18 - 30 July 2022

Ballet Masterclass Croatia

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Teachers in 2022.

Olga Golitsa

(Variations and Pointe class)

Principal dancer at National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine, Kiev


Olga graduated from Kiev Choreographic Academy in 2006.

She received higher education at the Kiev Faculty of Choreography, earning a degree in classical choreography, teacher of professional disciplines. 

Dancing career:

Immediately upon graduating, Golitsa became a member of National opera of Ukraine, where she currently holds a position of Principal dancer.

Her repertoire includes:

"The Nutcracker",  Clara

"Snow White", Snow White

"Swan Lake", Odette, Odile

"Romeo and Juliet", Juliet

"Sleeping beauty", Aurora, Brilliant

"Raymonda", Raymonda

"Bayadera", Nikia, Gamzatti

"Don Quixote", Kitri

"Gizelle", Gizelle

"Spartacus", Frigia

"Coppelia", Svanilda

"Legend of love", Shirin

"Shopeniana", Prelude, 11 waltz

"Marriage of Figaro", Suzanna

"Bolero", Girl in white


First prix of competition "Youth of the ballet", (2001)

Third prix of competition "Artec", (2002)

First prix of competition "Serge Lifar se la dance", (2004)

Third prix of competition "Vaganova prix", (2006)

Prix name of Shekera, (2011)

Prix of excellence "Teatro Greco Festival", Italy (2017)

Olga Golitsa is an honored artist of Ukraine. 

Aleksandr Lukjanov 

(Ballet class)

Artistic director of "Ballet Masterclass" and ballet teacher


Aleksandr Lukjanov was born in Kiev, Ukraine, where he finished Kiev state ballet school. After graduation he attended Vaganova academy in St.Petersburg with purpose of perfecting his technique. He has trained and worked with the major figures of Russian classical ballet including Denysenko, Dudinskaya and Bregvadze.   

 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 who 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.  

George Stanciu

(Ballet class, Technique, Pas de deux)

Principal dancer

Born in 1982. in Iasa, Romania. George received ballet education in Kiev state ballet school. Immediately after graduation he got a contract with Croatian National Theater in Zagreb. He was promoted to principal dancer in 2008. During his career Stanciu worked with some of the most prominent choreographers: Nacho Duato, Derek Dean, Vasco Wellenkamp, Edvard Clug, Renato Zanella, Giorgio Madia, Vladimir Malakhov, Patrice Bart and many more.

His roles include: Romeo, Mercuzio (Romeo & Juliet), Basilio, Espado (Don Quijote), Solor (La Bayadere), Benno (Swan lake), Prince (Nutcracker), James (La Sylphide), Franz (Coppelia at Montmartre) etc.

Zoya Dolgikh

(Classical ballet, Pointe, Variations)

Ballet teacher

Zoya Dolgikh is Ukrainian ballet teacher and former ballet artist in Ukrainian National Opera and Ballet "T.Schevchenko". Soon after graduating from Vaganova Academy in St.Petersburg, Zoya joined National Ballet and the next 24 years she performed as a higher level ballet artist.

In 1984. she graduated from Kiev University and in 2014. she graduated from Kiev national University for Theater and Cinema as a director of classical ballet. 

Zoya is a guest teacher in S.Korea, Japan and China.  

Her students have achieved success in many competitions and festivals with very successful careers in ballet. 

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…

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.