Valentin Bartes
Valentin BartesBallet & Pas de Deux
Valentin Bartes is a graduate of the Romanian National Ballet School in Cluj-Napoca in 1993. His main teacher was his father, Emilian Bartes, principal dancer of Romanian National Theater of Cluj-Napoca. While still a student, Mr. Bartes had received four Gold Medals at the Romanian National Ballet Competition.
Upon graduation in 1993, Valentin joined Romanian National Theater of Cluj-Napoca as a soloist. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Bartes danced as a soloist with the Croatian National Ballet Theatre in Zagreb, and also performed in Croatian National Ballet Theatre in Spilt. In 1995 Valentin received Award of the Year for the role of Nurali in the production of The Fountain of Bakhchisaray at the Croatian National Ballet Theater in Split. During the years 1992-98 Mr. Bartes performed as a guest artist with the Westchester Ballet Company in New York, USA in its annual productions of The Nutcracker.
In 1996, Mr. Bartes moved to Japan and embarked on a career as an Independent Artist and Choreographer. His repertoire includes leading roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardée, Coppelia, Raymonda, Cinderella, Paquita, Walpurgis Night, Carmen, The Nutcracker, The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, Requiem, Sylvia, La Sylphide, La Esmeralda, Les Patineurs, and many others. In 1999, he received Silver Medal in the Pas de deux Category at Tokyo Shimbun Ballet Competition.
In 2005, Valentin Bartes founded Valentino Dance Center in Tokyo, Japan, an association of professional dancers that offers classes, workshops, and quality dance performances both in Japan and abroad. Among the productions, he has choreographed and produced are The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardée, Walpurgis Night, Gypsy Suite, Carmen, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Requiem, The Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, Coppelia, Romanian Rhapsody, Giselle, Polovetsian Dance.
In 2009 Mr. Bartes was appointed Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer of Sibiu Ballet Theatre in Sibiu, Romania. Where he choreographed, and produced numerous productions with a great success.
Many other projects and positions Mr. Bartes held in the past decade are Co-Founder and Choreographer at Interdanza-Giappone Ballet Project in Livorno, Italy,International Youth Ballet Festival Sicily ,Grand Caribbean Ballet Festival,Mexico, International Ballet & Contemporary Dance Festival ,New-Delhi,India,
Permanent Jury Member and Master Teacher at Passion du Ballet a Kyoto Competition in Kyoto, Japan, Founder and Artistic Director of International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition Domenico Modugno and International Ballet Seminar in Bari, Italy.
Mr. Bartes most recent achievements include Choreographer at Vakhtang Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School production of Sleeping Beauty and guest Ballet Master at State Ballet of Georgia in Tbilisi during 2016. Also, he was a guest Ballet Master and Choreographer at Cairo Opera House, Egypt for the production of Coppelia and Gala Performance which include staging of Polovetsian Dances and Samson and Delilah for the company 2015-16 season. Mr. Bartes also was a guest Ballet Master at Ballet de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico during the 2016-17 season. Additionally, in 2017, he choreographed at Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Russia production of Coppelia.
In 2018 guest choreographer at Cairo Opera House, Egypt for the production of “La Bayadere” and guest Ballet Master at Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi.
Besides choreographing and teaching all over the world, Valentin Bartes is currently the President of Bell Art Cultural Association.
Sofiya Hristova
Sofiya HristovaBallet – Ballet Workshop
Sofiya Hristova
She got The Diploma of Ballerina at the National School of Dance Art (Bulgaria) and II level Diploma in Teaching of Classical Dance at the National Academy of Dance (Rome).
Over the years she participated in various training courses obtaining qualifications in different fields: Operator of I and II Level of Traditional Japanese Discipline
Reiki,I Level Certificate of Instructor of Master Stretch and Elvis Method “Body&Code” developed by Master Pino Carbone; Instructor of Mat Work, Instructor of Basic Gymnastics Federation of Italy.
Professional experiences:
Soloist of the State Theatre of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria where she danced in: The Nutcracker, Paquita, Cipollino, Coppelia, The Stone Flower, La Bayadere, La fille mal Gardee etc.
Over the years she is working with various institutions and dance schools attending courses, workshops and master classes in Italy (Perugia, Rome, Naples, etc) and abroad (Bulgaria, Australia).
She has participated in care projects related to dance such as the show “EquilibriaMente” Images  and Dance in Terni and “Color Your Life”, a project dedicated to personal growth.
She has prepared students for auditions in some professional schools of dance.
Since September 2014 she is Professor of Classical dance, Coreutico Laboratory and Choreographic Workshop at Liceo Coreutico “Niccolini-Palli” in Livorno.
Michele Politi
Michele PolitiLaboratorio Coreografico
1980 Scuola D. Collin di Firenze metodo R.A.D.
1983 Borsa di studio all’Accademia di Danza di Stoccarda
1984 – 1988 Accademia di Danza Classica Princesse Grace di Monte-Carlo con conseguimento del diploma di danzatore
1989 Master presso School of American Ballet di New York
1999 Diploma di Stato di Maestro di Danza conseguito in Francia

