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Trained at the State Choreographic School in Sofia, Bulgaria and danced with Varna Opera House and with the National Opera and Ballet in Sofia. Classical ballet dancer for 12 years, performing classical and contemporary ballet choreographies, opera and operetta productions. Holding Master’s degree from The National Music Academy in Sofia as a Ballet Teacher and Ballet Master. Experienced Ballet teacher for more than 20 years, teaching all levels of ballet, pointe, historical dance, variations and repertoire at the National school of arts in Varna, Russian ballet school in Sofia and Royal Winnipeg Ballet school in Canada.
Born in Leningrad (St Petersburg). Graduated with honours from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1991 (class of Professor Semenov) and joined the Mariinsky ballet company. Performed in the ballets La Sylphide (James), Giselle (Classical Duet), La Bayadère (Solor, Golden Idol);
The Sleeping Beauty (the Blue Bird), Swan Lake (Pas de trois); Le Corsaire (Conrad, Lankedem), Don Quixote (Basil); Schéhérazade(Zobeida’s Slave); The Legend of Love (Ferkhad).
In 2000-2002, he was a lead soloist with the Colorado Ballet Company and Cincinnati Ballet Company.
Since 2012 he has been a teacher and coach with the Mariinsky Ballet, rehearsing roles with Xander Parish and Ramanbek Beishenaliev
• Awarded a diploma at the VIII International Ballet Competition (Moscow, 1997)
“I love all forms of dance, says Katerina. Dance is one of the best ways to connect with our bodies, minds, and souls.”
Katerina Torp began her ballet training in Finland with the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera and continued it in Moscow at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. During her education, she was introduced to various styles of classical and modern ballet, as well as to important framing subjects such as anatomy, body conditioning, and improvisation. The school in Helsinki introduced her to diverse ways of moving and her interest in choreography grew into action already during her final years of studies in the form of choreographies made for her fellow students. Her choreography “Light” (2015) was performed at the Kuopio Dance festival as well as in gala performance at the National Opera House. Education at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy) was strongly based on the tradition of the Russian classical dance and it introduced her to new dimensions of the art of ballet.
During two seasons at the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Katerina enjoyed dancing in many classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Giselle. Having her unique imagination of movement, she marvelously danced featured parts in numerous modern and neoclassical ballets including Faun (B. Nebyla), City Beat (P. Rotaru), and The Young Man and The Death (O. Popa). She has performed in several International galas and was a member of a jury at the international ballet competition Attitude 2018 in Romania.
In Finland, Katerina continues to collaborate with Finnish National Ballet School creating new pieces for the students. Her new choreography was successfully performed by the students of the vocational education at the Finnish National Ballet competition in 2020.
In addition to classical disciplines, Katerina practices such styles as Gaga, Forsythe, Graham, and Galili.
“Love towards choreography as well as towards dancing body and mind has grown powerful in me, – says Katerina. Curiosity is what drives me. I get excited about people, interactions, intentions, and emotions. In my classes, I am not a professor but rather a student like all others. I introduce ideas, which are available for all. Ideas that arise from this world and are then shaped by everyone’s unique imaginations. I encourage everyone to dance fearlessly like kids in a disco. Fearlessly of mistakes, doubts, or opinions. To give in to an adventure of the body and mind.”
Plamen Todorov, skilled and certified professional with over twenty years of experience in information technology, specializing in the design, deployment, and support of technical solutions using VMware and Microsoft products. In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with IBM, HP, Dell, and Cisco hardware. Proven ability to build trusted long-term relationships with all levels of personnel and customers. Team leader for multiple projects in designing and deploying physical and virtual solutions.
Apart from IT, Plamen has been working with us to organize the Leto Baleta Summer Ballet Camp in Bulgaria
Emrecan TanıŞ is a Turkish choreographer based in Finland, where he currently works as a dancer and a freelance choreographer with the Finnish National Ballet.
His latest co-recreation of Swan Lake was performed in Helsinki’s Aleksander’s Theater with six sold out shows.
TanıŞ created “Fragment” for Ballet Finland in the spring of 2022, later on the piece was selected to compete in the Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition. His creation, “Rise” which premiered at the Hannover Staatstheater, comprised part of an evening that also included the legendary choreographers Hans van Manen and Marco Goecke. He has created several works for the Finnish National Ballet and the Finnish National Ballet School. TanıŞ has created for the Young Choreographers Platform of Stuttgart Ballet, where his creation remains in the repertoire.
Emrecan’s short dance film “H-ome,” inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, was chosen from a field of 520 applicants to receive funding from the Finnish Institute. It had its world premiere in June 2020.
TanıŞ created ‘An Incident of Closeness’ for Pori Dance Company in 2018, which
has been performed in Finland and Switzerland.
Emrecan won the second place award at the Stuttgart Choreographic Competition
in 2017. He also won an award that provided for a professional video to be made of
his solo, ‘Separation Among Us’. After the results of this competition, the piece
toured seven different cities in Germany and Brazil in 2017-2018.
In 2014 Emrecan was selected to participate in the Hannover Choreographic Competition with his piece ‘Step closer’, which was also performed at the opening Gala of Kuopio Dance Festival the same year. He is a recipient of the Talented Young Dancer Award of the Varna Ballet Competition in 2007 and a finalist of Helsinki Ballet Competition in 2012.