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In his position as head of the Cultural Centre of Sibiu, Ovidiu Dragoman has managed many ample cultural projects and programmes. He has introduced to Sibiu the concept of cultural agenda since 1998, and has coordinated its activities for almost two decades. Before that he was a ballet dancer with the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, and the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana. In 2008 he founded the Sibiu Ballet Theatre, the first independent ballet company in Romania. In 2016 he was a founder of the Romanian Dance Union (UNACOR).



A former principal with the Bucharest National Opera, a ballet master and head of the ballet company of BNO, as well as a manager of the ballet company of the „Ion Dacian” National Operetta and Musical Theatre in Bucharest, Alin Gheorghiu is curently an artistic advisor for the ballet company of ther BNO. Along his outstanding career he won numerous prizes and awards, was a guest artist with major theatres around the world and a member of the jury in international competitions. As a teacher, he was invited to hold worshops for ballet schools in Romania, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. In 2004 he became a Knight of the Romanian Cultural Merit Order.


International ballet photographer based in Moscow, Russia. Since 2016, Daria has been shooting only ballet. She works with artists from the best theaters in the world, including the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg. Daria is also trusted to take photographs of the students of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Vaganova Academy. She has done a lot of shooting in Europe (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Finland, Armenia, Georgia). In her works, she underlines the grace of the ballerina's lines, as well as the lightness and romanticism of ballet.



Principal dancer at the English National Ballet, Natascha Mair was born in Vienna and received her education from the age of seven at the Vienna State Opera. In 2012 she has been selected for the 2012/13 season on at the Vienna State Ballet. In 2012, Natascha Mair was awarded the Jury Prize at the International Ballet School Competition in Beijing and received the first prize in the Premio Roma Danza. In 2014 she was promoted to demi-soloist and in 2016 to soloist. In December 2018, she was promoted to first soloist following a performance of Rudolf Nureyev's The Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera House. In 2020 Natascha Mair joined as principal dancer at the English National Ballet. She also appears as a principal guest in many lead roles and galas in Europe and overseas. Several television appearances including the broadcasts of the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, the opening of the Vienna Opera Ball and “Just ballet” documentary.



Mihail Cratofil has been shooting almost all his life, starting with countless personalities of the arts and culture Romanian world. In 1982 he turned this hobby into a profession by becoming a permanent photographer for the Bucharest National Opera. Since 1990 he has been a photojournalist for the Romanian Cultural Foundation, then with the Romanian Cultural Institute. His photographs were included in books such as „Pedestal for ephemeridae” by Luminiţa Vartolomei, and „50 seasons of the new Bucharest National Opera”.



Paul Daniel Schneider is widely known in the Romanian ballet world. He is an Munich based photography artist, and a continuous explorer of the unique field of ballet photography. Born in Romania, Paul Daniel Schneider is one photographer, which among with some good others, are keeping the Romanian ballet photography alive. He published the very first photo album with ballet photography in Romania, promoting the young dancers from the Cluj-Napoca ballet high school, in 2018. Since then, in 2019 he published the SMURD 25 years of history in the city of Cluj-Napoca. Writing for the Ballet Magazine as a collaborator, Daniel continues being actively involved in the Romanian ballet photography scene. He's been all over the world shooting with one of the most famous ballerinas. Today, he happily lives in Munich working as a logistics warehouse manager.



Manuela Ardelean, first principal dancer of the Romanian National Opera Timișoara ballet company, has started ballet at a very young age. She felt in love with it, wanting to become a real ballerina! Her dream came true after she finished high-school at the Art College "Ion Vidu" and start dancing at the Romanian National Opera House from Timișoara in 2002. In 2008 after 6 years of experience in the theater and in a lot of tours around the world, she became a principal ballerina! She has performed many roles in both classic and modern performances like: Giselle, Bayadere, Swan Lake, Ondine, Dancing Queen and many others which made she grow and develop hisself as a person and as a ballet dancer. She also teaches ballet for a couple of years and has a college degree in Economics Science in 2009 and a Master degree in Tourism Management.



Artist of the The Royal Danish Ballet, Marina Minoiu was born and trained in Bucharest. She was a 1st Soloist with the National Bucharest Opera until 2016. Her repertoire included the principal roles in K.MacMillan’s “Manon”,Sir F.Ashton’s “La fille mal gardee”, “Marguerite and Armand”, “The Dream”, J.Kobborg’s “La Sylphide” and so on. Since 2016 she is an Artist with The Royal Danish Ballet. Her repertoire includes parts in productions by A. Bournonville, N. Hubbe, C. Wheeldon,G.Dean, J. Kylian and others. Marina Minoiu was nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer in 2015 for her role as “ Marguerite” in Frederick Ashton's "Marguerite and Armand" by Dance Europe, one of the most important international dance magazines.


A graduate of the Dance Department of the „I.L.Caragiale” National Drama and Cinema Academy, Oana Ioniţă is the manager of „Dance Planet” school in Bucharest, founder of the intensive dance development program for young talents „Dance Motion” and manager of the prestigious competition „Young Artist Grand Prix”. After having been for years a member of the ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera, she is now a very active member of the the Romanian ballet community, while her students have won a wide array of prizes in international competitions and were accepted by ballet schools around the world.



After having graduated from the State Ballet School in Bucharest, studied languages at the University, got a Master’s degree in cultural management in France and a doctor’s degree in Theatrology, Vivia Săndulescu-Dutton shared her activities between teaching and writing. She has been teaching a variety of subjects related to dance in schools and universities in Bucharest, Constanta and Iassy, and has translated books from English and French. She also works extensively as a ballet critic and historian, as materialized in books such as „Choreographic records. The Ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera”, „Six decades of ballet at the Iassy Romanian Opera”, and the articles collection „Pixels on the dance screen”.

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