Irina Shapchits Zavialova, received her ballet education at Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg from 1977 to 1985. Where she worked with teachers such as N.Dudinskaja, K.Sergeev, A.Hamzin, I Gensler. From 1985 to 1991 she was a Soloist in Maly Theater, St Petersburg, and a Principal since 1988. From 1991 to 1995 she was a Principal in Kirov Ballet (Mariinsky Theater), St Petersburg. From 1995 to 1997, Irina Zavialova worked as a Principal at Bonn Opera, and from 1997 to 2001 Principal Dancer in Royal Ballet of Flanders. From 2001 to 2004 she was a Principal with Peter Shaufuss Ballet. Irina Zavialova was also a Guest Dancer in Tokyo Ballet, Kirov Ballet ,Essen Ballet, Stuttgart Ballett ; English National ballet. In her Repertoire she danced Don-Quixot, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Les Sylphides, La Sylphide, Theme and Variations, Apollo, Serenade, La Fille Mal Gardèe, La Bayadére, Paquita, Nutcracker, Harlequinade, Legend of Love, Cinderella and others. Worked with choreographers like Oleg Vinogradov, Yuri Grigorovich, Konstantin Sergeev, Jean Christoph Mallot, Christopher D’Amboise Mauricio Wainrot. Irina Zavialova is a Teacher of Classical Ballet and Repertoire (advanced level) at National Conservatory of Dance, Lisbon, Portugal, since 2004. Where she was coordinator of Dance Department from 2009 to 2013.
Jahn Magnus Johansen
Jahn Magnus Johansen, born in Oslo Norway, had his training in Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Norwegian Opera Ballet School in Oslo.
At the age of 17, he was engaged with Norwegian National Ballet and later join Washington Ballet I Washington D.C. In 1989, he joined Het National Ballet as a coryphe. He was appointed to soloist in 1993 and principal in 1995. He danced the leading roles in most classical ballet like Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet among others. Johansen performed soloist roles in a vast numbers of ballets in both classical and contemporary from choreographers like Martha Graham, Glen Tetley, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Rudi Van Dantzig, Hans van Manen, and Tor van Schayk. Roles was created for him in ballets of Wayne Eagling, Ted Brandsen, Krzysztof Pastor, David Dawson and Rudi van Dantzig.
Johansen guested with ballets companies and international ballet galas in Europe, Japan and U.S.A.
In 2005, Johansen retired form dancing, started to work as an assistant ballet master with Het National Ballet, and was assistant to chorographer Krzysztof Pastor.
In 2006, he started as a ballet master with Norwegian National Ballet. In 2012-2015, he was assistant director with the Norwegian National Ballet.
Johansen has be professor and head of the Bachelor program in classical ballet at Oslo National Academy of the Arts since 2015.
Kaloyan Boyadjiev, since 2015 Leader/Director of the Norwegian National Ballet 2. From August 2002 until 2015 was a Principal Dancer of Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.
From 1995 until 2000 was a Senior Soloist of the State Theater Ballet, Pretoria, South Africa and from 2000 till 2002 Soloist with National Opera and Ballet Sofia. His repertoire includes various roles such as, Basil - Don Quixote – Nurejev; Romeo - Romeo and Juliet – Corder; Mercutio - Romeo and Juliet – Corder; Nutcracker Prince - The Nutcracker - Grigarovitch, Bjørn; Don Jose - Carmen – Scarlett; Lucentio - The Taming of the shrew – Crancko; Albrecht - Giselle – Petipa; Colas - La Fille mal Gardée – Ashton; James - La Sylphide – Bournonville; Gennario - Napoli – Bournonville; Cassio - Othello – Lubovich; The Chosen - The right of spring – Tetley; Ariel - The Tempest – Tetley; Puck - The Midsummer Night`s Dream – Sund; Puck - The Dream – Ashton; Bronze Idol - La Bayadére – Petipa; Pasient Pas De Deux - Giselle – Petipa; Pas De Six - Sleeping Beauty – Mats Ek, and so one.
