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DIRECTOR & FOUNDER – Sandra Castro-Mühlbauer
Sandra Castro-Mühlbauer is a principal dancer, international guest artist and choreographer.
The Austrian ballerina received her ballet education at the Conservatory in Vienna under the direction of International Ballet Star Karl Musil and Prima Ballerina Evelyn Teri.
Sandra won many prizes at international ballet competitions such as the Nureyev Competition, the Serge Lifar Competition, Prix de Lausanne, Fouette Artek and many more.
She worked together with very acknowledged artists and choreographers such as Edouard Lock, Vladimir Malakhov, Patricia Neary, Diana Vishneva, Rafael Avnikjan, Renato Zanella and Evelyn Teri.
Sandra has danced for well-known companies such as Lalala Human Steps, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Slovak National Theatre, the world-famous Lido in Paris and many more. Her favorite roles include Odette and Odile in Swan lake, Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Myrta in Giselle and Aegina in Spartacus.
In 2017 Sandra opened the Ballet School “Tutu Deluxe” together with her husband in Montreal, and since then she travels internationally as guest teacher and adjudicator at ballet competitions.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Eduarda Grillo
Eduarda is a ballet dancer living in Montreal, Canada. She has attended different ballet competitions in Canada, USA and Europe.
Eduarda is also a registered dietitian nutritionist, member of the professional dietetic order of Quebec (OPDQ).
GRAPHIC DESIGNER – Amanda Fanizza
Amanda has worked for a wide range of clients around the world in the fields of art direction, branding and visual identity, magazines, packaging design and websites.
Careful curation and imaginative presentation are paramount for Amanda. Fueled by determination, she’s always seeking for new challenges and adventures.
TEACHER BALLET MASTERCLASSES – ERA CHORNA
(ages 8-11 and 12-13)
Era grew up on the stage of the Opera and Ballet Theater in her hometown in Ukraine, in the incredible environment of creation and magic of performing arts. From a very young age, she has traveled all over the world.
Era studied ballet in the top schools of Ukraine and Austria, and was lucky to work with the world’s best dance choreographers and teachers. She has performed and competed in front of thousands of people, and won a number of international dance and artist awards and competitions.
From an early age, Era has started to create new dance pieces and solos, choreographing for herself and other dancers, which has significantly impacted her life and career. She established a great confidence and special connections with people around the world.
Era has worked in the most emerging cities such as Vienna, Toronto, Montreal, Shanghai, New York City, among many others.
Era has a big passion for performing arts and education, truly becoming her lifestyle. She has gained priceless experiences in the past 15 years of her artistic life. She is highly dedicated to contribute to the success of her students, of any age or level, and guide them to express themselves through dance. As a result of her artistic carrier, Era has learned how to open new gates to creativity and growth.
“Life is more meaningful and smoother when its expressed though art.” ~Era Chorna~
TEACHER BALLET MASTERCLASSES – TAINA MORALES
Taina is presently Ballet Mistress with the Royal Danish Ballet and former teacher from English National Ballet School. Taina graduated from the Cuban National Ballet School and joined the Corps de Ballet at Cuban National Ballet.
She danced with the company for ten years during which time she became a Soloist. She then went on to dance with Compañía Nacional de Danza and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, performing classical and neo-classical repertoire in internationally renowned theatres around the world.
As a ballet mistress, she has worked with students from junior to senior levels and has coached them for performances in international competitions and galas. She has also coached dancers at professional and Principal levels. In 2014 she won the Outstanding Teacher Award at the YAGP European semi-finals.
TEACHER BALLET MASTERCLASSES – ALESSANDRA PASQUALI
She takes part several times in the famous “New Years Concert” with the Vienna Philharmonic, televised live throughout the world, and inaugurates the prestigious Vienna Opera Ball.
She is later promoted to Ballet Mistress and assists various choreographers during their creations, such as David Dawson, Mauro Bigonzetti, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, to mention a few.
