Jury, prizes and scholarships - Expression International Dance Competition

Jury preview 2024

Expression International Dance Competition Jury is made up of teachers, choreographers, dancers and international dance schools and associations, who will evaluate technique, dance composition, choreography and ability showed on stage, discovering talented dancers.

The list of jurors is being updated…


Artistic Director - DAP Festival Danza in Arte in Pietrasanta International dance festival A renowned figure in the world of contemporary dance, she has performed iconic solo roles in Graham's repertoire and has been mentored by illustrious mentors such as Martha Graham herself, Pearl Lang and Yuriko Kikuchi. He has collaborated with internationally renowned institutions, including the Dutch National Ballet, the Boston Conservatory, the Royal Danish Ballet School, the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the University College of Dance Stockholm, the Montgomery Ballet, the Alabama River Region Ballet and Troy University. She was awarded the Nijinsky Prize as best dancer and choreographer at the Kiev National Opera. Since 2017 she has founded and directed the DAP Festival Danza in Arte in Pietrasanta, an event that highlights the connection between contemporary dance and the Visual Arts, hosted in theaters and artistic venues in the city. Italy

Scholarship for a full day at the DAP Festival: includes the free ticket for the evening show and the daily masterclasses at the Festival, with one lesson in Classical, one in Contemporary and one in complementary disciplines



Choreographer and principal dancer of Oniin Dance Company He plays the role of soloist in the temples of Italian opera in works such as Turandot, Mefistofele, Barbiere di Siviglia. In 1999 he joined, as a solo dancer, the "Compagnia Zappalà Danza" - ex Balletto di Sicilia, a company that enjoys its own contemporary dance repertoire and its own style, so much so that it is considered one of the most important realities on the scene italian dance. In 2012 he was called to collaborate by the artistic direction of the dance section Daniela Rapisarda as choreographer and principal dancer of the stable contemporary dance company Oniin Dance Company. He currently works in New York at the Peridance Center and the White Wave Dance Company. New York, United States

1) 100% scholarships from Oniin Dance Company, which will give access to six workshops held by choreographers Daniela Rapisarda and Alessandro Vacca. 2) “Global Summer Dance Intensive” Peridance New York - value $300 3) “PCDC Summer Intensive” Peridance New York - value $200 4) 50% for the two-year “MoDem Atelier” course at the Scenario Pubblico theater in Catania



Choreographer and Creative Director of "Not Just Hip Hop" London, UK. His performing arts career includes over 21 years of performing, choreographing and teaching around the world. Arben is extensively trained in hiphop, house, popping, locking and break dancing. In addition to this versatile portfolio, he is also trained in Afrobeats, traditional African dances and contemporary dance. He has worked with Kylie Minogue, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Amii Stewart, Mika, Pharrell Williams, Coldplay, LMFAO to name a few. Some of its ongoing brand partnerships are with Tiktok UK, Likee in the US, Amazon Prime UK, Hydrate UK, JD sport UK and Nike UK. His past collaborations have been with MTV, CocaCola, Nike IT, Puma, Citroën and Step Up 4. He was also the official dancer and choreographer of "Just Dance" - a movement-based dance video game in 2012-14. And soon on the big screens in the film "Wicked" soon in cinemas.

1) 2 scholarships for “Performance Intensive Program” - 5 weekly workshops from the 8th of September to the 6th of October; 2) 2 scholarships for “Not Just Hip Hop - Convention” - a 3-days convention in Albania, with international teachers, from the 19th to the 21st of July



Artistic director and choreographer of the Oniin Dance Company She specializes in contemporary after having obtained a diploma in classical dance at the D.A.I. in London. (Dance Art International). From 2012 to 2014 he held the position of artistic director of dance at the "Teatro delle Celebrazioni" in Bologna (Italy) where he established: Binario 234 2012 International contemporary dance festival, Celebrations in Dance 2012/2013 international dance competition, Oniin Dance Company 2012 contemporary dance company of which she is artistic director and choreographer. Her company becomes one of the most innovative contemporary European realities for national and international critics. She currently works in New York at the Peridance Center and the White Wave Dance Company. New York, United States

1) 100% scholarships from Oniin Dance Company, which will give access to six workshops held by choreographers Daniela Rapisarda and Alessandro Vacca. 2) “Global Summer Dance Intensive” Peridance New York - value $300 3) “PCDC Summer Intensive” Peridance New York - value $200 4) 50% for the two-year “MoDem Atelier” course at the Scenario Pubblico theater in Catania



