Born in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. Vladimir Malakhov began ballet at the age of four and continued his training at Bolishoi Ballet School in Moscow at the age of ten. In 1986, He joined the Moscow Classical Ballet as the company's youngest principal dancer. He won several important awards: the Grand Prize, junior level at the International Ballet Competition in Varna (1986); the Gold Medal, senior level, and the Serge Lifar Prize at the Moscow International Ballet Competition (1989). In 1992, Malakhov joined the Vienna State Opera Ballet as a principal dancer and the National Ballet of Canada in 1994. In 1995, He had his debut with the American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Since that time, he has remained a principal dancer with ABT. In 2004, he became a director of the Staatsoper Berlin for 10 years. He has been an artistic adviser of The Tokyo Ballet.
György Szakály studied at Vaganova Ballet Academy then at the Hungarian Dance Academy. After graduation, he joined the Hungarian National State Opera. As a guest dancer, he also danced for Ballett Dortmund and Bonn Oper. In 1983, he is awarded “The Best Dancer of the Year” as well as other numerous awards. György Szakály is famous as a stage director, teacher and choreographer. Since 2011 he became the head of the Hungarian Dance Academy. He is invited in many international competitions as a judge and gives masterclasses all around the world.
Xiomara Reyes performed as a soloist and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 14 years before retiring from the stage in 2015. She was born in Cuba, studied at Cuba’s National Ballet School and later joined the National Ballet of Cuba where she performed in the corps de ballet and as a soloist. She has also performed principal roles with the Joven Guardia de Cuba under the direction of Laura Alonso, and leading roles as a soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium for seven years. In 2015, Reyes retired with the American Ballet Theatre in the title role of Giselle. She continued to perform as a Guest Artist in national and international performances. Ms. Reyes is also passionate about teaching and inspiring the new generation of dancers. Since 2013 she has been co-directing IBStage, a summer intensive in Barcelona, Spain which aims to connect renowned professionals of the dance field with young talented dancers. In 2015 she directed From Studio to Stage in Hartford where she staged Giselle and continues to give masterclasses all around the world.
Etsuko Adachi studied at the Matsuyama ballet school and danced as a principal dancer at the Matsuyama Ballet Company. In 1979, she is a bronze medalist at the 1st Jackson International Ballet Competition. On the same year, she went to Academy Princesse Grace in Monaco for 2 years and trained under Marika Bezobrazova. In 1986, she joined the Tokyo City Ballet Company as a principal dancer. Her repertoire includes principal roles in "Swan Lake", "Giselle", "Coppelia", "Esmeralda", "Midsummer Night's Dream". While dancing, she also found her talent in choreography, especially in opera pieces. She was selected by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to train in the Berlin State Ballet in 2008. From April 2009 she became the artistic director of the Tokyo City Ballet Company and is working to develop ballet for young generations.
Wieslaw Dudek was born in Ostrow Wielkopolski (Poland). He studied at State Ballet School Lodz. He was awarded “Best Student” in 1996, in the same year he joined the National Theater Warsaw. In the next year he joined the Great Theater Lodz. After 2 years, he was promoted to the principal dancer where he had opportunities to dance in various repertory pieces. In 2000 he moved to Ballet Stuttgart, in 2003 he was welcomed to Staatsballett Berlin as a soloist and promoted to principal dancer in 2005. His repertory includes classical ballet such as are Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, choreographies of G.Balanchine amongst otheres. In 2003, he announced his first choreography in Stuttgart called "Gute Fahrt" which showed his talent in choreography. In the same year, he got an official diploma as Ballet Teacher in Stuttgart. After that he started to teach in many places as in Stuttgart Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, the Hungarian Dance Academy. In 2015 he was awarded his life contribution by Lodz city, Poland. Currently he is based in Japan with his wife Shoko Nakamura, teaching at K-Ballet Company, Tokyo City Ballet, YAGP etc.
Tatiana Kozlova enters in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1975. After dancing a long time with the Bolshoi Ballet, she joined the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Japan in 1996. Currently she teaches Japanese students as a freelance teacher and choreographer.
Masanobu Negishi has danced as a soloist in numerous national and international companies such as Maki Asami Ballet Company, New National Theatre, Komische Oper Berlin, and Theater Dortmund. His repertoire is extensive, from pure classical ballet to more modern/contemporary works like ones of G.Balanchine, W.Forsythe, H.Van Manen, and N.Duato. Currently he is the director of Tanz Studio M, and mainly teaching classes at K-ballet. He is also invited in many national competitions as a judge.
Sayat Asatryan was born in Yerevan , Armenia and trained in Russia at the Voronezh Ballet Academy and Vaganova Ballet Academy. In 1998 he joined Moscow Kremlin Ballet where he performed principal roles in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Makbeth, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty. He worked with the most renowned choreographers and teachers such as Vladimir Vasiliev and Ekaterina Maximova ( Bolshoi Ballet) Andrei Petrov ( Kremlin Ballet) , etc., touring internationally in South America, Europe, Japan, France, Egypt, Italy, China, Italy ,Mexico and U.S. In 1999 he moved to the United States where he continues perform, teach and stage full-length classical ballets combining youth ballet stars with live orchestra. His choreography was described by critics as “terrific” and “monumental”. He holds Master Degree in Dance and Arts, and completed Certified Performing Arts Executive program from University of New Orleans focused on the management aspects of performing arts tour booking and presenting. Currently, he passes on his exceptional technique and artistry to his students at the Encinitas Ballet Academy in the United States. He believes in that ballet is an international language and a mode of communication and it crosses national boundaries and has become a medium for cross -cultural understanding.
※The best performer chosen by Sayat Asatryan will be given special awards – 100,000 JPY, invitation for participating the performance in CA, full travel and scholarship for summer course and cultural program visiting city of San Diego, CA.
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Naomi Koizumi is a famous ballet pianist in Japan.
After graduated Tokyo College of Music, Naomi has played for numerous seminars with major ballet schools and ballet teachers. She also has been chosen to play for various national and international ballet competitions and auditions, such as Youth America Grand Prix (Japan and New York), Japan Grand Prix/Junior Ballet Competition.
Also she is the director of Koizumi Music Studio. She was honored the best coaching award in Junior Piano Competition 2013 and the Glanzen Piano Concours.
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