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Event details

  • Wednesday | October 31, 2018 to Sunday | November 4, 2018


  Jason Beechey  
  Jason Beechey trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, Vaganova Ballet Academy and the School of American Ballet. He began his career as a soloist with the London City Ballet, then danced with Charleroi/Danses in Belgium, where he was also a Training Director for the National Choreographic Centre Charleroi/Danses. Mr. Beechey later founded his own studio in Brussels, “The Loft” and created the D.A.N.C.E. Programme, collaborating with William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Frédéric Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj. In 2006 he joined the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden as Rector, initiating the Apprentice Programme with the Semperoper Ballet and Tanzplan Dresden, and building a global network of exchange programs and partner schools. Mr. Beechey is the first speaker of the AKT Conference (Ausbildung Konferenz Tanz), which unites the ten professional dance training Institutions of Germany. He regularly serves as a Jury Member for Youth America Grand Prix and Prix de Lausanne.  
  Paola Cantalupo  
  Artistic Director  
  Paola Cantalupo trained and danced at the Ballet of La Scala in Milan, receiving a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, and a bronze medal at the Jackson International Dance Competition. She then went on to perform with Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century, Hamburg Ballet, the National Ballet of Portugal and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, where she was named ‘Etoile’ and was decorated as a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Culturel of the Principality of Monaco. Following her teacher training at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris (Pantin), she became the artistic director of the Ecole Supérieure de Danse Cannes Rosella Hightower. She also serves on the Artistic Committee of the Prix de Lausanne and is the Vice-President of the Association for Dance Medicine Research (ADMR).  
  Karin Ellis-Wentz  
  Head of Pre-Professional Program  
  Karin Ellis-Wentz began her training at the Marin Ballet School, San Rafael, CA. A two-time semifinalist in the Prix de Lausanne, she was offered a scholarship to the Heinz Bosl Stiftung in Munich, Germany. Ms. Ellis-Wentz danced with Atlanta Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, where she performed for 11 years. Ms. Ellis-Wentz is an ABT® Certified Teacher, having successfully completed all levels of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is also a certified Stott Pilates® instructor. After retiring from the stage, she taught in various programs, including the ABT® Summer Intensive in New York City. Ms. Ellis-Wentz joined the Joffrey Academy faculty in 2013, and was promoted to Head of Pre-Professional Programs in 2016.  
  Jean Yves Esquerre  
  Jean-Yves Esquerre studied at the Mudra school, founded by Maurice Bejart in Belgium. He performed in Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century, John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet and Jiri Kylian’s Nederlands Dans Theater, before becoming ballet master of Le Ballet du Louvre and in 1987 being named Artistic Director of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Mr. Esquerre conducted an artistic evaluation of l’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, the National Ballet School of Canada and the School of Alberta Ballet. In 2014, he was appointed Artistic Director of the National Ballet Academy, the affiliated school of the Dutch National Ballet, directed by Ted Brandsen, with whom he shares the direction of the Junior Company. Mr. Esquerre serves as a juror/chairman in international ballet competitions such as Prix de Lausanne and YAGP.  
  Deborah Hess  
  Senior Faculty  
  A native New Yorker, Deborah Hess studied with Valentina Pereyaslavec and Kathleen Crofton, touring extensively with Rudolf Nureyev, Anna-Marie Holmes and Eva Evdokimova. Upon retirement, Ms. Hess became an internationally respected ballet teacher and coach. She is a senior faculty member of Canada’s National Ballet School, and the coordinator of the School’s Student Exchange Program. Prior, she was a teacher and the Assistant to the Director of the San Francisco Ballet School. She has been a guest teacher across the United States, in Canada and in Europe, and a frequent guest teacher in Japan. Ms. Hess has been on the juries of the International Ballet Student Competition in Havana, Cuba; Beijing Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix, Taiwan Grand Prix and Japan Grand Prix.  
  Luca Masala  
  Artistic Director  
  Luca Masala studied at the School of La Scala in Milan, at the School of American Ballet in New York, and at the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance in Monaco. 
At the age of 17, he joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and later worked for a year with Pierre Lacotte at the Ballet National de Nancy where he performed key roles in Lacotte’s choreographies and those by Antonio Gades, José Limón, Jirí Kylián, Ulysses Dove, and George Balanchine. 
In 1992, Ms. Masala moved to the Wiesbaden Staatstheater in Germany, he also worked with Peter Schaufuss on his Sylphide.
 In 1995, he joined the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich under the direction of Konstanze Vernon as guest soloist dancer and a month later, he became a member of the company. In 2000, he joined Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse, where he became Maître de ballet and assisted many choreographers. In 2009, he was appointed Director of the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco.
  Tadeusz Matacz  
  Tadeusz Matacz, born in Warsaw, Poland, received his ballet education at the State Ballet Academy in Warsaw where he also completed his pedagogical training with Leonid Zhdanov. In 1977 he had his first engagement as a dancer at the Big Theater Warsaw and at the same time worked as a ballet teacher at the ballet school in Warsaw. Mr. Matacz was a Principal Dancer at the Big Theater Warsaw, and a Soloist at the Badische State Theatre in Karlsruhe where he also took on pedagogical commitments, becoming Ballet Master and Choreographer. From 1990 to 1998 he also worked as a Guest Teacher with Ballet Frankfurt, Toulouse Ballet, the Big Theater Warsaw and the Stuttgart Ballet. Since 1999 Tadeusz Matacz has been the Director of the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. He is a juror at many enowned international ballet competitions, including a longtime leadership role on the jury panel at Youth America Grand Prix.  
  Oliver Matz  
  Oliver Matz received his ballet training under the supervision of Professor Martin Puttke at the State Ballet School Berlin. He was appointed first solo dancer in 1985. Mr Matz is the recipient of numerous international honors, performing arts prizes, and critics awards. In 1995, he was awarded the honorary title of “Berliner Kammertänzer,” in recognition of his longstanding services to the performing arts. He is an honorary member of the German State Opera Berlin and one of the internationally most acclaimed German dancers. Mr. Matz’s students have achieved top places and won many prizes at national and international competitions.  
  Lisa Pavane  
  Born in Newcastle, NSW, a student of Tessa Maunder, Lisa joined The Australian Ballet School in 1978 and The Australian Ballet in 1981. Lisa rose swiftly to Soloist in 1983 and Principal Artist in 1986. In 1994 Lisa joined English National Ballet as Senior Principal. Lisa has appeared internationally as guest artist, including with the Boston, Kirov and Birmingham Royal Ballet companies.