Esperienze professionali come danzatore:
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Hamburg Ballet Ballet de l’Opera de Nice
Come solista e primo ballerino ha danzato coreografie di M. Petipa, S. Lifar, L. Massine, A. Bournoville, Mc. Millan, G.Balancine, J. Cranko, J. Neumeier, R. Hynd, Y Vamos,
N.Christe tra cui: Suite en blanc, Raymonda, Serenade, Theme and varation, Gaité Parisienne, Violin Concerto, Decima di Malher, Napoli, Lago dei Cigni, Bella Addormentata, Schiaccianoci, Sogno di una notte di mezza estate, Cenerentola, Il Corsaro, Diana et Acteon.
Esperienze professionali come maestro di ballo:
2000 – 2004 Maitre de ballet al Ballet de l’Opera de Nice
2004 – 2006 Maitre de ballet all’Aterballetto di Reggio Emilia
E’ stato maestro ospite presso varie compagnie e scuole di balletto tra cui: La Scala di Milano, La Compagnia Nazionale di Danza di Madrid diretta da Nacho Duato, New
Zeeland Ballet School, West Australian Ballet School, Centre de Danse International de Cannes, SBT Balletto di Toscana
E’ stato assistente di numerosi coreografi tra cui: Yuri Vamos, Marc Ribaud, Mauro Bigonzetti, Neals Christie, Miriam Naisy, Richard Werlok, Kirsten De Brook.

Ilaria Barone
Ilaria BaroneBallet Workshop Assistant
In 2013 she completes the I degree in “Classical Dance, technical-analytical address” and in 2015 the 2nd level diploma in the “Biennio specialistista for the training of teachers in disciplines coreutiche: Classical Dance” at the National Academy of Dance , Rome.

During his years of study she participated in numerous Classical Dance and Classroom refresher courses with teachers such as Bėlla Račinskaja, teacher and choreographer at Vienna’s Staatsoper and dancer Antony Rizzi of Frankfurt Ballet.

In 2014/15 she teaches Classical Dance Technique in Rome at the “BdR Parioli” school and from 2016 to “Vivo Danza 91” in Genoa.

For some years she has worked as a choreographer at the “L’AdJ” company in Genoa and since September 2016 she is a Professor of Classical Dance Techniques, Coreutic Laboratory and Choreographic Laboratory at the Niccolini-Palli High School in Livorno.

