Dance It! 2012 – Spring Edition

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Dance It! is a week-long annual dance workshop which takes place in Bulgaria during the academic spring break (April 9-15, 2012). It is an international collaboration which targets young dancers, both from Europe and the United States up to 2011, and now, in its fifth year, already opened also to artists from any other interested country.

In the course of the week, young dancers (both amateurs and professionals in training) take classes in five different styles: Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Broadway Jazz, Hip-Hop, Character Dance. 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 knowledge of several fundamentally different dance forms, while also allowing them to take part in the creative process and experience international exchange and intercultural communication.

The spring workshop closes with the final show “Sneak Peek“ – a combination of the new pieces of the choreographers involving all workshop participants and repertoire shown by specially invited renowned dance artists from Europe and the United States.

In the course of the workshop week, different dance master classes as well as public discussion on relevant topics will also enrich the program.

It is further planned that the spring Dance It! 2012 edition is continued in the autumn of the year. More information is coming soon.

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 It! 2012 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 It! 2012 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

Nicholas Ade – Classical Ballet

Nicholas Ade is from Los Angeles, California. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School and North Carolina School of the Arts. He danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1996-2006 under Francia Russell, Kent Stowell and Peter Boal. While with PNB, Mr. Ade performed leading roles in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow; and Kent Stowell’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. He has also been featured in Balanchine’s La Valse, Prodigal Son, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, and Who Cares?; and Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries. He originated featured roles in Val Caniparoli’s Torque and Nicolo Fonte’s Almost Tango and Within/Without.
Since 2006, Nicholas has been Principal of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Francia Russell Center under Artistic Director Peter Boal. He also serves as permanent guest faculty at Ballet Academy East in New York City under Darla Hoover and Julia Dubno. Mr. Ade has also taught at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He also has been on faculty at several national and regional festivals for Regional Dance America. Mr. Ade’s relationship with RDA has also extended into adjudicating in 2010; as well as serving as host to the Craft of Choreography Conference and Summer Intensive from 2007-2009 and has been on the faculty of the CCC from 2004 through 2009. He has served as host of PNB’s Eyes on Dance and Discover Dance outreach performances and has been Project Coordinator for PNB’s Choreographers’ Showcase since 2005.

Marcus Galante – Broadway Jazz

Marcus Galante

Marcus Galante has worked extensively as a choreographer and teacher throughout the world. Trained at the American Ballet Theatre School and the School of American Ballet, he was also a trainee at the Harkness Ballet in NYC. Some of his teachers include Patricia Wilde, Richard Rapp, Stanley Williams and George Balanchine. He went on to dance with many companies such as the Chicago Lyric Ballet under Maria Tallchief, Cleveland Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet and was a soloist with the National Ballet of South Africa C.A.P.A.B. performing the classical repertoire. On Broadway, he sang, danced and acted in A Chorus Line, Pippin, Carousel and other shows. He has also worked in Opera, film and in television with Shirley MacLain.
Mr. Galante has choreographed many successful ballet and theatre works and has done television and film choreography. In 1995 he nominated for a Dance in Film Award for the short film Private Performance with director Morgan Spurlock. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (Choreography) and grants for choreography from Harkness Foundation for Dance.
As a teacher, Mr. Galante has been on the faculty of some of the most prestigious schools in the country – New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Pennsylvania Ballet and Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Lines Contemporary Ballet Company, Eglevsky Ballet,  Ballet ChicagoSteps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts (NYC); the Midwestern Regional Ballet and The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters; and many others. His international experience includes invitations to St. Petersburg, Russia, Finland, Japan, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Germany, Argentina, Brazil etc.

Christian von Howard – Modern Dance

Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a Mid-Atlantic contemporary dance company based out of New York City and Virginia. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance & Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University and also teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC. Christian has been a part of the teaching faculty of many notable dance institutions and festivals which include the Interlochen Arts Camp and the American Dance Festival (Winter Intensive). His choreography has been produced in various venues including Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, DanceNow/NYC Festival, and the Spoleto Festival (SC). His choreographic work has been commissioned by various dance companies, colleges and universities including Columbia College (SC), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Jacksonville University, The Power Company and various others. In 2006, Christian received a Choreographic Fellowship from the NJ State Council of the Arts. In 2010, his choreographic work was selected to represent the Mid-Atlantic Region at the 2010 National Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Professionally he has worked with such artists as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Germaul Barnes and has performed with numerous companies including Ballet Concerto, Footprints Dance Co., Fred Benjamin Dance Co., Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Co., and the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Co. He holds a BFA from Texas Christian University and a MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Andrea Burr – Hip Hop

Andrea_BurrAndrea Burr is passionate about dance and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in it. Andrea is signed with Go to Talent Agency in LA and currently trains on scholarship at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. Her most recent credit is dancing with Rihanna on the X-Factor, where she performed the world premier to “We Found Love”. In January Andrea was selected as a finalist for the Monsters of Hip Hop show to be held in LA this summer. Last 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. 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 in L.A., Debbie Reynolds in L.A. and various convention scholarships from Monsters of Hip Hop, Company Dance, Hollywood Vibe, L.A. Elite, Encore, and West Coast Dance Explosion.

Petur Iliev – Character Dance

Artistic Director and Founder of the Iliev Dance Art Foundation. More information here.

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.


“Dance Art and Entrepreneurship. Dance as a Cultural Industry”

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012, 7 pm
+ това (plus tova), 30 Marin Drinov Str.



April 9th – 15th, 2012
+ това (plus tova), 30 Marin Drinov Str.

Photographer: Alexander Nishkov. Exhibition of black-white studio art prints with four former scholarship recipients of the Iliev Dance Art Foundation.

The photographs are offered for sale in order to collect the funds needed for renting rehearsal studios for the first independent dance performance of the choreographer Petur Iliev under the Iliev Dance Art Foundation in Bulgaria. The performance is planned for the autumn of 2012.



Friday, April 13th, 2012, 2 – 6 pm

State Music and Ballet Center, 3 P. Volov Str.

Dance classes from the Dance It! program open for visits by any interested person.


Sunday, April 15th, 2012, Easter, 5:30 pm, before the big final performance
State Music and Ballet Center, 100 V. Levski Str.

Dance workshop for children between 6 and 12 years old with Petur Iliev.

During the Dance It! 2012 project in Sofia, Bulgaria the five most talented participants were selected to receive scholarships in order to participate in summer dance intensive courses in the U.S.

The selected dancers and the intensive programs they will visit are:

  • Daniel Tichkov (17 years old, National School of Dance Art, Sofia, Bulgaria) – 2012 Pacific Northwest Ballet School Summer Program
  • Ralitsa Ilieva (14 years old, National School of Dance Art, Sofia, Bulgaria) – 2012 Summer Course of Ballet Chicago
  • Georgi Ivanov (19 years old, State Music and ballet Center) – 2012 Summer Course of Ballet Chicago
  • Elena Dimitrova (19 years old, National School of Dance Art, Sofia, Bulgaria) – Summer Dance Intensive 2012 at the University College of Syracuse University
  • Alexandra Tsvetkova (22 years old, Hip-Hop Crew Dem Divas, Sofia, Bulgaria) – a two-week training in hip-hop at Debbie Reynolds Studio
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