Alexander is a People’sArtist of Russia, Professor, member of Moscow Theatre Union, member of the art council of ‘Ballet’ magazine, an honoured figure of art and culture of theKhanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region.
Hehas been awarded with 1 Grade Sergey Diaghilev medal “For Service to the Arts” and received the ‘Knightof Dance’ Prize. The head of the Choreography Department of the Khanty-Mansiysk University of Art and Culture.
AlexanderMuntagirov graduated with honours as a ballet dancer from Perm State College ofChoreography (which has the Badge of Honour) where he was taught byprominent pedagogues and people’s artists: Yuli Plakht, Lev Asaulyak, IgorShapovalov, Lyudmila Sakharova. Muntagirov became the first performer of therole of Ostap Bender in the ballet ‘The Twelve Chairs’ (Ballet Master: A.Petrov, Moscow).
Muntagirov,as one of the stars of Russian ballet, presented Russian choreographic art inmany countries of the world. He was an artistic director of ChelyabinskOpera & Ballet Theatre and a founder of the annual Ekaterina MaksimovaFestival.
Beinghead of the Choreography Department of the Khanty-Mansiysk University of Artand Culture for 12 years he has seen more than 150 graduates of choreographyand dance. The graduates: choreographers, pedagogues, ballet masters and balletartists become the gems of the stages of many Russian Theatres.
Atpresent Alexander Muntagirov is involved a lot in social and charity work andhas his own festival called ‘The Knight of Dance Invites You’. He was the teacher of Vadim Muntagirov ( his son ) who is a PrincipalDancer of the Royal Ballet and one of the best dancers currently performing.
Born in New York City, and having lived in Paris, Geneva and London, Simonetta Barzanti Dixon has been watching ballet in the USA and Europe for 50 years. In addition to performance, she has always been a keen student of ballet history. Simonetta reviews and writes about dance for various websites, served on the dance panel of the Olivier Awards for three years between 2005-2008, has interviewed many famous dancers from the UK and abroad and is the co-founder of BalletcoForum,which has thousands of members all around the world.
Anastasia was born in Moscow. In 1991, she studied at the Moscow College of Choreography (today the Moscow Academy of Choreography), where she was a pupil of Sophia Golovkina and subsequently joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company.
In 1996, she graduated from the performers faculty of the Moscow Academy of Choreography and won 1st prize at the Arabesque Open Competition of Ballet Dancers of Russia, in Perm, and 2nd prize at the Maya International Competition of Ballet Dancers, in Saint-Petersburg.
In 2002, she was awarded the title Merited Artist of the Russian Federation.
Since 2012 she has been a teacher-repetiteur at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Alexander Zaitsev, born in Moscow, Russia, was trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School. In 1992, he graduated and had his first engagement with the Bolshoi Ballet under the direction of Juri Grigorovich. During this time, he danced with the company on tours all around the world.
In 1995 he danced with the State Opera Dresden for one season and in 1996 he joined the Stuttgart Ballet. In 1997 Alexander Zaitsev received his Pedagogical Diploma of the Moscow Choreography Academy. In January 1999, he was promoted to Soloist with the Stuttgart Ballet, and then to Principal Dancer.
And has been a guest artist with the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, with Tokyo Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Korean National Ballet, with Marcia Haydées Ballet de Santiago de Chile, Latvian Ballet Theater in Riga, Estonian Ballet in Tallinn, and with the Leipzig Ballett.
Roberta Marquez was born in Brazil and trained at the Maria Olenewa State Dance School, taught by local teachers and guest teachers from the Kirov Ballet. In 1994 she joined the Municipal Theatre Ballet and was promoted to Principal in 2002. Roles with the company included Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Swanilda (Coppélia) and Giselle. Guest appearances from this time included dancing as Nikiya with American Ballet Theatre.
She is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a Principal in 2004 and left in 2015. Her Royal Ballet repertory included Nikiya (La Bayadère), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Juliet, Tatiana (Onegin) and the Firebird. She returns in the 2016/17 Season as a Guest Artist.
Marquez’s many prizes include Best Dancer of the Year at the 2001 Rio de Janeiro Dance Awards and silver medal and best couple (with Royal Ballet Principal Thiago Soares) at the 2001 Moscow International Ballet Competition. In spring 2013 she participated in a Royal Opera House project to forge new links with Brazil through performance, education work and skills training.
Isabelle was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France. In 1988, age 16, she won First Prize at the Paris Conservatoire and subsequently entered the Paris Opera Ballet School. She joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 1990 and was promoted to Premiére Danseuse in 2003. She was made an Etoile in 2009. Since retiring in 2014 from the company she has devoted most of her time to teaching.
Her repertoire includes the main roles in Giselle and La Sylphide, Nikaya in La Bayadere and the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote. She was one of the sisters in Nureyev's Cinderella, Marguerite in La Dame aux Camélias by John Neumeier and danced the pas de deux in Jerome Robbin's Glass Pieces. Furthermore, she has danced George Balanchine's work including Jewels, The Four Tempraments and Serenade. Also she has danced ballets by William Forsythe, John Cranko, Jiří Kylián, Serge Lifar and Kenneth MacMillan's Manon. She was also awarded Chevalier des arts et des lettres and in 2012 Chevalier de la légion d'honneur.
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