Luminita Toader
Luminita ToaderBallet Technique
Degree in Choreographic Pedagogy and Master in Choreographic Direction at the Academy of Music
“Gh. Dima” of Cluj (Romania). Since 1995 she is a teacher and choreographer in “Liceul de coregrafie si Arta Dramatica “Octavian Stroia” in Cluj (Romania), obtaining excellent results. In addition to forming
professional dancers of high level, her students get various awards in national and international dance
competitions. In 2016 she was promoted as department coordinator of the school.
From 2014 she collaborates with the “Simona Noja” Foundation participating in the various activities of the
Foundation: Stages, Masterclass, Dance Competition. She has also been a member in
juries of various national and international dance competitions also as president of the
In the period 2011-2016 she was a member of the internal evaluation commissions for students
of high schools, admissions committees and professional certificates.
Tatiana Anton
Tatiana AntonBallet
Mrs. Tatiana Anton is a professional dance teacher with twenty years of experience. She was born in Suceava, Romania and entered the Romanian National Ballet School “Octavian Stroia”, Cluj – Napoca at the age of ten. She continued her training at the Romanian National Ballet School where she graduated as a ballerina in 1990. Upon her graduation in 1990, she joined the Romanian National Opera House, Iasi where she continued to pursue her passion and developed her skills across varied repertoire such as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Esmeralda, Zana Papusilor, Carmen and many others. Tatiana toured with the Romanian National Company through Europe and worked alongside some of the most respected choreographers, masters of ballet and dancers.
While dancing, Tatiana was a dance teacher at Colegiul National de Arta “Octav Bancila”Iasi from 1992-1997, where she worked with students in developing basic trough advance ballet skills, coordinated practice sessions and rehearsals for the students. She motivated, encouraged and supported students to improve their dance and evaluated and graded students for next levels of performance.
After a successful run as a ballerina and a teacher in Europe, Tatiana moved to USA in 1997. For the last fifteen years she continue her love for dance by teaching and choreographing at different dance studios throughout San Diego.
Tatiana is teaching Ballet, Pre-Pointe and Pointe classes and choreographing dances for performances during the year for all level of students. She provides the best possible level of service and quality of instruction, and maintaining high levels of energy and enthusiasm during classes.
Tatiana has a passion for dance and feels very fortunate to be able to share her talent by influencing others through her teaching.
In 2018 she was guest teacher at Satomi Morikawa Ballet Academy, Japan and guest teacher at Grand Caribbean International Ballet Festival, Mexico.
In 2019 she is invited as Jury panel member and guest teacher at World Ballet Grand Prix, South Korea.
Presently Tatiana is principal artistic staff and full-time teacher at Bell Art Cultural Association in Bari, Italy.
Pompea Santoro
Pompea SantoroContemporanea
Pompea Santoro nasce a San Vito dei Normanni in provincia di Brindisi. 
A sei anni, trasferitasi a Torino, inizia lo studio della danza classica nella scuola privata “Ariadne” diretta da Jusa Sabatini dove studia con insegnati importanti quali: Carola Zingarelli, Jozo Borcic (Scala di Milano), Margarita Trayanova (Opera di Sofia), Arlette Castagnet (Scuola Rosella Hightower) Jean Marie Dubrul e Michel Bruel (Opera di Parigi). Oltre alla danza classica,studia flamenco, con Isabel Nesi Fernandez e jazz con Danielle Fournier (Ballet Jazz de Montreal)
Nel 1978, appena sedicenne, le viene assegnato il premio per “particolare talento artistico” al concorso “Tersicore” a Brescia con una variazione da “Carmen” e  coreografia di Alonso, curata dalla sua Maestra Margarita Trayanova. Tra i giurati: Mario Porcile, Renato Fiumicellli, Giuliana Penzi, Bianca Gallizia e Alberto Testa che la invita ad esibirsi al primo Festival “Maratona di Danza” di Spoleto. Qui, Pippo Carbone, la nota e la raccomanda a Birgit Cullberg, allora Direttrice del Cullberg Ballet, la quale le offre subito un contratto di lavoro. Contemporaneamente è anche ammessa al sesto anno di studio all’Accademia del Teatro Alla Scala di Milano.
Sceglie, però di entrare a far parte della compagnia svedese, che dal 1980 è diretta da Mats Ek (figlio della stessa Cullberg) con cui Pompea ha lavorato ininterrottamente per 25 anni. Oltre ad aver ballato molti ruoli principali nelle coreografie di Birgit Cullberg tra cui Clara in “La Signorina Giulia” affiancata da Rodolf Nureyev, ha interpretato tutti i balletti di Mats Ek creati dal 1978 al 1998. Tra i ruoli principali piú importanti: Giselle, Carmen (alternandosi con Ana Laguna) e Aurora. Ha ballato nei più importanti Teatri del Mondo, in cinque Continenti e 30 Paesi. Per lei Mats Ek ha creato il ruolo di M…in Carmen che, nella versione televisiva, ha vinto il prestigioso “Emmy Award”. Nel corso degli anni in compagnia ha studiato danza classica con grandi Maestri come: Misha Meserer, Marina  Stavitskaya, Kostantin Damianov, Victor Valcu, Gradimir Pankov, Charles Mudry, Carmen Roche, Irena Milovan, Peter Apple, Alexander Ursuliak ed altri.
Nel 1993 riceve il premio”Karina Ari” (Svezia) come migliore danzatrice dell’anno, in seguito ad uno spettacolo dedicato a Jiri Kylian con cui ha lavorato spesso. Ha anche lavorato con Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Billy Forsythe e Carolyn Carlssson.
Nel 2000 la sua immagine rappresenta il Cullberg Ballet in un francobollo postale.
Riceve anche diversi premi Italiani, i più importanti: “Premio Postano” (1989), “Danza e Danza” (1994) come migliore danzatrice italiana nel mondo: in quell’occasione le le viene anche consegnata la “Maschera d’oro” di Venezia. Nel 1994 premio “Vignale Danza” e cittadinanza Onoraria, nel 2003 premio “Acqui Danza”, 2009 Premio “Giuliana Penzi”, nel 2019 il prestigioso premio “Le Muse”.
Dal 1996 inizia a rimontare i balletti di Mats Ek, all l’Opera di Monaco, Opera di Gothemburg, Opera di Parigi, Opera di Praga, Opera di Lione e Royal Opera House di Londra, qui ha modo di insegnare “Carmen” sia a  Sylvie Guillem che a Tamara Rojo. Nel 1997 rimonta Giselle alla Scala di Milano dove, oltre alla messa in scena, Elisabetta Terabust, allora Direttrice, la invita a ballare il ruolo principale come Artista ospi. Questa sarà l’ultima volta che ballerà il ruolo di Giselle. A Verona invece nel 1998 sarà l’ultima recita nel ruolo di Aurora nella “Bella Addormentata” di Mats Ek.
Nel 2002 lascia la Svezia e il Cullberg Ballet e torna a Torino.
Dal 2002 al 2005 diviene consulente artistica del Teatro Nuovo di Torino. Durante questo periodo balla solo in alcune occasioni: alla Biennale di Venezia con un balletto creato appositamente per lei da Jacopo Godani, e in un passo a due di Johan Inger nel 2005 con cui lascia per sempre le scene.
Nel 2010 rimonta Giselle al Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, dove insegnare a Roberto Bolle il ruolo di Albrecht.
Seguendo la grande passione per l’insegnamento smette definitivamente di ballare e si dedica sempre di più ai giovani danzatori. Oggi, continua a rimontare i balletti di Mats Ek nei più grandi Teatri Europei e tiene master-class in Italia e in Europa; ha insegnato anche in prestigiose Accademie sia classiche che contemporanee: Conservatoire de Paris,  l’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Académie de Danse Princesse Grace, Codarts, Laban Trinity, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Consevatorio di Danza di Lisbona, English National Ballet School e ESDCM Rosella Hightower,Royal Ballet School.
A Ottobre del 2012 crea l’EkoDance International Project per aiutare  giovani danzatori ad intraprendere un percorso di crescita Artistica attraverso lo studio della danza classica e le coreografie di Mats Ek.
A Settembre del 2017 viene nominata Direttrice Artistica della Fondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto, ma dà le dimissioni dopo solo pochi mesi per dedicarsi totalmente al suo Eko Dance Project.
Eva Kosa
Eva KosaContemporary Dance
Graduated in the National Dance and Drama Academy “O.Stroia”, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In 1990, she joined the ballet company of Brasov Opera Theater, Romania, During her carrier she performed in classical repertoire pieces such as: Don Quixotte, Sleeping beauty, Giselle, Nutckracker, and also contemporay repertoire.
After her BA in Choreographic Pedagogy at “GH.Dima” Conservatory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania she concentrated on teaching and choreography. In 1996 she moved to Italy and embarked on a career of guest teacher and choreographer. Also she perfected her contemporary dance studies, Cunningham method at Aterballetto National Dance Center in Reggio Emilia, with professors Dino Verga, Luca Russo (Aton Dino Verga), Paolo Mangiola (Random Dance) e Cheryl Therrien (Merce Cunningham Dance Company).

