Jury, prizes and scholarships - Expression International Dance Competition

Jury preview 2023

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…

ALEN BOTTAINI

Director and founder Bavaria Ballet Academy
A dancer of great virtuosity, a happy fusion between the English and Russian schools, he was born in Tuscany in 1973 from an Italian father and a Scottish mother (teacher and ISTD examiner). He began his education at the family school and at the age of 13 he continued his studies in England at Bush Davies college, brilliantly passing all the ISTD and RAD professional exams in just one year and a half. He enters the Royal Ballet school in London and the following year, on the advice of the great Galina Ulanova, he moves to Russia at the famous Vaganova Academy (Kirov Theater School) in St. Petersburg where two years later he graduates with honors . He completes his studies with a year at the National Canadian Ballet School in Toronto, where he deepens the study of contemporary dance.

Munich, Germany

Summer Intensive Scholarship 2023; study week; direct admission to the Bavaria Ballet Academy
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ALESSIO NATALE

Director of The place dance studio in Madrid.
Choreographer and dancer, trained in the best dance centers in Europe and the United States. Choreographer for numerous events, some of these: Disney, advertising efficiency awards gala at IFEMA (Madrid) and the L'Oreal event (Madrid in collaboration with Madrid Dance Center).

MADRID The place dance studio is located in the heart of the Canillejas neighborhood dedicated to dance and creation.

Summer intensive - 1 month of courses in Madrid (luglio 2023)
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ARBEN GIGA

Choreographer and Creative Director of “Not Just Hip Hop” His career in the performing arts includes over 21 years of performing, choreographing and teaching around the world. Arben is extensively trained in hiphop, house, popping, locking and break dance. 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 his 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. London, UK

The Week, Cesenatico 9 - 16 July • Not Just Hip Hop, London • Dance For Fun, Jesolo - 1 week in July
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GALI KALEF HAYUN

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
She graduated summa cum laude in Advanced Cecchetti Method from the National School of Ballet (NBS) in Toronto, Canada (1988-1991). She has danced professionally with Ballet du Grand Theater in Tours, France under the artistic direction of Jean Christophe Maillot (1991-1992), Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballet in Germany under the direction of David Sutherland (1992-1993), Ballet Staatstheater Hagen in Germany under the direction of Richard Wherlock (1993-1995) and the Lucerne Ballet in Switzerland (1996-1998). She joined Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company under the artistic direction of Rami Be'er (1998-2001) and was Manager Director of Mateh Asher Dance School in Kibbutz Ga'aton before becoming Director of KCDC 2 from 2006 to 2020.

ISRAEL Kibbutz Ga'aton in the western Galilee of northern Israel.

Entrance ticket for a show in Italy. € 200 scholarship for Kibbutz Summer Intensive 2023 in Tel Aviv
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JAY ASOLO

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

Two days of personal intensive training with RETRO KINGS&QUEENS COMPANY and a professional video shoot at the end
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KATEŘINA KRAČMANOVÁ

Director DANCE WITHOUT LIMIT, Czech Republic.
An opportunity to work with world-renowned teachers of contemporary and modern jazz dance.

Prague, Czech Republic

Scholarship for spring intensive - 3 days in Prague (Rep. Ceca) or for summer intensive - 7 days in Humpolec (Rep. Ceca). Focus on Contemporary Dance and Choreographic Composition
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LALA BLHITE

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

The Week, Cesenatico 9 - 16 July • Not Just Hip Hop, London • Dance For Fun, Jesolo - 1 week in July
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MASSIMO GERARDI

Currently rehearsal director at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School.
She begins her dance training in Udine and Reggio Emilia. She then received her first engagements in Italy at the Balletto Comunale in Florence, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, ATERballetto, as well as Balletto di Venezia and later in Germany at the Stadttheater Augsburg. He engaged as a solo dancer at the Nuremberg Ballet, the Dortmund Ballet, the Landestheater Linz and the Staatstheater Oldenburg. He has danced to 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.

Direct acces to privete selections for the Academie from the 3rd to the 5th of May, access to all training included
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MICHAL RYNIA

Artistic director MN Dance Company, Slovenia Dancer of Polish origin and first to be admitted to CODARTS as a hip hop dancer. In hip hop he has won several national championships and the collaboration with the Polish National Theater pushes him to train and continue his professional career in dance. He arrives in Holland and, after studying at CODARTS, begins to work as a teacher in numerous academies and companies. He works with several choreographers and in 2009 he moved to Slovenia with Nastja, thus creating the MN Dance Company, developing their new form of expression, called "Contemporary Fusion". Nova Gorica, Slovenia

MN Dance Company Summer Intensive Program
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MOMO

Professional dancer of HipHop and African dances
Momo John Cedar has been the winner of several competitions such as Jam Contest, Bolo One Move and BlackRoots. He has danced for TV programs such as X Factor, Rai 2 and collaborated with Amazon, Prime Video, Tiktok Italia and Nestlè.

