International Masterclass Croatia

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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


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…

Olga Pango

(Repertoire & Pointe class)

Artistic director in Macedonian Opera & Ballet

Macedonian dancer, teacher and choreographer. Olga Pango studied  Ballet pedagogy& coreography at AMTY and at the  Academy of music AMTII - Plovdiv (Bulgaria).

Since 2017 Pango is Artistic director of Ballet in Macedonian Opera and Ballet in Skopje.  

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.

Valentin Bartes

(Ballet class & Men technique)


Valentin Bartes is a graduate of the Romanian National Ballet School in Cluj-Napoca in 1993. While still a student, Mr. Bartes had received four Gold Medals at the Romanian National Ballet Competition.
Upon graduation in 1993, Valentin joined Romanian National Theater of Cluj-Napoca as a soloist. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Bartes danced as a soloist with the Croatian National Ballet Theatre in Zagreb, and also performed in Croatian National Ballet Theatre in Spilt. 
In 1996, Mr. Bartes moved to Japan and embarked on a career as an Independent Artist and Choreographer. His repertoire includes leading roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardée, Coppelia, Raymonda, Cinderella, Paquita, Walpurgis Night, Carmen, The Nutcracker, The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, Requiem, Sylvia, La Sylphide, La Esmeralda, Les Patineurs, and many others. In 1999, he received Silver Medal in the Pas de deux Category at Tokyo Shimbun Ballet Competition.
In 2005, Valentin Bartes founded Valentino Dance Center in Tokyo, Japan, an association of professional dancers that offers classes, workshops, and quality dance performances both in Japan and abroad. 
In 2009 Mr. Bartes was appointed Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer of Sibiu Ballet Theatre in Sibiu, Romania. Where he choreographed, and produced numerous productions with a great success.
Many other projects and positions Mr. Bartes held in the past decade are Co-Founder and Choreographer at Interdanza-Giappone Ballet Project in Livorno, Italy,International Youth Ballet Festival Sicily ,Grand Caribbean Ballet Festival,Mexico, International Ballet & Contemporary Dance Festival ,New-Delhi,India,
Permanent Jury Member and Master Teacher at Passion du Ballet a Kyoto Competition in Kyoto, Japan, Founder and Artistic Director of International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition Domenico Modugno and International Ballet Seminar in Bari, Italy.
Mr. Bartes most recent achievements include Choreographer at Vakhtang Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School production of Sleeping Beauty and guest Ballet Master at State Ballet of Georgia in Tbilisi during 2016. Also, he was a guest Ballet Master and Choreographer at Cairo Opera House, Egypt for the production of Coppelia and Gala Performance which include staging of Polovetsian Dances and Samson and Delilah for the company 2015-16 season. Mr. Bartes also was a guest Ballet Master at Ballet de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico during the 2016-17 season. Additionally, in 2017, he choreographed at Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Russia production of Coppelia.
In 2018 guest choreographer at Cairo Opera House, Egypt for the production of “La Bayadere” and guest Ballet Master at Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi.
Besides choreographing and teaching all over the world, Valentin Bartes is currently the President of Bell Art Cultural Association.

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.