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Teachers in 2021.

Aleksandr Lukjanov 

(Ballet class)

Artistic director of "Ballet Masterclass" and ballet teacher

 

Aleksandr Lukjanov was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He has trained and worked with the major figures of Russian classical ballet including Denysenko, Dudinskaya, Bregvadze, Semizorova,  

 He was a principal dancer at Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and Northern Ballet  in Manchester, England. He was the first soloist of The State Opera and Ballet "T. Schevchenko" in Kiev and guest soloist at The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, as well as Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.  He was a member of international touring company "International Ballet Stars Berlin" with whom he performed on stages all over Europe and worldwide.  He danced all the leading roles of classical repertoire. Currently he is the artistic director and ballet teacher at IMC. He is frequently invited to give masterclasses in theatres and ballet schools all over Europe. 





Maša Kolar

(Contemporary)

Artistic director of Croatian National Theater in Rijeka


Education: School for Contemporary dance (Zagreb, Croatia)

Vlammse Dansacademie (Brugge, Belgium)

Dancing experience: Ballet Dresden (Germany),

Thoss Tanzkompanie, Quensland ballet (Brisbane, Australia), Aterballet (Italy)

Teaching experience: Dance Academy (Stockholm, Sweden)

Academy for dance (Interlochen, USA), ZKM, (Zagreb, Croatia), Aalto ballett (Essen, Germany)

Choreographic work: "Interval" for National Theater of Serbia (together with Zoran Marković), "Otelo" and "Don Juan" for Bitef Dance Company, three choreographic miniatures for Junior ballet Hamburg, "Pour homme et femme" and "Macbeth" for Croatian National Theater in Rijeka, "Bolero" for Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, "Allegro" for CNT Split.

Since 2017. Kolar is artistic director of Croatian National Theater "Ivan pl.Zajc" in Rijeka.  




Edina Pličanić

(Variations & Pointe class)

Principal ballerina at Croatian National Theatre


Immediately upon graduating from Zagreb ballet school Edina joined Ballet of the Croatian National Theater. In 2000. she is promoted to a soloist, and in 2003. becomes a principal ballerina of the same company. Troughout her career she has worked with many well known choreographers Ted Brandsen, Martino Muller, Hans van Mannen, Nacho Duato, Vasco Welencamp, Renato Zanella, Derek Dean, Dinko Bogdanic, Milko Sparemblek, Kristof Pastor, Edward Clug, Hugo Viera, Leo Mujić as well as danced with some great partners: Roberto Bolle in Swan Lake , Mathieu Ganio and Ronald Savkovic in Nutcracker, Friedemann Vogel and Mihail Kamskin in the The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Eris Nezha in Cinderella, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, Raphael Coumes-Marquet in The Lady of the Camellias.
Her repertoary includes Juliette (Romeo and Juliette), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Nikia/Gamzati (La Bayadere), Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker), Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire), Terphsihora (Apollon Musagete), Sylphida (La Sylphide), Giselle, Mirtha (Giselle), Quitri (Don Quixote), Cinderella ( Cinderella), Swanhilde ( Coppelia), Marguerite Gauthier (The Lady of the Camellias), Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina), Paquita…




Sylvia Tomova
(Variations & Pointe class)
Ballet director at State opera Stara Zagora

Silvia Tomova is graduate of the State Academic Choreography School “A. Y. Vaganova” in Saint Petersburg. Her successful experience as prima ballerina of the National Opera and Ballet-Sofia are in the leading parts of classical and modern ballet works – Odette-Odille (“The Swan Lake”), Mirtha (“Giselle), Marguerita Gotier (“The Lady with Camellias”), Demna (“The Fire-Dancer”), Elina (“The Goat Horn”), Esmeralde (“Notre-Dame de Paris”), Green Game (“Green Game”), Polly (“Boomerang”), King Virgin (“The Fast Horse”) etc.

She appears in TV and Film productions. Laureate of the International ballet competitions in Varian, Osaka, Paris and Moscow. Jury member of Ballet competitions in Dobrich – “Atanas Petrov”, Paris, Luxembourg, Varna and Perm.
Since 1996 she is a Head of the National Committee “Dance Art”-Bulgaria (UNESCO). As Master in Ballet pedagogy she is engaged in teaching at the National School of Dance Art, at the National Academy of Theater and Film Art, at New Bulgarian University. Her students are among the prominent Bulgarian ballet dancers – international prize winners. Between 2003-2007 she is an Artistic Director of the Ballet troupe of the National Opera and Ballet-Sofia. Since 2005 she is an Executive Director of Bulgarian Ballet Association – Sofia. As an Executive Director of the Bulgarian Ballet Association Silvia Tomova organizes different project for giving assistance to the National Ballet Company, encouraging the International cooperation and introducing young artists as well as first appearances of young choreographers, composers and painters. During the period 2009 – 2010 she was artistic director of the Ballet of the Plovdiv State Opera. In the last few years she has been preferred as a guest-coach and choreographer, member of juries at prestigious dance competitions in Italy. Her own choreographies have been highly assessed by audiences and critics – Silvia Tomova is the author and choreographer of the ballet spectacles “Romeo and Juliet” and “Flight to Light” /2014/, the ballet canvases in the opera “Carmen” /2014/, music-and-dance “Requiem” by Mozart /IMF “Mozart Celebrations” /2015/, ballet spectacle “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” /premiere December 2015/ and others. During the period September – October 2016 she staged the ballet “Giselle” in Pristina, Kosovo, where she has often been a guest-choreographer. From September 2013 to October 2016 she led the ballet troupe of the Ruse State Opera, and from November 2016 she has been artistic director of the International Ballet Company of the Stara Zagora State Opera. In 2017 she was awarded the special prize of the Mayor of the Stara Zagora Municipality, Zhivko Todorov, for her exclusive contribution to the development of the ballet art and culture in Stara Zagora. In November 2017 she received the award for her lifetime contribution to the dance art as a ballerina, choreographer and pedagogue, artistic director of the international ballet troupe by Foundation “FINI DANCE” – New York – organizer of the TIRANA DANCE FESTIVAL 2017.

Pavla Pećušak

(Variations & Pointe class)

Principal ballerina in CNT


Pavla finished school for classical ballet in zagreb and Academy for classical ballet in Munich in Mr Prokofiev's class. After finishing school she danced in  Bayerische Staatsballet München and from 2004. she is in Croatian national theatre in zagreb as a principal dancer.

Pavla danced all the major roles of classical repertoire and worked with choreographers such as Mats Ek, John Neumeier, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan, William Forsythe and Jacopo Godani.







Sven Copony

(Contemporary class)

Ballet dancer & Contemporary teacher


Sven started his career in classical ballet rather late at the age of 17, but just two years later he got scholarship for  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München . Soon after graduating he got the contract with the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb. At Zagreb Dance Center Copony teaches a combination of Franklin method, human Kinetics,  Feldenkreis method and classical ballet. His choreographies can often be seen at the ballet competitions. Sven currently teaches at The School for Classical Ballet and Contemporary dance.