International Ballet Seminar Castellaneta Marina, TA (Italy) e Gala Performance 2018

July 2nd – 7th for students age 7 and up

Daily courses includes

ballet technique, pointe, variations contemporary dance, pas de deux, character dance.

Seminar Location

Nicotel Pineto:

Gala Location

Piazza Garibaldi, Noci



Nitisha Nanda √Član Ballet, India

The master class will be a basic but intensive introduction to Odissi Dance, both theory and practical. The class will be aimed at giving dancers an understanding of the postures, hand gestures, eye, neck and body movements involved in the dance style, along with some footwork patterns and combinations. The dancers will also be introduced to the basic rhythm involved as well as a brief history of the style and how it is different from other classical Indian styles.Odissi, also known as Orissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It originates from the state of Odisha, in Eastern India. It is believed to be the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences. It originated in the Hindu temples of Eastern India, its existence in antiquity evidenced by the dance poses in the sculptures of Hindu temples and archaeological sites related to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Odissi is learnt and performed as a composite of basic dance motif called the Bhangas (symmetric body bends, stance). It involves lower (footwork), mid (torso) and upper (hand and head) as three sources of perfecting expression and audience engagement with geometric symmetry and rhythmic musical resonance.

July 7th Gala Performance

Artists of the Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Russia

Art Director: Morihiro Iwata

Morihiro Iwata was born in Yokohama, Japan. In 1990 he enrolled in the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (The Bolshoi Ballet Academy) studying under Mr. Alexander Bondarenko. Graduated in ’91, and he became a soloist with a Russian ballet company. In ’93 he won First Prize in the Moscow International Ballet Competition. Iwata joined the Bolshoi Ballet in 1996 as a soloist. The ovations he received in 2008 and 2012, when he performed with the Bolshoi Ballet in Japan, are still fresh in the public’s memory. He left the Bolshoi Ballet in 2012. Currently he is achieving success as a rising choreographer. Iwata also appeared on the NHK TV program Professional, and his passion for ballet, as well as his sincere and modest character, brought an enthusiastic public response. In November of 2009, Iwata received the Order of Friendship from President Medvedev, who praised his contribution to cultural exchange between Japan and Russia.Currently artistic director of Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Russia.


Anja Ahcin and Ahmed Yehia Principal Dancers of Cairo Opera Ballet Company

Anja Ahcin

The Principal dancer of Cairo Opera Ballet Company Anja Ahcin, graduated in Belgrade, ballet school Lujo Davico with excellence. For a very short time was a member of National tether of Belgrade, and then joined Cairo Opera Ballet as a soloist in 2006. In 2008 she was promoted as a first dancer. Her repertoire includes many different ballets like: Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliette, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, Coppelia, 1001 Nights, Valpurgeys Nights, Spartacus, Bolero, Zorba the Greek and many other contemporary and neo classic ballets. She was a winner of many national competitions in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2006 she won 3rd place on Premio Roma Competition in Italy, senior group. She took place in various festivals in Germany and Greece. Anja Ahcin as a principal dancer, has performed in Spain, Italy, Germany, Canada, Mexico, China, Georgia, Armenia, Dubai etc

Ahmed Yehia graduated from the higher institute of Ballet in Egypt with excellence. Ahmed joined Cairo Ballet Company when he was 16, and in 2000 he became principal dancer. In 2000 he won the First Prize as the best Egyptian dancer in ballet competition. He participated in many national and international competitions in Japan and Russia where he achieved historical success as an Egyptian dancer. His repertoire includes leading roles in ballets like Spartacus, Zorba the Greek, Le Corsaire, Romeo and Joliette, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Coppelia, Hamlet, Lorkiana, 1001 Nights and many others. Ahmed performed the role of Basil with Julio Boca and in Le Coirsaire with Natasha Kusch. He also participated in all performances of Cairo Opera Ballet Company in the European and Eastern countries. In 2013 Ahmed Yehia was honored by the Higher Ballet Institute as the best Egyptian ballet dancer.