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

Special Guest - Eleanor D’Antuono
Eleanor D’Antuono has been Nutmeg’s Resident Coach for over 26 years. At age 14, she joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and partnered by legendary greats Frederic Franklin and Igor Youskevich, later The Joffrey Ballet, and ultimately American Ballet Theatre, where for more than 20 years she enchanted audiences as prima ballerina. She appeared at the International Ballet Festival in Havana for several years and was the first American ballerina invited to appear, in 1979, as a guest artist with the legendary Kirov Ballet in Leningrad and in 1980 she was the first American ballerina invited to dance in mainland China. She formed memorable partnerships with the premier dancers of the century, including Royes Fernandez, Erik Bruhn, Paolo Bortluzzi, Rudolph Nureyev, Ivan Nagy, John Meehan, Fernando Bujones Ted Kivitt, and Alexander Godunov and many more. Ms. D’Antuono was a principal faculty member of The Joffrey Ballet, having served as Director of The Joffrey Summer Workshop in San Antonio until 2005 and was Artistic Director of the New York International Competition until 2012. Eleanor served as Artistic Advisor to the New Jersey Ballet for 25 years. She joined the Nutmeg faculty in 1986 after working with Victoria Mazzarelli at the New York International Ballet competition. She is instrumental in the training of students and is responsible for group and private coaching in the classical ballet repertoire for the year-round residency program. She lives in Connecticut with her loving husband John Vrabel.

A people's artist of Ukraine, the artistic director of the A.B. Solovianenko Donetsk state academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Vadim Pisarev was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and he graduated from the Kiev state choreographic school.
He was trained at the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, under teachers R. Struchkova and  A. Messere, and at the Maryinsky Theater (Kirov ballet), St. Petersburg under teachersI. Kolpakova and V. Semenov.

In 1983 he got Gold medal of the All-Ukrainian competition of ballet dancers (Kiev). 1984 – the Gold medal of the All-USSR competition of ballet dancers (Moscow) and Silver medal of the competition of ballet dancers (Helsinki). 1984 – the Bronze medal of the international competition of ballet dancers (Paris). 1985 – the Gold medal of the international competition of ballet dancers (Moscow). 1986 – the Gold medal of the international competition of ballet dancers (Jackson, the USA). In 1986 Vadim Pisarev was awarded the title of the People's artist of Ukraine. In 1990 he was awarded a prize of the Moscow public – "The best dancer of the USSR", Moscow. In 1993 he was titled "The citizen of honor of Donetsk".

In 1994 he became the founder and the director of the International festival "The World Ballet Stars" in Donetsk. During 17 years in the festival Donetsk was visited by more than 450 outstanding ballet dancers from 30 countries of the world. Over 70 famous choreographers presented their productions.
In 1995 Vadim Pisarev was awarded a prize of UNESCO "The Best dancer of the world“ and became the professor of honor of the Donetsk state University. In 1996 VadimPisarev was given the Ukrainian award "Man of the Year". In 1998 V. Pisarev was awarded the Theatre Union of Ukraine prize "Triumph". He was awarded the “Order of merit”, III grade and II grade. 1999 – Vadim Pisarev was awarded the Kazakhstan "Prize of Traditions“ and he won the All-Ukrainian prize "Recognition".

In 2001 V. Pisarev was awarded the Commander's Cross – Order of Saint Stanislaus, III grade. In 2003 he was awarded by the Cabinet Council of Ukraine the honorary diploma "For Significant Personal Contribution to the Development of National Culture and Art, and High Professionalism".
Vadim Pisarev worked by the contract as the leading soloist of ballet troupe of The German opera on Rhine, Düsseldorf. He worked with choreographers: Y. Grigorovich, B. Eifman, H. Shpoyerli, Y. Mannes and others.

Vadim Pisarev danced in classical and modern repertoire in the ballet companies in the USA, Canada, China, Russia, Germany, France, Japan. He is the participant of the annual international festivals and gala-concerts in Montreal, Tokyo, Moscow, Athens, Vienna, Genoa, Paris, Beijing, Jerusalem, Oslo, New York. He was personally invited to make the special program on the opening holiday of the Olympic Games in Calgary and Seoul. 
Vadim Pisarev's repertoire contains more than 50 ballet roles, pas de deux and choreographic compositions.

Yury Grigorovich said about Vadim Pisarev: "... he amazed the audience and us, the professionals, by the technical perfection and bravura performing of classical parties".

Mari Sugawa was born in Washington D.C., and grew up in Japan where she received her training. She also worked privately with Prima ballerinaassoluta, Eva Evdokimova when she came back to the US. As a principal dancer at New Jersey Ballet.

She performs numerous repertoires in such classics as Giselle, Odette in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Nikiya in La Bayadère and among others.
Especially her Giselle and Juliet have met high critical praise.

She also performs George Balanchine, neo-classic, and contemporary versatilely.
She has performed with Ballet Austin, Eglevsky Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and Matsuyama Ballet Company. She was a guest artist at the Gala of 24th Varna International Ballet Competition.

Bat Udval
Former Principal Dancer of Russian State Ballet
Born in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, Mr. Udval  graduate at Perm Ballet College in Russia in 1989, and joined the Russian State Ballet in Moscow.

As a Principal Dancer in 1990 to 1999, Mr. Udval danced all major roles and toured with Russian State Ballet to over 40 countries. Mr. Udval furthered his international career to dance as principal dancer for Cleveland San Jose Ballet, and as guest principal dancers for companies in USA.

A ballet educator, Mr. Udval has teaching experience at Baltimore School for the Arts, Carroll County Dance Center, Kirov Academy of Ballet Washington DC, and is the master teacher of Korea International Ballet Competition.

Mr. Udval is the Silver medalist of Moscow International Ballet Competition in 1993.

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Violeta graduated with honors from the National School of Dance Art and the Vienna State Opera Ballet School in Austria. 

She has represented Bulgaria at the Royal Festival of Arts in Jordan and many international ballet events.
She has toured the United States extensively, dancing as a guest artist or as part of a company, and was invited to dance at the International Festivals in Edinburgh and St.Petersburg.

Companies she has performed with include The Vienna State Opera Ballet,Volksoper-Vienna, Ballet International, The New Jersey Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, as guest with the Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Austin, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Metropolitan and others.

Her repertoire includes title and leading roles in classics such as The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, one act and miniature ballets by choreographers such as M.Fokine and G.Balanchine and many works by contemporary choreographers. Vio is the only Bulgarian ballerina in America.