President of the Jury
Artistic Director of Zurich Dance Academy, taZ
After training at the State Ballet School Berlin for seven years, Steffi Scherzer joined the German State Opera Berlin, where she was appointed Prima Ballerina in 1984.
Steffi danced the leading parts and title roles of the entire classical and neoclassical repertoire. She won numerous major prizes and awards at both national and international ballet competitions, such as the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna and the Individual Excellent Performance Price in Osaka as well as two first prices at National Competitions.
She received many acclaimed performing arts and critics’ awards for her outstanding performances and interpretations, among others in “Swan Lake” and “Giselle”.
Steffi made guest appearances around the world, and worked with many of the most renowned choreographers such as Rudolf Nurejev, Patrice Bart, Maurice Béjart, William Forsythe, Pierre Lacotte, Roland Petit, Uwe Scholz, Laszlo Seregi, Youri Vamos and Tom Schilling.
She is an honorary member of the German State Opera Berlin and one of Germany’s most outstanding classical dancers.
Since 2004 she has been working in leading positions at Zurich Dance Academy, the professional Ballet School of Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland.
She also acts very successfully as teacher for Classical Dance, Pointe Work and Classical Repertoire at Zurich Dance Academy. Mrs Scherzer’s students achieved top places and won many prizes at national and international competitions.
Artistic Director State Ballet School Berlin
After completing his studies at the State Ballet School of Berlin in 1987, Gregor Seyffert was immediately engaged as a soloist at the dance theater of the Komische Oper Berlin.
He danced 13 years there since 1991 as first soloist, the main roles of great classical and contemporary works.
Numerous international prizes and awards, including the gold medal at the Grand Prix de Lausanne in 1986, the first prize as the best partner in the International Ballet Competition Jackson/USA in 1994, the First Prize at the International Competition Varna/Bulgaria in 1994 or the German Critics’ Prize 2002-Dance he earned by absolute technical perfection as well as its unique design of character roles.
In 1997, won with Gregor Seyffert for the first time a German dancer the coveted believed to be at the Ballet Academy Award PRIX DE LA DANSE BENOIS – protected UNESCO as a World Best Dancer of the Year.
In 1999, Gregor Seyffert the title Berlin Chamber dancer was awarded. In recognition of his exceptional artistic achievements Gregor Seyffert was awarded the German Dance Prize 2003 in March 2003.
In 1996, Gregor Seyffert & Compagnie was founded, which was invited to the service productions On the Marionette Theater and Clown of God as the official culture Germany’s contribution to the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta/USA in the same year.
The successful play Clown of God about the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky was filmed in 2002 in a co-production between the WDR and the ORB.
Since the season 2002/03 directs chamber dancer Gregor Seyffert as Artistic Director of the Department of stage dance at the State Ballet School of Berlin and was established in 2006 as professor of theater dance at the Academy of Dramatic Arts “Ernst Busch” appointed.
Between 2004 and 2009 he directed as Artistic Director of Gregor Seyffert Compagnie Dessau on Anhalt Theatre, the feature-length works “The Little Prince” (2005), “Tango Palace” (2007, co-production with the Kurt Weill Festival), “Peri – A angel between heaven & Earth “(2008),” around the World in 80 Days “(2009) and the cross-over spectacle ”Marquis de Sade“ in the power plant Vockerode that as a cultural highlight of Saxony-Anhalt between 2006 and 2009 more than 220 performances experienced.
For the Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen in 2010 he created the dance piece “Son of Man” on the life of Jesus Christ based on texts by Klaus Kinski.
In the summer of 2013 Gregor Seyffert opened in the ARENA Leipzig with the stage spectacle “Wagner_Reloaded – Apocalyptica meets Wagner” the MDR Music Summer, which he in cooperation with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Radio Choir, the Finnish rock band Apocalyptica, the theater Titanick and soloists of the Leipzig Ballet world premiere brought.