Enej Jurečič comes from Ljubljana (Slovenia) and is part of the artistic couple EZtwins, known for talent and charisma. Their dance artistry is recognized and appreciated globally. They have held workshops in various countries around the world, including: Germany (Urban Dance Camp), Poland (Fair Play Dance Camp), Croatia (Beat Camp), Belgium (BC Camp), Spain (Yes We Dance Camp), China, Panama, Costa Rica, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Israel, Russia, Italy, Estonia, France, UK, Portugal and most European countries. In 2018 they performed and co-choreographed World Of Dance TVshow third season (L.A.). They have also performed on world stages with the likes of Dua Lipa, Anne Marie, Inna, Xia and Helene Fischer. Last but not least, they have choreographed for 15 different Kpop artists such as TVXQ, LAY, NCT 127, GOT7, SKZ and more.



Director and choreographer of the Company I Funamboli of Paris Trained at the Ballets de Toscane in Florence, Fabio Crestale continued to perfect himself in international centers such as Steps and Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York, the Columbus in Zurich and the Laban Center in London. He played the role of the father in «Sleeping Beauty» by Mats Ek for the Eko Dance Project company. He also danced at the Opéra National de Paris in the ballets «Boléro» by Maurice Béjart, «La Source» by Jean-Guillaume Bart. He dances «The Firebird» as a guest soloist of the Mandala Dance Company of Rome, Création Versace, choreography by Karolin Armitage, «Le Rouge et le Noir» by Pierre Lacotte, «Forza del Destino» by Terry John Bates. At the cinema he choreographs «Let's Dance» directed by Ladislas Cholla and «Tout Simply Noir» directed by Jean-Pascal Zadi and John Wax. He signs the choreography and dances in the film «Jalouse» directed by David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos. And he dances in the new film by Olivier Assayas with choreography by Angelin Preljlocaj.

Scholarship for Atelier Paris&Italie, July 2024



Professional dancer and choreographer - RETRO KINGS&QUEENS COMPANY of Dublin.
In Ireland he specializes in Hip Hop Afro Dance A highly regarded dancer, choreographer and teacher, he coaches hip-hop competition crews and artists such as Boyzone’s Ronan Keating and Mikey Graham, as well as choreographing for the “Ryan Tubridy TV Show”.

Dublin, Ireland

Summer Hiphop intensive in Dublin (August 24 and 25, 2024) with the pioneers of Hip Hop: Buddha Stretch and other international highlights



Laura Ferretti is mainly known for having worked on the production of the international video game "Just Dance" by Ubisoft as a choreographer and dancer, a profession that she still carries out in parallel with her work in the audiovisual and cinematographic fields as an author, screenwriter, actress, director and producer. You have worked for various artists, brands and companies, including: LMFAO, Amii Stewart, Fedez, Fabri Fibra, Lodovica Comello, Samuel Heron, Amscat; Citroen, BMW, Coca Cola, Crodino, Tezenis, RDS tour “Step Up 4” Flashmob, Game Stop, Lucca Comics, Games Week, The Week, Dance Plus, Macron, etc… Among the television programmes: La Pista - Rai 1 - Dance Show MTV - Do you want to dance with me - Rai 1 - “JUST DANCE World Tour” - MTV & Nickleodeon. Italy

FOR UNDER 16 (pre academic): • 5 100% scholarships valid for 1 week of lessons at Academy of Excellence (Forlì) FOR OVER 16: • 10 invitations / certificate to participate in the audition • 1 scholarship worth 100% for the annual course (to benefit from this scholarship the following requirements must be met: - Participate in an audition date Saturday 23 March 2024 - Saturday 15 June 2024 - Saturday 21 September 2024 with passing of the test - The scholarship is valid for the academic year 2024/2025)



Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University of London. Head of the iBSC Sports and Exercise Medicine Program. Dr. Manuela Angioi, MSc PhD FHEA FIADMS is a senior lecturer in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the Center for Sports and Activity Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, where she is Program Leader of the IBSc degree in Sports Medicine and of physical exercise. You have worked with professional and non-professional dancers and circus performers, studying the effects of increased fitness levels on performance and injury epidemiology. Manuela provides research consultancy and support to professional dance schools, including the Royal Ballet School and the English National Ballet School. She has been part of the IADMS research committee since 2014 and was recently awarded the prestigious title of Fellow of the IADMS. She sits on the IADMS Board of Directors (2023-25).

