Summer
Intensive 2021

Guest Teachers

 

Sofia

Gumerova

 

• Honoured Artist of Russia (2010)

Born in Moscow.
Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 1995.
With the Mariinsky Ballet from 1995 to 2020.

Repertoire includes:
La Sylphide (Sylph); choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen,
Giselle (Giselle, Monna, Myrtha); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa,
Le Corsaire (Medora, Odalisques’ Pas de trois); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography by Marius Petipa,
La Bayadère (Nikia, Grand pas, Shadows’ Pas de trois); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani,
Grand pas from Paquita (variation); choreography by Marius Petipa,
The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Candide Fairy, Princess Florine); choreography by Marius Petipa, revival of the 1890 production,
The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Florine); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Swan Lake (Odette-Odile, Swans); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Raymonda (Raymonda, Clemance, Grand pas); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Don Quixote (Kitri, Street Dancer, Queen of the Dryads); choreography by Alexander Gorsky,
Michel Fokine’s ballets The Dying Swan, Chopiniana (Prelude, Mazurka, Nocturne, First Waltz), The Firebird (the Firebird) and Schéhérazade (Zobeide),
Les Noces (the Bride); choreography by Bronislava Nijinska,
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Zarema, Young women); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov,
Spartacus (Phrygia); choreography by Leonid Yakobson,
The Legend of Love (Mekhmeneh Bahnu); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich,
Carmen suite (Carmen); choreography by Alberto Alonso,
George Balanchine’s ballets Apollo (Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Calliope), Prodigal Son (the Siren), Serenade, The Four Temperaments, Symphony in C (I. Allegro vivo), Theme and Variations, La Valse, Jewels (Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds), Scotch Symphony and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena),
In the Night; choreography by Jerome Robbins,
Le Jeune homme et la mort; choreography by Roland Petit,
Sylvia (Diana); choreography by Frederick Ashton,
Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets Cinderella (Stepmother, Female Dance), Le Poème de l’extase, Anna Karenina (Princess Betsy) and The Little Humpbacked Horse (Mare, Sea Mare),
Dolce, con fuoco; choreography by Svetlana Anufrieva,
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; choreography by William Forsythe,
Presentiment of Spring (Winter); choreography by Yuri Smekalov.

Repertoire also includes:
Ondine (Queen of the Sea); choreography by Pierre Lacotte,
Reverence; choreography by David Dawson,
the duet from the ballet The Ghostly Ball; choreography by Dmitry Bryantsev,
Goya-Divertissement (Duchess of Alba); choreography by José Antonio,
Like an Old Organ Grinder; choreography by Alexei Miroshnichenko,
Pas de quatre (Carlotta Grisi, Lucile Grahn); choreography by Anton Dolin
and Euphoria; choreography by Nikita Dmitrievsky. and Euphoria; choreography by Nikita Dmitrievsky.

 

Luca
Cesa

The rising star of international dance. Italian interpreter for the "Prix de Lausanne" international competition for young people dancers.

 

Despite his international commitments, he is a guest teacher in many Italian and non-Italian dance schools. A career full of satisfactions for Luca despite his very young age.

He began his classical and contemporary preparation at the age of 10 at the "Centro Dance Body Line" directed by Giusy Criscitiello. In 2010, at age 17, in Rome he won the prize for best interpreter and it was there that same year Cristina Bozzolini Director of the "Aterballetto and the" Ballet of Tuscany "offers him a scholarship to enter in the high school in Florence.

 

In 2011, given her praiseworthy abilities, the Director invited him to be part of the company itself, then becoming a classical dance assistant of M.Eugenio Scigliano for the high school courses Del Balletto di Toscana ".
 

He immediately takes part in the dance corps and the repertoire productions. Shortly thereafter he was immediately noticed by the choreographer Fabrizio Monteverde who chooses him for "La Boule de Neige" in the role of Gerard thus becoming a soloist. In subsequent years
plays the best roles, like Albrecht in "Giselle" by E.Scigliano, Paride in "Romeo e Giulietta" by Davide Bombana and finds himself working with the best choreographers of the moment.

 

He is invited to numerous festivals and since 2014 he collaborates with
the "Dance Cyprus" company as a guest dancer.
 