Modern repertoire and choreographer worked with - Balanchine: Theme and Variations; The Four Temperaments; Symphony in C; Allegro Brillante; Agon; Tschaikovsky Pas De Deux; Rubies; Who Cares?; Symphony in Three Movements; Ballet Imperial - Kylian: Bella Figura; Wings of Wax, 27`52”; Soldiers Mass; No More Play; Sweet Dreams; Stepping Stones; Arcimbaldo; Tar and Feathers; Last Touch First; Gods and Dogs; Nacho Duato: Por Vos Muero; White Darkness; Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness; Without Words; Forsythe: Workwithinwork; Steptext; Limb`s Theorem; Second Detail; The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; One Flat Thing, reproduced.
In 2008 Master Degree - Choreography and Ballet staging in The Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and in 2016 a Master Degree - Vaganova Ballet Pedagogy in The Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Marek Rózycki was educated in the Poznan State Ballet School.
His first professional engagement was with the Polish Dance Theatre under Conrad Drzewiecki, who was at this time the most innovative choreographer of polish dance scene. Further he was engaged at the Bremer Dance Theatre, Deutsche Oper Berlin Ballet and Ballet of the Staatsoper Berlin. His repertoire includes various roles from world famous classical and contemporary repertoire while he had the privilege to work with world famous classical and contemporary choreographers.
As first Ballet master and choreographic assistant he worked in Peter Schaufuss Dance Company in Denmark and Berlin Ballet Company of the Komische Oper Berlin where he was also the Associate Artistic Director of this company.
He is teaching ballet in Europe, Asia and both Americas and is desirable judge by the world renowned ballet competitions.
Presently he executes the position of Associate Artistic Director at the Berlin State Ballet School.
Sylvia is the recipient of a BFA in dance from the Juilliard School (USA), and has studied at the Nationale Ballet Academie (NL), Elmhurst Ballet School (U.K), and Ballet Sumber Cipta (ID). She studied ballet with Erna Droog, Benjamin Harkarvy, Hector Zaraspe, and modern dance with Cristine Dakin and Laura Glenn and Lila York, to name a few. She holds degrees/certificates in dance from the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (U.K). Swiss dance critic Lilo Weber nominated her as a Outstanding Young Dance Nominee in the 2001 Ballet TanzAktuell Yearbook. A professional dancer since 1996, she danced with Ballet Gulbenkian (PT), Bern Ballet (CH), Stadttheater Giessen (DE), Stageworks Rui Horta (PT), Ana Roethlisberger Co. (CH), Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theatre (CH), Dansity (NL), Company Motleni (CH), Cie. DRIFT (CH), Company Pool (CH), Companhia Olga Roriz (PT), Tok’Art (PT), and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble (USA). She has danced in many solo roles in works by Örjan Andersson, Mauro Bigonzetti, Stijn Célis, Marie Chouinard, Nils Christe, Félix Dúmeril, Gilles Jobin, Roberto Galván, Jacopo Godani, Rui Lopes Graça, Martha Graham, Rui Horta, Foofwa D’Immobilité, Jiří Kylián, José Limón, Ohad Naharin, David Parsons, Hervé Robbe, Olga Roriz, Philippe Saire, Paul Taylor, Didy Veldman, Pierre Wyss and Lila York, to name a few. As a contemporary dance choreographer, she has collaborated with Frey Faust, Ivan Wolfe, Iratxe Ansa, and Allan Falieri, and worked on a solo creation under the guidance of Ivo Dimchev. As a contemporary choreographer, she has created group and solo works in Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and the USA. As a rehearsal assistant she has worked with Portuguese choreographer, Olga Roriz setting ballets for the Companhia Olga Roriz (PT), Companhia Nacional de Bailado (PT), Balé Teatro Guaíra (BR). She received her Masters in Dance Teaching from the Superior Dance School (PT), where she also currently teaches contemporary dance, periodically choreographs for the student body, and investigates practice-based dance research.