Dance BULGARIA 2011

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Dance Bulgaria is a week-long annual dance workshop which takes place in Bulgaria during the academic spring break (April 4-10, 2011). It is an international collaboration which targets young dancers, both from Europe and the United States.

In the course of the week, young dancers (both amateurs and professionals in training) take classes in four different styles: Classical ballet, Modern dance, Broadway Jazz and Hip-Hop. The classes are taught by renowned teachers and choreographers from both continents who bring unique expertise to dancers who do not have the chance to experience it in their routine dance curricula. Each student also participates in a choreography set up during the course of the workshop.

The goal of the project is to give the students the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of several fundamentally different dance forms, while also allowing them to take part in the creative process. The workshop closes with a Final Concert where the choreographers show their new pieces.

This project is being implemented with financial support from the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) is partnering with the Iliev Dance Art Foundation in the Dance Bulgaria 2011 Project. Founded in 2008, ABF is the successor of the Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund (BAEF), an investment fund created by the United States of America, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). One of the goals of the Foundation is to support private-sector art entrepreneurs and organizations. ABF’s mission in arts and culture is to promote greater appreciation of and demand for Bulgarian arts and culture in-country and abroad; to nurture Bulgarian creative talents to lead and compete in the global marketplace; and to enhance Bulgaria’s international cultural profile. With the Dance Bulgaria 2011 Project, America for Bulgaria and the Iliev Dance Art Foundation aim at building another cultural bridge between Bulgaria and the United States, as well as to provide opportunities for Bulgarian students in dance to get a feel for the American way of work and to get to know some of the most prominent choreographers and masters of American ballet. For more information, go to

Daniel Duell – Ballet, Balanchine Style

Daniel Duell

Founder and Artistic Director of   Ballet Chicago, Duell is a force in the development of American Classicism, who is passionate about the advancement of ballet technique in its purest and most energetic form. As a dancer with the New York City Ballet from 1972-1987, he was taught and coached daily by George Balanchine. Quickly rising through the ranks, Duell was promoted to Soloist in 1977, and then Principal Dancer in 1979. He embodied a wide-ranging repertoire, dancing leading roles in the ballets of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Jacques d’Amboise, among others, including multiple works that were created for him. A Ford Foundation Scholarship recipient from the age of 13, he trained with the Dayton Civic Ballet, then at the School of American Ballet, and at the age of 19 was invited to join NYCB. In addition to his fifteen years at NYCB, he was a featured guest artist for numerous companies nationwide and performed for several PBS Dance in America public television programs. Duell has been choreographing since 1980 and has created works for Ballet Chicago, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Dayton Ballet, Harkness Dance Theatre, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the School of American Ballet.

Marcus Galante – Broadway Jazz

MarcusGalanteMarcus Galante’s credentials are extensive and international. He has taught in Germany, Russia, Finland, Japan and other countries as well as all over the USA at major institutions including the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey  and Pacific Northwest Ballet. In addition to Ballet, also teachеs Broadway theatre dance. Mr. Galante has trained at the American Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet with professionals such as Patricia Wilde, Nancy Clement, Olga Merinova, and George Balanchine, among others. He is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships for choregraphy and has starred in Broadway shows including A Chorus Line, Pippin, Carousel, The Shirley MacLaine Show, and others.

Mr. Galante is also a pianist with an extensive experience accompanying ballet classes. He has recorded 2 ballet class CDs and uses his musical background to enhance his teaching and choreographic work.

