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November 18, 2022

Iana Salenko, Ballet de la ville de Berlin, Germany


Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Iana discovered dance at the Pisarev Ballet School in Donetsk, from which she graduated in 2000. She then joined the city’s Opera Ballet as a Soloist. She then danced for the Kiev National Opera Ballet as Principal Dancer, which allowed her to return to her native city, which is so dear to her heart.

In 2005, she moved to the Berlin Ballet as a Demi-Soloist, under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov. She was promoted to Soloist the following year and to Principal Soloist in 2007 (the highest rank in the Berlin company, equivalent to the status of Principal Dancer). Since then, the direction has changed several times, from Nacho Duato to Christiane Theobald, passing by Sasha Waltz.

In 2002, she won the 1st Prize and the “Diaghilev Prize” at the Kiev Ballet Competition; in 2004, 1st Prizes at the Vienna and Perm Competitions, as well as the 3rd Prize at the International Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. In 2005, the 1st Prize at the Helsinki International Competition, as well as at the Nagoya International Competition and in 2012, the “Anna Pavlova Grand Prix” at the Dance Open, in Saint Petersburg.

In 2010 she was awarded the “Deutscher Tanzpreis Zukunft” (German Prize for the Future of Dance).

Iana is one of the greatest dancers of her generation. She has nevertheless managed to find time to give birth to three children with her husband, the Principal Dancer Marian Walter.

November 18, 2022

Shale Wagman, Ballet de la Ville de Munich, Germany

Originally from Canada, Shale began his training in 2007 at Vlad’s Dance Company and Stepanova Ballet Academy in Toronto. In 2012, he won the title of Junior Male Dancer of the Year at the “American Dance Awards”. In 2014, he won the “Youth Grand Prix Award” at the “Youth America Grand Prix” in the Junior division and decided to leave his native land for France. He then joined the prestigious and highly coveted “Académie Princesse Grace” in Monte-Carlo.

Under the supervision of the Academy’s director, Luca Masala, he won the “Prix de Lausanne” in 2018. Thanks to his gold medal and the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Prize, the world discovered his great talent, and Tamara Rojo offered him his first professional contract with the English National Ballet in London.

Shale then joined the Munich Ballet, directed by Igor Zelensky and later Laurent Hilaire, as a First Soloist. Despite his young age, the artist has already performed numerous roles in the great ballets of the classical repertoire, while also working on a few personal choreographic projects.

November 18, 2022

Chloé Albaret, Nederlands Dans Theater, Netherlands


Hailing from France, Chloé Albaret started dancing in 2007 at the “Mondap’art” training Centre in Nîmes. The following year, she continued her dance study at the “Ballet Junior de Genève”, in Switzerland. In 2010, she joined the “Nederlands Dans Theater 2” and then moved to the main company “NDT1” in 2013 under the artistic direction of Paul Lightfoot. To this day, Chloé still dances with NDT1.

Throughout her career, Chloé worked with numerous choreographers such as Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Marco Goecke, Franck Chartier and Gabriela Carrizo (Peeping Tom), Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter and Sharon Eyal.

In 2019, Chloé was nominated for the prestigious Dutch “Zwaan” Award in the category of “most impressive performance” and has won the prize for the same category in 2020.

November 18, 2022

Samuel You-Wright, Soliste Freelance

Born in Canberra, in Australia, Sam trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAPPA) and at the Sydney Dance Company, before joining the Sydney Dance Company (SDC) in 2015.

During his time at the SDC, the artist performed works by William Forsythe, Rafael Bonachela, Alexander Ekman, Cheng Tsung-Lung, Jacopo Godani, Andonis Foniadakis, Gideon Obarzanek and Gabrielle Nankivell.

In January 2018, he joined the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (DFDC) under the direction of Jacopo Godani, performing works by Jacopo Godani, William Forsythe and Marco Goecke.

In 2019, Sam has started his choreographic work with “Carnegie Solo”, a critically acclaimed solo created for dancer Anne Jung. Together with four other DFDC artists, Sam also created a “site-specific installation-performance” called “Traces”, which was presented as part of the 2021 season of Mousonturm Sommerbau and the F°LAB festival in Frankfurt in 2022.

November 18, 2022

Anne Jung, Soliste Freelance


Born in Germany, Anne initially trained intensively in rhythmic gymnastics. At the age of 14, she started classical dance classes, while participating in the Atlanta Olympic Games and in many international competitions as a gymnast. It was then time to choose. Turning towards dance, Anne continued her training at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln, from which she graduated in classical and contemporary dance in 2008.

She then took a year off to take part in various artistic projects, notably at the Wuppertal Festival, in Bonn, in Dortmund, in Aix and in Köln. In 2009, she received a scholarship from the Kunststiftung NRW and joined the Ballet Theatre of Mainz in Germany, under the artistic direction of Pascal Touzeau.

In 2014, Anne joined Nederlands Dans Theater I, before becoming a member of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company in 2017, under the artistic direction of Jacopo Godani.

