A former principal with the Bucharest National Opera, a ballet master and head of the ballet company of BNO, as well as a manager of the ballet company of the „Ion Dacian” National Operetta and Musical Theatre in Bucharest, Alin Gheorghiu is curently an artistic advisor for the ballet company of ther BNO. Along his outstanding career he won numerous prizes and awards, was a guest artist with major theatres around the world and a member of the Judges in international competitions. As a teacher, he was invited to hold worshops for ballet schools in Romania, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. In 2004 he became a Knight of the Romanian Cultural Merit Order.
International Dance Photographer Nikki Roberts (Nikita Alba), owner of “Nikita Alba Photography” is a trained dancer and now an award-winning dance photographer working with Dancers and leading dancewear brands across the UK & Europe. Nikki’s highly acclaimed work has been published in Dancing Times, Dance Europe, Inside Dance Magazine and many other leading dance publications worldwide. Her ability to capture movement and emotion in a still image whilst paying attention to correct lines and technique defines her photographic style. Most recently Nikita Alba was awarded 1st prize winner of Ballet Magazine Romania’s ‘Photographer of the Year’. Nikki is delighted to be on the next instalment judging panel and excited to see all the beautiful “ballerinas in red” entries!
Lorenzo Gatto has turned his passion for photography into a profession in 2006, when he started work as a photographer for a dance company. Since 2009 he has collaborated with the Omonia Contemporary Arts dance company. He has artistic projects with various dancers and choreographers of the Italian contemporary scene. His focus on the contemporary dance led him to produce projects in which dance has been photographed on the streets of Palermo. Since 2015 three photographic works are on permanent display at the Roberto Bilotti Ruggi d’Aragona museum and since 2017 at the MACS contemporary art museum. In 2010 Lorenzo Gatto founded Palermo Photo World.
International ballet photographer based in Moscow, Russia. Since 2016, Daria has been shooting only ballet. She works with artists from the best theaters in the world, including the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg. Daria is also trusted to take photographs of the students of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Vaganova Academy. She has done a lot of shooting in Europe (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Finland, Armenia, Georgia). In her works, she underlines the grace of the ballerina's lines, as well as the lightness and romanticism of ballet.
Manuela Ardelean, first principal dancer of the Romanian National Opera Timișoara ballet company, has started ballet at a very young age. She felt in love with it, wanting to become a real ballerina! Her dream came true after she finished high-school at the Art College "Ion Vidu" and start dancing at the Romanian National Opera House from Timișoara in 2002. In 2008 after 6 years of experience in the theater and in a lot of tours around the world, she became a principal ballerina! She has performed many roles in both classic and modern performances like: Giselle, Bayadere, Swan Lake, Ondine, Dancing Queen and many others which made she grow and develop hisself as a person and as a ballet dancer. She also teaches ballet for a couple of years and has a college degree in Economics Science in 2009 and a Master degree in Tourism Management.
Artist of the The Royal Danish Ballet, Marina Minoiu was born and trained in Bucharest. She was a 1st Soloist with the National Bucharest Opera until 2016. Her repertoire included the principal roles in K.MacMillan’s “Manon”,Sir F.Ashton’s “La fille mal gardee”, “Marguerite and Armand”, “The Dream”, J.Kobborg’s “La Sylphide” and so on. Since 2016 she is an Artist with The Royal Danish Ballet. Her repertoire includes parts in productions by A. Bournonville, N. Hubbe, C. Wheeldon,G.Dean, J. Kylian and others. Marina Minoiu was nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer in 2015 for her role as “ Marguerite” in Frederick Ashton's "Marguerite and Armand" by Dance Europe, one of the most important international dance magazines.
After having graduated from the State Ballet School in Bucharest, studied languages at the University, got a Master’s degree in cultural management in France and a doctor’s degree in Theatrology, Vivia Săndulescu-Dutton shared her activities between teaching and writing. She has been teaching a variety of subjects related to dance in schools and universities in Bucharest, Constanta and Iassy, and has translated books from English and French. She also works extensively as a ballet critic and historian, as materialized in books such as „Choreographic records. The Ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera”, „Six decades of ballet at the Iassy Romanian Opera”, and the articles collection „Pixels on the dance screen”.
Lorelei Bari is the International Artistic Director of the Dance World Cup Competition (DWC) and founder of the “La Sylphide Academic Ballet School” Ballet Academy. On her prestigious career as an International dance artist and practitioner, Lorelei has presented ballet and repertoire master classes and residencies all over the world. For her work Mrs Bari’s has received many national & international awards; among them: in 2022 – “Outstanding teacher Award”, awarded by the jury of Youth America Grand Prix; in 2018 – “Excellence Award”, offered by the Union of the Choreography Arts Romania; in 2015 – “Great pedagogic work”, awarded by the European Dance Union during the competition Dance Star, and “Best teacher Award”, offered by the World Ballet Competition, in 2014.