Complimentary annual membership to IADMS



Choreographer, video maker and director. Director of Dance at the National Opera in Zagreb.
Massimiliano Volpini began his career as a dancer working for the Venice Ballet, the Arena of Verona, the Comunale of Florence, the Massimo of Palermo, the Ljubljana Opera and the Teatro alla Scala. He has created choreographies for the Teatro alla Scala, the Tulsa Ballet, the Zagreb Opera, the New York Choreographic Institute, the Rome Ballet, the Regio di Torino and the Rome Opera. In 2000 he began a long and intense collaboration with Roberto Bolle for whom he created many ballets staged all over the world. He created the dances for the New Year's Eve concerts at the Fenice in Venice in 2015 and 2016 and in 2018 he choreographed the mega-concert of the Notte della Taranta, in front of an audience of over 150,000 people. He creates the choreographies of some operas directed by Marco Bellocchio (Andrea Chenier), Peter Stein (Aida and Don Carlos), Valentina Carrasco (Carmen, La Muta di Portici, I Vespri Siciliani, Aida, La favorite).



Currently rehearsal director at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School.
She began her dance training in Udine and Reggio Emilia. She then received her first engagements in Italy at the Balletto Comunale di Firenze, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, ATERballetto, as well as Balletto di Venezia and later in Germany at the Stadttheater Augsburg. He worked as a solo dancer at the Nuremberg Ballet, the Dortmund Ballet, the Landestheater Linz and the Staatstheater Oldenburg. He has danced in pieces by renowned choreographers such as Birgit Cullberg, William Forsythe, Rui Horta, Amanda Miller, Jacopo Godani, Jean Renshaw, Robert Poole, Martin Stiefermann, Jenny Coogan, Gregor Zöllig, Antonio Gomes, David Sutherland, Amedeo Amodio, and others.

VIENNA The Ballettakademie der Wiener Staatsoper, the ballet school of the Vienna State Opera.

Invitation for male students for a free 3-day workshop at the Vienna Opera Academy with the chance of attending an audition for regular courses



Founder and director of Project Breakalign, an international research project on injury prevention for dancers, with expertise in hip hop dancers and breakers. Furthermore, she is a dancer and choreographer and received the 2018 Sports Therapist of the Year award from the International Federation of Holistic therapists. She has taught in dance schools and universities since 2006 in Greece, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and has lectured in Europe, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. She is the organizer of the Dance Science Conference in Cyprus since 2018. Nefeli is also a Judge Adjudicator for WDSF Breaking for Gold, certified in the Threefold and Level A judging systems and a scientific collaborator at the Medical School of the European University of Cyprus. Since 2022 she has been the health coordinator for the Cypriot Federation of Social and Sports Dance.

N° 2 scholarships for the online course: 14 Styles of Footwork (from Bboy Bgirl Dojo)



He trained and graduated at the Scala Theater School in Milan under the direction of Anna Prina and at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. She danced in the company of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Italy) under the direction of Patricia Neary and the Zurich Opera (Switzerland) under the direction of Uwe Scholz. Subsequently he was engaged as a soloist at the Semperoper in Dresden (Germany) under the direction of Vladimir Derevianko. He worked as a ballet teacher at the Basel Theater Ballet Academy (Switzerland) under the direction of Amanda Bennett and with the Basel Theater ballet company, directed by Richard Wherlock. He completed his training as a ballet teacher through the Teaching Program at the National Ballet School in Toronto (Canada) under the direction of Mavis Staines. Since 2011 he has been a member of the artistic jury of the Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland). Since 2006 he has been working at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart under the direction of Tadeusz Matacz.

Short Term Scholarship: the student is invited to the John Cranko School for a week and will be able to participate in one or two classes per day



Rehearsal director Akram Khan Company Rehearsal director of one of the most prestigious contemporary dance companies, Akram Khan Company, Nico Monaco has been working as a dancer and choreographer in Italy and abroad for 20 years now. In 2001 he attended the AterBalletto professional course under the direction of Mauro Bigonzetti. After working with Emio Greco in his Dutch company, in 2009 he moved to London where he continues to grow and engage with various international artistic realities such as Akram Khan, Gregory Maquoma, Tom Dale, The Featherstonehaughts and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. In 2012 he worked as rehearsal director for Zfin Malta Dance Ensemble. Since 2013 he has worked with Akram Khan Company as a dancer, assistant choreographer and rehearsal director, restaging and taking various productions on international tours.