Director Ballettschule Theater Basel
Born: Texas, USA. Dance education: School of American Ballet, New York. Engagements: Ballet du Grand Théater de Genéve, Director Patricia Neary and Artistic Director George Balanchine; 1978 – 1989 Principal Dancer Basler Ballett, Director Heinz Sporeli; 1989 – 1990 Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Bennett has worked as guest teacher, ballet mistress and choreographic assistant for, among others: The Feld Ballet N.Y., Ballet du Grand Theater de Genéve, Luzerner Ballett, Bern Ballett and Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly. She has been on the jury of many international competitions including The McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge, Sydney Australia (2007) and the Prix de Lausanne (2009). She is an accredited teacher of the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum. In 2012 she assumed the Artistic Directorship of the Prix de Lausanne. Ms. Bennett has been the director of the Ballettschule Theater Basel and teacher for Ballett Basel since 2001. She was instrumental in bringing the EFZ to Basel. In June 2015 she received the Heinz Spoerli Foundation Prize for her outstanding achievement as director of the Ballettschule Theater Basel.
Directeur pédagogique et artistique du Cycle Initial de l’École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille
a reçu sa formation de danseur classique à Paris, de Pascal Vincent, Raymond Franchetti, Attilio Labis, Gilbert Mayer et Maître Serge Peretti de l’Opéra de Paris.
Il commence sa carrière dans Washington Square, création de Rudolf Noureev, avant d’être engagé par Maurice Béjart au Ballet du XXème siècle pour la création de « Malraux » au théâtre du Chatelet. Il rejoint ensuite la Compagnie Victor Ullate, à Madrid, puis intègre « The Ballet Stars Dancers Company » à Tokyo sous la direction artistique de Melissa Hayden, étoile au New York City Ballet.
En 1991, il est engagé au Grand Théâtre National de Bordeaux où il participe jusqu’en 2005 comme danseur ou soliste à toutes les productions du grand répertoire classique, des chorégraphes d’aujourd’hui et des tournées internationales des directeurs successifs, Paolo Bortoluzzi, Eric Vu An et Charles Jude. Avec ce dernier, il participe également aux tournées internationales privées des étoiles de l’Opéra de Paris aux Etats-Unis et au Japon.
Titulaire du Diplôme d’Etat (DE) en 2001 et du Certificat d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement de la Danse (C.A.) en 2008, il enseigne la danse classique à l’Ecole Nationale de Musique et de Danse de Bobigny/Paris, dont il est également directeur du département « Voix et mouvement ». Il intervient au Centre National de la Danse (CND de Paris Pantin) dans les formations au DE et CA, ainsi que pour la formation technique du DE à l’Opéra de Paris. Il est régulièrement invité comme professeur dans plusieurs compagnies nationales et participe comme jury aux auditions d’écoles supérieures.
Depuis septembre 2012, il occupe la fonction de directeur pédagogique et artistique du Cycle Initial de l’École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille.
ANNARELLA ROURA SÁNCHEZ
Director Dance School Conservatório Internacional de Ballet e Dança Portugal
Born in Cuba in 1971, she is the Director of the renowned dance school Conservatório Internacional de Ballet e Dança – Annarella Sánchez, from Leiria, Portugal.
Graduated from the Cuban School of Ballet in Camaguey, Cuba, and specialist in Classical Ballet by the Superior Institute of Art in Cuba, with her diploma recognized by the Superior School of Dance of Lisbon, Portugal, she stands out as a pedagogue in Ballet teaching for children from 6 to 14 years of age.
Following the rigorous ballet practices, of the National Ballet of Cuba, and many hours of dedication to this art, she has got young dancers from Leiria (Portugal) to succeed and to get top places and top prizes in the most prestigious international ballet competitions such as the Dance World Cup, the Youth
American Grand Prix, the Tanzolymp, the South Africa International Ballet Competition and the Varna International Ballet Competition. In addition, her students are regularly invited to participate in Galas and Dance Festivals, sharing the stage with Professional Dancers in different countries such as Spain, Italy, France, Mexico, United States, Cuba, Germany, Romania.
Director Ballet-Academy University of Music and Performing Arts Munich
Place of birth Belgium, Antwerp, Nationality Belgium
School: Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet Antwerp, Belgium
Ballet teacher Diploma of the French State
Dance Prizes Prix de Lausanne 1978; Bruxelles Chausson d’Or; Participation Varna Competition, Bulgaria; Artist of the year Munich 1985
Worked together with: teachers: Raymond Franchetti, Konstantin Chatilov, Alexander Prokofiev, Marika Besobrasova, Terry Westmoreland, Soulamith Messerer, Boris Akimov.