Since 2016 he has been a dancer of "Ballet Preljocaj", one of the most important contemporary dance companies in the world.
During his training as a dancer he feels the desire to develop his choreographic skills and here he is a work as a young choreographer is commissioned in Vienna where he creates "Sturm und Drang" a step up two music by Chopin for Europe Ballet where he gets the best criticism. 

 

Yevgeniy
Kolesnyk

Yevgeniy was accepted into the Ukrainian National Ballet School at the age of 10 and trained there until he was invited to join The Kiev Ballet as corps de ballet at the age of 18. He was promoted directly to Principal dancer two seasons later and danced the full range of main roles in classical and contemporary ballets.

Yevgeniy came to the Royal Ballet of Flanders as a half soloist in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2002, first soloist in 2005, and has been promoted to principal as of 2013. As a dancer he has enjoyed working with such choreographers as Kylian, Balanchine, Haydée, Forsythe, Elo, Spuck, Godani, Fonte, Dawson, McGregor and many others. He has been awarded three gold medals, “Best Dancer” and best solo at international ballet competitions in Brazil, Russia and the Ukraine.

As a choreographer Yevgeniy has created 6 pieces for the Royal Ballet of Flander’s annual choreography workshop Coupe Maison, two of which have been accepted into the International Choreography Competitions in Copenhagen and Moscow.

 
 
 

Rafi
Sady

Rafi Sady was trained at The Bat-Dor Beer-Sheva/Tel-Aviv school of Dance, Israel.

He was a member of the Cullberg Ballet for 14 years where he danced many lead roles, including Carabosse in Mats Ek's "Sleeping Beauty", Don José in Mats Ek's "Carmen" and Romeo in Birgit Cullberg's "Romeo and Juliet".He has worked with many world-known choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Jirí Kylián, Christopher Bruce, Oscar Araiz, Rudi van Dantzig, Didy Veldman, Robert North, and Kenneth Kvarnstrom to name a few.Before joining Cullberg, Rafi was a soloist at the Bat-Dor Dance company in Israel and a principal dancer with “Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève” for 7 years.

 

He has made guest appearances with Het National Ballet in Amsterdam and the Royal Swedish Opera’s soloist Company "59 North" in the U.S.A and Finland. Rafi has also been touring with Cristina Caprioli and has recently been responsible for staging Mats Ek’s “ Casi Casa" on Danza Contemporánea de Cuba " in Havana, Cuba, and "The Sleeping Beauty" with the Zurich Ballet. In 2010 he danced in Orphée directed and choreographed by Mats Ek at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm with "The Tempest". Rafi has been invited to participate in many performances and galas around Europe, the USA and Israel.

 
 
 

Kirsten
De Smet

Kirsten graduated in 2010 from the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and in 2013 at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in contemporary dance where she worked with numerous guest choreographers such as Iris Bouche, Filip Van Huffel, dancers Sidi Larbi companie, Damien Jalet,  Michèle Swennen, Stefan Baier, Marc van Runxt, Cruz De Mata, Agostina D' Alessandro,  Julie Anne Stanzak( member of Tanztheater Wuppertal of Pina Bausch, Martha Coronado (Rosas Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker), Laurent Flament, Min hee Bervoets, Isabelle Beernaert, Sagi Gross en Sherley Essenboom.In 2014 she achieved her diploma specific teacher training also at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

 

She experienced many different collaboration and choreographers and performed “I like for you to be still” and “Trust”, pieces of Min Hee Bervoets, “Turning tables” from Laurent flament, “I like for you to be loud” from Audrey Pascale and “Want to be” from Geneviève Van Quaquebeke,. In collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Iris Bouche, she participated in the production “ venn”.

 

She followed diverse workshops such as:

 

“All of me “  Julie Anne Stanzak (member of Tanztheater Wuppertal of Pina Bausch, “Drumming” Martha Coronado (Rosas Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker)

 

One charming night” Sagi Gross, “Toss of a Dice”, Sherley Essenboom (Jiri Kylian)

 

“Thinking, making, doing “Douglas Becker (Forsythe company)

 

“Rosas danst Rosas” Samantha Van Wissen (Rosas Anne Teresa De Keersmaker)

 

Kirsten has been teaching for many years classical and contemporary dance classes to amateurs, pre-professional and professional dancers.  Together with Sarah van Dessel, she is the Artistic Director of “Studio Dansemble”, a new dance school in collaboration with Studio 100.  Kirsten is also still active as a contemporary teacher at the Royal Ballet school Of Antwerp.