Judges of the Grand Jeté International Dance Awards, Algarve

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Simona Nebyla

Simona Noja Nebyla

Simona Noja Nebyla is the Director of the WIENNER STAATSOPER BALLET ACADEMY since 2010.

Simona and her husband Boris Nebyla founded and direct the European Ballet Grand Prix.

She is also Ambassador of the „Cluj-Napoca – European Capital of Culture 2021“ project.

Simona is a distinguished judge in many competitions around the world.

Former Principal Dancer with the Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the Opera National Romana Cluj-Napoca as well as a guest principal Dancer in many renowned companies such as:Teatro Colon,Finnish National Ballet,Bolschoi Theater, Mailänder Scala, Balletto dell’Opera di Roma, Dresdner Oper, Teatro San Carlo, Royal Swedish Ballet, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, Stuttgarter Ballett, Frankfurter Ballett, Bayerische Staatsoper München.

Quote “You are always a winner if your joy of dancing is bigger than the fear of failure!”


Misha Tchoupakov Grand Jete

Misha Tchoupakov

Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Misha Tchoupakov performed with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow as well as with the Colorado Ballet, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, and San Francisco Opera Ballet in USA and Vienna State Opera Ballet in Austria. He also holds an M.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy and Choreography from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and he had taught for Colorado Ballet, Houston Ballet, Oregon Dance Theatre, David Taylor Dance Theatre, State Street Ballet, Ballet Arlington in US, Guangzhou Ballet of China, Galili Dance in Netherlands, Cluj Opera Ballet and Sibiu Ballet Theatre in Romania, and Cia Brasileira de Ballet and Teatro Municipal do Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.

He was also on the faculty of the Royal Ballet School, the Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the English National Ballet School in the UK and served as Assistant Professor at University of Utah Department of Ballet.

Mr. Tchoupakov currently with YAGP Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition in New York as Rehearsal Director, Judge and Master Teacher and is an internationally renowned guest teacher.

He joined the faculty of University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2013.


Ingrida Svedunova

Ingrida Svedunova

 Ingrida Svedunova is a Russian dancer.

She completed her dance education at The National M.K.Čiurlionis School of Art and at the Inchicore College of Further Education.

Ingrida worked as a professional Ballerina at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre where she performed in a number of productions such as:Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Giselle, Blue Danube, Ana Karenina, Zorba the Greek, Snowhite and 7 dwarfs, Don Quixote, Tristan and Isolde, Red Giselle, Chipolino, Carmen, Barbora Radvilaite, Copelia, Ciurlionis, Snow Queen, Sleeping Beauty and La Sylphide.

She was a ballet teacher in :Primaballet Ireland, The Leinster School of Dance, Darcy Dance School, The Durban School of Dance, Olympus Dance and Music academy where she tough Ballet Classes, pointe work, RAD ballet and ISTD syllabus.


Joni Österlund 

Joni Österlund is a Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer from Finland.
He studied Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance at the Hungarian Dance Academy under the tutelage of: György Szakály, Gábor Keveházi, Tatiana Vdovicheva, Wieslaw Dudek, Tamás Topolánszky and Noemi Kulcsár.
He also studied Ballet, Modern, Pas de Deux, Mats Ek repertoire and creative improvisation at the Finish National Opera Ballet School.

Joni worked as a professional Dancer at: Finish National Ballet (Helsinki/Finland), Theatre Gárdonyi Géza & GG Eger Company (Hungary), Pori Dance Company (Finland).
Joni Österlund as been working as a guest Choreographer and Modern Dance Teacher in institutions all over the world such as: Dancearts Boris Nebyla Vienna(Choreographer/Teacher) , Podium Ballet School Hungary (Teacher), Dance School Nojonen Finland, European Dance Schools Festival Romania.

Presently Joni workes as a Dancer,freelancer in Vienna Austria.


Michael Raynaud

Michael Raynaud started dancing at seven years old in the south of France before beginning his formal training at The Paris Opera Ballet School at the age of ten. Whilst at the School, Michael performed all over the world touring to Japan, New York, Greece and France. Michael went on to train at the National Conservatoire in Paris, where he gained his Arts Baccalauréat and Unités de Valeurs in anatomy, Ballet history and musicality.

Michael Raynaud joined the English National Ballet for their worldwide tour of Swan Lake and then became a permanent member of the company, performing many roles in all the company’s Repertoire, from Rudolph Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet to Derek Deane’s Swan Lake ,Michael Corder’s Cinderella,Harald Lander’s Etudes and Kenneth Macmillan’s Rite of Spring.

Michael is now a renowned ballet teacher and works all over the world with students of all ages. He was Associate Tutor for Ballet studies at the Guildford School of Acting at Surrey University and ballet teacher at the London Boys Ballet School, London Junior/Senior Ballet at ArtsEd, for Professional Dance Experience in Leeds, and regular guest teaching worldwide.

Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma, Michael was invited to teach workshops and summer schools at the Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters in London and throughout Europe.
He is a permanent member of the Faculty at The School of Ballet Theatre UK , teaching daily classes , men technique , Pas de Deux , Repertoire and pointework , as well assisting with rehearsals for the Company’s upcoming tours.


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