Choreographers: Roland Petit, Flemming Flindt, Ronald Hynd, Jiri Kylian, R. Noureyev, Peter Schaufuss, Ray Barra, Maurice Bejart, Peter Wright, John Cranko
Assistant choreographers : Patricia Neary, Nannette Gluschak, Fabrice Bourgeois.
Dancer : Royal Ballet van Vlaanderen solist 1978-1981
Deutsche Oper Berlin first soloist 1981-1984
Bavarian State Ballet first soloist 1984-1986
Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit Danseur Etoile 1986-2002
Guest Dancer: Teatro alla Scala Milano, ItalyDutch National Ballet Amsterdam, Holland; London Festival Ballet, England; Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Italy; Vienna Festival Ballet, Austria; Teatro Politeamo Palermo, Sicily; Ballet de Nancy, France; Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany; Bavarian State Ballet Munich, Germany; Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Participation on Gala’s: among them the most important
Japan World Ballet Festival; Gala des Etoiles, Canada Montreal; Sylvie Guillem and Friends Gala (Japan tour); Nijinsky Gala, Hamburg Germany; Heinz Bosl Gala, Munich Germany
Television productions: Le Diable Amoureux (with Alessandra Ferri); Gala 25 years Ballet National de Marseille (with Altinai Asylmuratova); Roland Petit tells… (with Lucia Lacarra “Prisoniere”)
Dance teacher: – builded up a Balletschool together with R. Petit (ENSDM);
– 2 years Ecole National superieur de Danse Marseille: boys class (15-18 years); variations and pas de deux of the repertoire; pas de deux class;
– Dance school “Studio Ballet” off Colette Armand in Marsiglia, Francia: classes and preparation for competitions
1995 Jean-Luc Burke (contract with Royal Ballet London)
1997 Fabien Voranger (contract with Wiener Staatsoper and Dresdner Oper)
1997 Veronique Tamacio (contract with Het Nationaal Ballet, Amsterdam)
1998 Laetitia Gucci (Girdano Dance Company New-York,USA Free Lance)
2001 Ludovic Ondiviela (contract with Royal Ballet London)
Louisa Rachedi (contract with National Ballet Canada)
Guest teacher: Teatro Comunale Firenze, Ballet National de Marseille, Bavarian State Ballet Munich, Zürich Oper and different summer courses in the world.
Ballet master: Teatro alla Scala di Milano 2002-2004, Zuercher Opernhaus 2004-2006
Assistent of Roland Petit: responsable for the choreografies and “mise en scene” of following productions: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany Proust ou les Intermittences du Coeur; Kirov Ballet, USSR Le Jeune Homme et la Mort; Carmen; Teatro Politeamo Palermo, Sicily Le Diable amoureux; Tout Satie; Opera de Paris, France Notre Dame de Paris, Clavigo, (a Parigi e per il Festival di Balbeck, Libanon); Carmen; le Jeune Homme et la Mort; Les Forains; Arlesienne; Proust ou les Intermittences du Cœur; Le Rendez-Vous; Ecole Nanterre de l’Opera de Paris Les Forains; Ballet National de Nancy, France Proust ou les Intermittences du Coeur; Teatro Colon, Argentinia Notre Dame de Paris; Teatro Communale de Firenze Tout Satie; Proust ou les Intermittences du Coeur; Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Italy Carmen; Notre Dame de Paris; La Chauve Souris; Asami Maki Ballet, Japan Notre Dame de Paris; Duke Ellington Ballet; Pink Floyd Ballet; Bolchoi Ballet, USSR Notre Dame de Paris; National Ballet China, Peking Pink Floyd Ballet; Aalto Ballett Theater, Essen Coppelia.
2000: creation of the Ballet company « Debout sur la terre » a Marseille
2006: responsable e supervisor of the spanish tour, with the Japanese- Asami Maki Ballet off Tokyo: Pink Floyd Ballet (Gran Canaria, Barcelona, Madrid, Santander, San-Sebastian)
2006-2007: Consultant and director’s assistant for the creation of a Ballet Company in Gran Canaria, “Gran Canaria Ballet”, dipendent of the Filarmonia di Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Espagna.
Since June 2010 Director . Ballet-Academy University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (Ballett-Akademie der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München).
As a Jury member reguraly invited by the most famous Ballet Competitions as:
YAGP, Prix de Lausanne, TanzOlymp Berlin and many other smaller competitions all over the World.
to be continued!