Drawn to choreography, she created “#onewithtwo” for NDT Switch in 2016, followed by “#twowiththree” and “#threewithfour” for the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company.

Winner of the 2021 Dysart Prize, an award to support promising choreographers, she was commissioned by the Louisville Ballet to create “#fourwithsix”. Anne Jung has also been nominated for the “Benois de la Danse” for Best Dancer in 2021 for “Carnegie Solo” by Samuel You-Wright.

November 18, 2022

Thomas Docquir, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, France

At the age of 8, the little Belgian began dancing at the Dinant Dance Academy, under the guidance of Michèle Deconninck. At the age of 12, he entered the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet School, where he continued his studies and joined the Paris Opera Ballet company at the age of 17.

Promoted to Coryphée in 2017 and Sujet in 2020, Thomas has danced in the great ballets of the classical repertoire as well as taking part in the creation of contemporary pieces, working notably with Crystal Pite and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

In February 2019, he danced the role of Rothbart in Nureyev’s Swan Lake for the first time as a soloist at the Opéra Bastille – a role he took on in July 2019 at the Shanghai Grand Theatre during the Opera Ballet’s Asian tour.

Having particularly stood out in the 2019/2020 season, Thomas received the AROP Award in 2021, an award that often bodes well for the future of the winners’ careers.

In July 2022, Thomas was invited to the “Ballet gala of Etoiles in Paris” in Seoul, where he danced alongside the Principal Valentine Colosante, and the First Dancer, Héloise Bourdon.

November 3, 2021

Inès Mcintosh, Paris Opera Ballet, France

Born in 2002 in the suburbs of Paris, Inès fell in love with dance while watching a documentary on the Paris Opera Dance School. She then took classes at the “Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris“ for a year before being admitted to the Paris Opera Dance School at the age of 9 and a half. Inès took all her classes in the French school’s pure tradition. A tireless worker, she has shaped her body little by little, to erase what she called her imperfections. She had the chance to take on her first solo roles in “Raymonda” and “Spring and Fall” by John Neumeier, as well as the leading role in “Les deux Pigeons” by Albert Aveline.

With her schooling completed in 2019, she joined the Corps de Ballet at the Paris Opera Ballet, when she was only 16 years old. She will be promoted to Coryphée in April 2021, after her first Concours (postponed due to the strikes) and to Sujet in the wake of the second Concours, just 6 months later. These promotions gave her confidence and, above all, the opportunity to work on certain soloist roles. In particular, she had the chance to dance the pas de deux of “Flamme de Paris“, which required unparalleled technical skills.

In December 2021, Inès was invited to perform at the Gala The Hivernales de la Danse as part of a close collaboration with the “Exclusive International Ballet Program“, an international workshop directed by Thomas Gallus and Robert Tewsley. Each year, an exceptional student is rewarded with an invitation to perform at the Gala The Hivernales de la Danse. Inès was the winner of the first edition.

December 1, 2017

Ludmila Pagliero, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, France


Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ludmila began her intensive dance training at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon. She had the chance to work with renowned teachers such as Rina Valverde, Mario Gallizzi, Andrea Bengochea, Héctor Barriles, Mirta Furioso and Olga Ferri. End of 1999, she decided it was time for a new challenge and joined the National Ballet of Santiago de Chile at the age of 15 and a half, and was promoted to soloist two years later, being offered leading roles in the company’s productions.

Winner of the “Igor Youskevitch” Prize in 2003, she won the silver medal at the 7th International Dance Competition in New York and was offered a one-year contract at the American Ballet Theater. That same year, she decided to take on another challenge, this time in France, by becoming the first Argentinean dancer to join the Paris Opera Ballet. She reached the title of Coryphée in 2006, and Sujet the following year. At the end of the annual Concours, Ludmila was promoted to First Dancer on 18 November 2009. The same year, she was awarded the “Premio Konex” by the Argentine Konex Foundation.

On 22 March 2012, during a performance of “La Bayadère”, broadcast live in cinemas across Europe, where she danced the role of Gamzatti, Ludmila was promoted to Principal Dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet.

As Principal, she has danced the leading roles in the great classical repertoire while having the opportunity to diversify her repertoire with choreographers such as Mats Ek, Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker, Emmanuel Gat pour, Benjamin Millepied, Sasha Waltz, Pina Baush, Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Hans Van Manen, …

Regularly invited to other companies and to the most prestigious international Galas, she has performed in “Paquita” at the Bolshoi, “Giselle” in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and in “La Sylphide” at the Mariinsky.

Ludmila was awarded the honorary rank of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” as well as the coveted “Benois de la Danse” for best dancer in 2017, in front of a very prestigious jury chaired by Yuri Grigorovich.

In 2022, she has quite naturally signed the preface of the anniversary book of The Hivernales de la Danse, “10 ans d’Etoiles”, having participated in the very first edition of the Gala in 2013 with Mathieu Ganio, as well as in 2018 with Karl Paquette. It is with great pleasure that we find her for this 11th edition alongside the Belgian Thomas Docquir.