 Gary Abbott – Modern Dance

Garry Abbott

For over 30 years Gary Abbott has been dancing, teaching and creating choreography to share with people the world over. In 1976, Abbott began his career as a dancer with Barbara Sullivan’s Atlanta Dance Theatre. There he developed his interest in choreography. In 1979, Abbott received a scholarship to attend California Institute for the Arts, where he studied with Crystine Lawson, Mia Slavenska and Nicholas Gunn.
In 1985 Mr. Abbott moved to Denver, Colorado to dance in the world renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson, Artistic Director. This company gave him an opportunity to study with many great dance makers. In 1989, Abbott premiered his first work for the company; a duet based on the mating habits of spiders entitled “Araignee”. His choreographies are still active in Ms. Robinson’s company repertoire.
In 2006 Mr. Abbott premiered his own musical “Believe in Yourself” and began serving as the “Performing Arts Workshop”(PAW)’s Artistic Director – a three week long summer intensive for young people who want to experience intense musical theatre training with some of the leading artists in the country.
Gary Abbott and Kevin Iega Jeff, along with Linda Spriggs, Diane Shober and LaVerne Alaphaire Jeff founded Deeply Rooted Productions in 1995. In its 14 year history Deeply Rooted has become not only a stellar dance company that brings positive attention to the Chicago dance community but also a place where dance artists come to connect and reconnect with their craft. Some of Abbott’s choreogphic contributions for Deeply Rooted include “Desire”, “Just Miss Sadie”, “The Dance We Dance”, “MOVE!”, “”Hand to Mouth”, “Nefertiti A Concert of Music and Dance”, Decadent Dream and his latest work “53 Inhale”

Andrea Burr – Hip Hop

Andrea_BurrAndrea Burr is passionate about dance and recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in it. Last summer while visiting LA, Andrea simultaneously made it to the end of the Lady Gaga auditions, and signed with MSA Agency! This past year, Andrea lived in China for 6 months teaching dance and performing. Upon return to the states, she co-directed a hip hop dance show in Seattle. Andrea is an established dancer in the Seattle community and looks forward to making a similar reputation in her new home! Some of Andrea’s credits include: Cruz Control’s show at the Moore Theatre, Seattle Seahawks halftime show, guest performer in The Monsters of Hip Hop show in L.A., backup dancer for the Vietnamese Music Awards, and the Young Tanzsommer Austria Tour with Westlake Dance Center Performing Group. Andrea is credited with award winning choreography which has been selected to perform at Disneyland in CA and the RDA Dance America Festival in Utah. She has received scholarships to Steps on Broadway in NYC,  Millenium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in Los Angeles,  and various convention scholarships from Monsters of HipHop, Company Dance, Hollywood Vibe, L.A. Elite, Encore, and West Coast Dance Explosion.

Debra Robinson – Thai Massage

DebraRobinsonRooted in a 2600 year old tradition, Thai is an unparalleled healing modality for body mind and spirit. Debra has studied and practiced this art form for 20 years. In recent years she has taught and mentored students from around the world. She has an active interest in somatic psychology and trauma relief. In her spare time she enjoys recreational folk dance. She will be offering one on one bodywork sessions in addition to teaching experiential classes in the basic movements and theory of Thai massage.

Interactive Discussion: “Creative Approaches in Dance Training and Choreography”

Interactive discussion with American choreographers and members of the Bulgarian dance community.

Place and Time:
Friday, April 8, 2011, 19:00
15 Lyuben Karavelov St., Sofia

Pesha Nikolova Hall


Five of the most talanted “Dance It! 2012” participants were selected for scholarships for summer intensive dance programs in USA.

  • Stanislav Stefanov (works at the State Ballet and Music Center, Sofia) – a scholarship for the ballet summer intensive program at  Ballet Chicago
  • Victor Denisov (works at the State Ballet and Music Center, Sofia) – a scholarship for the ballet summer intensive program at  Ballet Chicago
  • Vasilena Shopova (student at the National School of Music and Dance Art “D. Perkov”, Plovdiv) – a scholarship for the modern dance summer intensive program at Deeply Rooted Dance Company, Chicago;
  • Rositsa Terziyska (student at the Academy of Dance Art, Music and Fine Arts – Plovdiv, assistent choreographer at “Mirage” Dance Formation)  – a scholarship for a hip-hop summer intensive course at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios, Northern Hollywood, California

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