President of the International Association arts4all – organizing and promoting international cultural events in collaboration with Italian and International public and private institutions..
Artistic director and teacher of Interdanza – Giappone, International Dance Event and Teacher of classical and contemporary dance/ballet at Dea Danza ballet school in Livorno. She is invited as a teacher of classical ballet, character and contemporary in national and international dance schools (AMGD – Cluj). She choreographed many performances like “Orfeo and Euridice”, “Traviata” for Carlo Goldoni Theatre, Livorno, “Aggiungi un posto a tavola” and many others.

Mitzi Testi
Mitzi Testi History of Dance
Teacher Member di Royal Academy of Dance and art director of the Laboratorio di Danza e Movimento in Livorno. In 1966 started to study ballet under the guidance of the teacher Luciana Mariani Evans. Moved to Florence to study at the school directed by Brenda Hamlyn. End of the 70s she met master Pino Testa: from that moment she dedicated to follow the R.A.D Method and in 1981 she became assistant teacher of Pino Testa. Got the following diplomas: D.E.S (Dance Education Syllabus) and the Teaching Diploma in History of the Dance, in Anatomy and the Teacher’s Certificate.
Since 1981 she has mainly worked as ballet teacher. After the degree in History of the Theatre at University of Pisa she has taught History of the Dance in some public high schools of Livorno and at Carlo Goldoni Theatre of Livorno. She has taken part in various cultural events as coreographer and speaker.
Monica Ganni
Monica GanniBiologist Nutritionist