Jewels Festival
Competition of Classical Ballet, Stage Acting, Character & Folk Dance

About Us
Konstantin Durnev
Founder / Artistic Director
Began his career in Novosibirsk, Russia at the Novosibirsk Ballet Academy (Degree of Ballet Artist) and the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art in Moscow -GITIS (Bachelor degree of Ballet Teacher and Choreographer).

As a principal dancer he toured throughout the world with the Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet, with Moscow Classical Ballet and with Russian State Ballet. He also performed on the world famous stages as of the Bolshoi Theatre of Opera and Ballet, of the Mariinsy Theatre, of Vienna State Opera.

In the USA he was a principal ballet dancer of NJ Ballet Co. over 10 years. He captured the attention of critics and audiences with his technique and dramatical dances in Giselle and Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Esmeralda, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus, Macbeth and many others. His repertory includes numerous works of famous world choreographers such as Marius Petipa, George Balanchine,
Yury Grigorovich, Vladimir Vasilev and other acclaimed masters.

Mr. Konstantin won silver and bronze medals in international ballet competitions and was a guest star with the Russian Imperial Ballet under the direction of Maya Plisetskaya. From 1998 he started to work with NJBallet Co. as their principal dancer and later he choreographed the one act ballets of Macbeth and Spartacus, was an assistant choreographer for three act ballet Esmeralda and did contemporary pieces Never Ending Story, Creation and others.

He was invited to many ballet schools and companies all over the USA and Russia as ballet teacher and choreographer. Ballets Coppelia, Nutcracker, Swan Lake and many contemporary and classical pieces. Mr. Konstantin choreographed especially for each company and school. His professionalism, good personality and energetic energy inspires every student to increase their skills.

In 2010 he founded the Academy of Dance and Creative Arts, Inc and now leads the school as a Artistic director, teacher and choreographer together with his wife Julia Vorobyeva. Mr Konstantin choreographed many special projects and performances for his students: as the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Anastasia or Les Oeuf de Faberge.  And many classical, neo-classical and contemporary dance pieces for students who participated at the other international ballet competitions.

Mr Konstantin created International Summer Ballet program (exchange program) for international ballet students form Russia and other countries and Intensive Summer Ballet Camp for serious kids who would like to be a professional ballet dancers.
Julia Vorobyeva
Founder / Director
Has won the hearts of all who experienced her delicate, refined performances. Treating audiences to many masterful and memorable roles, Ms. Julia danced the starring role in many ballets including Giselle, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Macbeth, Spartacus, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Allegro Brilliant, Concerto Barocco, Sylvia Pas De Deux, Who Cares, Raymonda of Balanchine and other beautiful pieces of acclaimed masters. She scored tremendous critical success and the New York Times ballet critic Anna Kisselgoff praised her work in the title role of ballet Esmeralda with NJBallet Co.

Ms. Julia’s career began in Moscow at the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Degree of Ballet Artist) and the Bolshoi Institute of Choreography (Bachelor degree of Ballet teacher). She toured throughout the world as a principal artist with the Moscow Classical Ballet and Russian State Ballet. She performed at the world famous Bolshoi Theatre, Vienna State Opera and other big stages of the world.  From 1998 she was with the New Jersey Ballet Co. as a principal dancer.

As a teacher Ms. Julia has been praised for her extraordinary ability to work with today’s young generation of dancers. Her thorough knowledge of the most current teaching methods and styles has produced many dancers who have been accepted into some of the most prestigious dance programs and companies.

In 2010 she founded the Academy of Dance and Creative Arts, Inc (ADACA) and now leads the school as a Director and teacher together with her husband Konstantin Dournev. She created International Summer Ballet program for international ballet students and Intensive Summer Ballet Camp for serious kids who would like to be a professional ballet dancers.

The ADACA’s students under leadership of Ms Julia and her husband Mr Konstantin have great performing skills, competitions experience when they won many awards and scholarships. All of ADACA’s students were able to get accepted to various art schools such as; Mark Twain, Bay Academy, La Guardia and more.

Andrei Durnev
Website Designer & Public Speaking Coordinator
As a dancer himself, preferring the street dance called Bboying or Breakdancing, Andrei knows how powerful dance can be to the individual person. He firmly believes in Jewels mission and takes great care in providing for it. Andrei is the head of website design and the public speaking coordinator at Jewels Festival.
Zhanna Tesoriero
Office Manager & Director Assistant
Zhanna is the Jewels Festival office manger and directors assistant. It's her job to contact all the aspring dancers and schools and to make sure all communications go smoothly. She is hardworking, determined and passoinate. Whenever you call Jewels Festival you are most likely talking to Zhanna!