Later, Lisa combined work in administration at ENB with further studies. Returning to Australia in 2001, Lisa freelanced and ran a property management business. In 2007 she joined The Australian Ballet School staff and in 2008 became the first graduate of the school’s Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Ballet Instruction. In 2012 Lisa became Head of Student Training, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and gained her Graduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training.

Lisa commenced her tenure as Director of The Australian Ballet School in 2015.

  Marek Rozycki  
  Deputy of the Artistic Leader of Dance Education  
  Marek Rozycki trained at the State Ballet School in Poznań, Poland and began his career with the Polish Dance Theater During a tour to Italy with the Company, Mr. Rozycki received an invitation from Reinhild Hoffmann to work with the Bremer Dance Theatre. He performed wtih Deutsche Oper Berlin Ballet and the Berlin State Opera (Staatsoper Berlin) where he later became Company Ballet Master and Choreographer. Mr. Rozycki then became a Principal Ballet Master and assistant Choreographer to Peter Schaufuss and his dance company, while choreographing and teaching ballet all over Europe and obtaining his Dance Teacher Diploma at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris. He then became a Guest Ballet Master and Professor for classical dance at the Conservatoire National de Région in Strasbourg. Presently, Mr. Rozycki is Deputy Artistic Director with the National Ballet School Berlin, Germany, and acts as judge on several panels of international dance competitions.  
  Mei-fang Lin  
  Aram Manukyan  
  Karine Plantadit  
  Tony Award-nominated Dancer/Actress; former dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  
  Karine Plantadit is a classically-trained dancer and performer. Born in France and raised in Cameroon, she moved to Cannes, France, at age 14 to study dance at the Rosella Hightower School. She subsequently moved to New York City to train with Alvin Ailey, joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company and becoming one its most celebrated dancers. Ms. Plantadit has appeared in Broadway shows including The Lion King, Saturday Night Fever, Movin’ Out, and Come Fly Away, for which she received a 2015 TONY Award nomination. She is in high demand as a master teacher in the United States and abroad, and a veteran YAGP adjudicator and teacher.  
  Gennadi Saveliev  
  Ballet Master  
  Gennadi Saveliev trained with the great master teacher, Pyotr Pestov at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and with Stanley Williams at the School of American Ballet. Mr. Saveliev was a member of Bolshoi Ballet before he joined American Ballet Theatre in 1996, upon winning a Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. In his 16-year tenure with ABT, Mr. Saveliev has toured extensively and appeared as a Guest Artist in galas around the world. In 2000, together with Larissa Saveliev, he co-founded Youth America Grand Prix international student ballet competition. He has taught at The Royal Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Zurich Dance Academy and other prominent dance institutions around the world. He currently serves as a Company Teacher for ABT II, and appears as a Guest Master Teacher in the United States and internationally.  
  Larissa Saveliev  
  Youth America Grand Prix Founder and Artistic Director