TEACHER BALLET MASTERCLASSES – VLADIMIR SHISHOV
Vladimir Shishov was born in Saint Petersburg (Russia) where he graduated from Vaganova Academy. From 2000 to 2006 he was, amongst others as Soloist, a member of the Ballet of Mariinsky Theatre. His repertory at this time comprised Basil in „Don Quixote“, Conrad in „Le Corsaire“, Rotbart in „Schwanensee“, Jean de Brienne in „Raymonda“, Ferhad in „Legende von der Liebe“, Paris in „Romeo und Julia“, Jüngling in „Leningrader Sinfonie“ as well as roles in John Neumeiers „The Sounds of Empty Pages“ and William Forsythes „In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated“ and „Steptext“.
In 2006 he was engaged as Soloist by the Ballet of the Wiener Staatsoper und Volksoper.
In 2010 he was appointed First Soloist of the Wiener Staatballett. His Viennese repertory comprises Basil in Rudolf Nurejews „Don Quixote“, Solor in Vladimir Malakhovs „Die Bajadere“, Solor in Rudolf Nurejews “La Bayadère” (2nd Act), Prinz Siegfried in Rudolf Nurejews „Schwanensee“, Tybalt in John Cranko´s „Romeo und Julia“, Franz in „Coppélia“ from Gyula Harangozó sen., Drosselmeyer/Der Prinz in Rudolf Nurejews “Der Nussknacker”, Prinz Nussknacker in Gyula Harangozós „Der Nussknacker“, Prinz Florimund in Peter Wrights “Dornröschen”, Johann in Roland Petits “Die Fledermaus“, the title role and Fürst Gremin in John Crankos „Onegin“, Des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillans „Manon“, Conrad in Manuel Legris’ “Le Corsaire”, Wronski in Boris Eifmans „Anna Karenina“ and Kommissar in “Giselle Rouge”, Ludwig XVI. in Patrick de Banas „Marie Antoinette“, the main role in Marius Petipas Grand Pas from „Paquita“ and „Raymonda”, the Militärkapellmeister in „Platzkonzert“ from Gyula Harangozó sen. and Hauptpartien in George Balanchines “Allegro Brillante” and „Thema und Variationen“, Harald Landers „Études“, Serge Lifars “Suite en blanc”, Jerome Robbins’ „In the Night“ and “The Four Seasons”.
TEACHER CONTEMPORY WORKSHOPS – ALEXANDRE CARLOS
Alexandre is a Montreal-based dancer and choreographer. He has trained in a variety of styles with a focus on contemporary, ballet and hip-hop since 1996. In 2010, he graduated from the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal. He continued his development by taking different workshops, like LAUNCH with NW Dance Project in Portland in 2018 and Springboard Danse Montreal in 2010.
From 2010 to 2016, Alexandre has worked as a dancer with the company Cas Public, directed by Hélène Blackburn. In addition, he has taken the time to develop his versatility by working with different choreographers such as Isabelle Boulanger, Kyra Jean Green, Emmanuel Jouthe, Pierre Lecours, Ismael Mouaraki, Anne Plamondon, David Rancourt, Tedd Robinson, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Andrew Skeels and Georges-Nicolas Tremblay. Alexandre joined Kik Agency in the beginning of 2019 where he dances for projects with 7Fingers and Cirque du Soleil. He also had the chance to dance for the Quebec Opera in the summer 2019 for the production of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. Alexandre is part of the duo Alex & Alex, participating in the second season of the Quebec dance TV Show Revolution where they got to the finals.
Alexandre choreographs, teaches and gives workshops in many different dance schools in Quebec since 2006. He is the co-choreographer of the piece Morphose, a creation made on the Ballet Contemporain du Nord. He is also choreographer and co-founder of La Compagnie d’Été, which presented Kaléïdoscope in 2015 and Emprise in 2017. Alexandre completed his first professional creation in September 2015 called Bourrasques, presented at Festival Quartiers Danses in Montréal.