Italy

The Week, Cesenatico 9 - 16 July • Not Just Hip Hop, London • Dance For Fun, Jesolo - 1 week in July
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NANCY KADEL

President of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).
The IADMS is an inclusive worldwide organization for professionals who care for dancers by evolving best practices in dance science, education, research and medical care to support optimal health, wellness, training and performance. Nancy Kadel is an orthopedic surgeon trained at the Harvard Orthopedic Surgical Residency in Boston, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries with an emphasis on foot and ankle problems and in the care of dancers and performing artists. She runs the Seattle Clinic for Performing Artists (COPA) with Dr. Matthew Grierson, MD, and together they also have a free clinic for performing artists under their non-profit SeaPAM (Seattle Dance and Performing Arts Medicine). A former president of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), she teaches and lectures nationally and internationally on dancers' health and wellness, injury prevention, and foot and ankle conditions.

Seattle, Washington (USA)

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NASTJA BREMEC RYNIA

Artistic director MN Dance Company, Slovenia
She is a Slovenian dancer, she trained as a dancer between Slovenia, Italy and Holland, where she graduated from CODARTS in Rotterdam. In Holland she works with numerous choreographers and develops various choreographies herself. She also works as a choreographer at Slovenian National Theater Opera and Ballet of Ljubljana and Slovenian National Theater of Nova Gorica before co-founding MN Dance Company with Michal in 2009, calling their style "Contemporary Fusion".

Nova Gorica, Slovenia

MN Dance Company Summer Intensive Program
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PAULA FONSECA

Director of the Centro Cultural de Belém
She began her artistic career as a freelance professional dancer, after studying ballet with Igor Ivanoff (former Ballet du XXe Siècle dancer) and jazz dance with Rui Horta. She moved into choreography, working for several years for private Portuguese television (choreographing shows such as Man O Man) and commercial events. She has worked as an event organizer for cultural performances, starting her own company, as well as teaching dance classes such as ballet, floor bar, jazz and contemporary dance in Lisbon studios such as 7th Position, Lisbon Dance Company and Pro.Dança. In 2008 she started working in CCB as Stage Manager, evolving to Assistant Director, Operations Coordinator and Performing Arts Director, a position she has held for the last 3 years.

Lisbon, Portugal

The Centro Cultural de Belém offers the chosen artist the opportunity to participate as an observer in the works of the Batsheva company (from 11 to 14 July) and will also be able to participate for free in the Gaga Masterclass held by the Batsheva Company (14 July)
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PETER LEWTON-BRAIN

Scientific director and professor at the Pôle National Supérieur de Danse Rosella Hightower (PNSD) in Cannes.
The Pôle National Supérieur de Danse Rosella Hightower (PNSD) in Cannes opened its doors in September 1961 with the collaboration of former dancers of the Ballets du Marquis De Cuevas. the school becomes a unique training center in the world and is one of the cultural higher education centers accredited by the Ministry of Culture. It trains dancers from the age of 11 with both classical and contemporary culture and offers a diverse education for dance, as well as international dance workshops.

Cannes, France

Spring or summer internship with audition. At the Pôle National Supérieur de Danse Rosella Hightower a campus in Cannes-Mougins entirely dedicated to dance. Students can experience and pursue their dance training and instruction in one fully adapted and secure site.
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THELMA FLORES

International Director Joffrey Ballet School
Originally from Monterrey, Mexico. Flores was formed following various programs such as: Escuela Nacional de Ballet La Habana Cuba, the Italian professional school of dance in Milan, Ballet of Las Americas. He received scholarships from Ballet of Las Americas and Italian professional school of dance. Flores' formation is based both on the Cuban style and on the Royal Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance, where it is certified in Vocation Graded Exams. He was part of Uanl's Scenic Art Company, where he performed in various main roles. He worked with artists such as Maestro Fernando Alonso, Egon Bischoff, Ingeborg Heuser, Elsa Recagno, Dulce Ma. Silvera, Anna Maria Prina and many others.

New York, United States

Intensive Summer Stage Joffrey Ballet School: USA, Mexico, Italy
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Jurors of past editions

ALESSIO CARBONE

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

ANDY LEMOND

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

BRUNO CAPRIOLI

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

CARLOS KAMIZELE

Internationally renowned hip hop dancer, teacher and choreographer

CHRISTIANE BORG MANCHÉ

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

DANIEL AGESILAS

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

DANIELE BALDI

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

ELIZABETH TABERNER

Co-director of Valencia Dancing Forward

EMANUELA TAGLIAVIA

Dancer and choreographer, teacher of contemporary dance.

GEORGINA RIGOLA PEÑA

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

ILENJA ROSSI

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

INNA YURENEVA

Teacher at Greenwich Conservatory Ballet

JAN ÅSTRÖM

Director of Balettakademien Stockholm

JEAN NUNES

Dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Studio Vibes

JP OMARI

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

JUAN POLO COBOS

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

KATHRYN BRADNEY

Director of Prix de Lausanne

KLEDI KADIU

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

LOTTE SIGH

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

LUKA MARIE FRITSCH

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

MACIA DEL PRETE

Danzatrice di fama internazionale e insegnante.

MARCO CHIODO

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

MARIE CHRISTINE MAIGRET DE PRICHES

Director of Dance Area di Ginevra.

MARIE PISKOŘOVÁ VESELÁ

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

MORTEN INNSTRAND

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

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