N°1 or 2 - Scholarship to follow the Akram Khan Company from 19 to 21 April at the Teatro della Tosse in Genoa, where the company will perform with Chotto Desh. The winner will be able to follow the lessons, rehearsals and the show.
Alex Atzewi's APAD grants 3 scholarships: - 1 100% scholarship for the whole year; - 3 100% scholarships for one week per month for the whole year; - 3 100% scholarships for 1 week during the year



Movement Artist, Choreographer and Educator Ofelia Balogun graduated in Social Sciences with a focus in Anthropology, Sociology and Theatre, she furthers her studies at Irie! Dance Theater | Roehampton University of London obtaining a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Diverse Dance Styles. Present as Youth ambassador at the International Culture Summit in Edinburgh (2022) for culture education, her practice supports refugee women organizations, institutes for education and training based on psycho-corporeal practices and the deconstruction of introjected prejudice. You currently hold the role of Artistic Direction Assistant at the IRIE company! Dance Theater of London.

Summer Intensive in London with Ofelia Omoyele Balogun and IRIE!Dance Theatre


Jurors of past editions


Director and founder Bavaria Ballet Academy


Principal Dancer of Opera Des Paris and director Company Les Italiens De L'Opera


Director of The place dance studio in Madrid.


Choreographer of the Dance Academy in Toronto and for many companies. Founder of the Broadway Academy of Dance and organizer of the International Dance Camp Festival in Germany


Director at "Horizons" company, Dance Modern Jazz teacher and Director of professional training of dancers at Millenium Dance Center


Internationally renowned hip hop dancer, teacher and choreographer


Founder and Director of Living Dance; Incite Motion School of Dance Director; RAD teacher , CPD's mentor and ambassador


Famed international Dancer and choreographer and former director of choreographic studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris.


Hip Hop Choreographer. Hip Hop Teacher in popular tv show and dance school "Amici", Director of Eschilo1 Dance in Rome


Co-director of Valencia Dancing Forward


Dancer and choreographer, teacher of contemporary dance.


Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company


Teacher and choreographer, founder and artistic director of Barcelona Dance Center, BCN CITY BALLET and of Certamen Internacional de Danza Ciutat de Barcelona


Guest dancer in the Black Clubs in Italy and abroad. Teacher and choreographer.


Teacher at Greenwich Conservatory Ballet


Director of Balettakademien Stockholm


Dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Studio Vibes


Hip Hop teacher and choreographer, founder of the school Streetfunk in Brighton.


Teacher for Real Conservatorio Profesional De Danza Mariemma and teacher for Adams Valencia


Director DANCE WITHOUT LIMIT, Czech Republic.


Director of Prix de Lausanne


Popular dancer on italian TV and in theatres, teacher and founder of the School Kledi Dance.


Choreographer and artistic director of Copenhagen Dance Arts, Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School and affiliated with the Royal Danish Ballet since 2005.


Choreographer of PAN.OPTIKUM, that connect Urban Dance with Theatrical Performance


Danzatrice di fama internazionale e insegnante.


Dancer, choreographer, director and ballet leader for Notre Dame de Paris


Director of Dance Area di Ginevra.


Choreographer and artistic director of the workshop Tanec Bez Hranic - Praga


Artistic director MN Dance Company, Slovenia


Professional dancer of HipHop and African dances


Choreographer and artistic director of Copenhagen Dance Arts, Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School and artistic director od Royal Danish Ballet School- Odense


Choreographer and Broadway Dance Center's official italian referent, teacher and talent scout for Dance Theatre USA International.


President of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS)


Artistic director MN Dance Company, Slovenia


Director of the Centro Cultural de Belém, Portugal


Scientific director and professor at the Pôle National Supérieur de Danse Rosella Hightower (PNSD) in Cannes.


International teacher and choreographer. Teacher at Ent'artes escola de dança, Portugal.


Talent Scout, Choreographer, Coach (Cirque du Soleil, Choreography Online, I-Path)


International modern teacher and choreographer


Choreographer at Balet Nacional de España and Director of Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza “Mariemma”


Composer, musician and performer


Director of SEAD - Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance


Teacher, examiner and trustee of Russian Ballet Society.


International Director Joffrey Ballet School


Co-director of The Ailey School in New York and a choreographer and consultant for the television series Pose.

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