HEAD JUDGE - SHARON STORY
Dean of Centre for Dance Education, Atlanta Ballet
Sharon Story joined the Atlanta Ballet after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years, including tenures with Joffrey Ballet II, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Boston Ballet.
She has toured with Rudolf Nureyev all over the world. Ms. Story trained under full scholarship with Joffrey Ballet under Robert Joffrey and later with a Ford Foundation Scholarship at School of American Ballet. In 1996, in addition to her role as ballet mistress, Ms. Story was named Dean of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education.
Artistic Director, Ballet Theatre UK &
The School of Ballet Theatre UK
Christopher has toured across the world with many companies and choreographers. He took an early retirement from the stage to focus on his choreographic development and the formation of Ballet Theatre UK. Christopher has since created over fourteen full-length ballets for the Company.
As a teacher Christopher has appeared on the faculty of many major vocational schools in the UK and held the position of Head of Dance at Midland College, Nottingham, and Artistic Director of Encore Dance Company, the touring graduate company of the Tring Park Dance Course.
Christopher has been invited to teach around the world and has recently been an active member of the jury at the international MIE Ballet Competition in Japan, the World Ballet Competition in the USA and the Grand Audition, Barcelona.
Most recently Christopher has established The School of Ballet Theatre UK’s BA (hons) Ballet Performance programme in partnership with University of West London.
Artistic Director, Elmhurst Ballet School
Robert Parker trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1994 then under the directorship of Sir Peter Wright. He became a Principal dancer in 1999 where he collaborated with Artistic Director and acclaimed choreographer David Bintley to create many leading roles for the company.
He made guest appearances with the Royal Ballet and performed in many Galas around the world. His accolades include a Critics Circle Dance Award nomination and an Olivier Award nomination in 2001 and a Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Male Artist in 2003.
After retiring from Birmingham Royal Ballet he passed his RAD Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma with distinction and completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy in Education. Robert became Artistic Director of Elmhurst Ballet School in 2012. That same year he was appointed President of the London Ballet Association. He is regularly invited to adjudicate and deliver Master classes at various International Ballet Competitions around the world.
Raimondo Rebeck, born in Berlin, received his training at Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin. As principal dancer at Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Opera Berlin and Aalto Ballet Essen, he is one of the most well known German dancers. He has won numerous national and international awards, for instance in Lausanne and Osaka.
Director, Ballet Dortmund Junior Company
He also received the Berlin and German critics’ award. Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart and Rudolf Nurejev created leading parts specifically for him. He has closely collaborated with renowned artists such as William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Heinz Spoerli and Mauro Bigonzetti.
Since 2003, he has been a worldwide requested ballet master and choreographer. He worked for various houses in Monte Carlo, Tokyo, Basel, Vienna, Stuttgart, Zurich, Essen, Hong Kong, Washington, Montreal, and developed choreographies for companies in Munich, Stuttgart, New York, Karlsruhe, Gelsenkirchen, Berlin and Dortmund. He has committed himself to Ballet Dortmund as a guest ballet master since the season 2011/12.
Following an illustrious performing career where he danced principal roles with Victor Ullate Ballet, Balletto di Toscana and Stuttgart Ballet, Mr Valcárcel became Director and principal teacher of his own ballet school in Madrid before joining the Showa School for Performing Arts in Tokyo. At the Showa School, he was the Principal Tutor and Lecturer of the Ballet Department. He later joined The Washington School of Ballet, teaching, mentoring and choreographing students and dancers from the company as Ballet Master of the Trainee Program at The Washington School of Ballet.
Director of Dance, English National Ballet School
Mr Valcárcel has also been credited with coaching principal ballerinas and has served as a judge of international ballet competitions. He has also choreographed pieces and coached participants for elite competitions.
He joined English National Ballet School in October 2017 from Ballet Arizona where he had been Director of its School since 2011. Mr Valcárcel is enthusiastically committed to preparing the next generation of young professional dancers for their careers.
Jonathan Gray is editor of The Dancing Times.
Born in Wales, he studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design.
Editor, The Dancing Times
For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty.
Jonathan has also contributed to the Financial Times, The Guardian and the National Dictionary ofBiography, has written programme notes and articles for Ballet Black, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Lithuanian National Ballet and The Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.