A way of inspiration
WHO WE ARE
Ballet.Stage is a trusted platform designed to support the development of upcoming Ballet Artists, Students and already established Professionals who are looking for ways to truly master their Art, and create improved exposure for themselves with the help of our professional industry experience and worldwide network
Its the passion of Denis Matvienko who dedicated his life to world stage Ballet where mastery and perfection for the craft has delivered a professional Ballet career that is rarely achieved by Artists around the world. His calling sparked a desire to give back and support Artists with their own ambitions to succeed, thus activating an industry network that can help place a Ballet career within reach for aspiring Artists
The initial idea for Ballet.Stage was brought to life in February 2022 at a time when war severely displaced Ukrainian Ballet Artists from being able to perform and develop their Art. Denis, his family, and friends had connected with their industry network and relationships around the world to support all Ukrainian Ballet Artists and Students that had reached out for help
The objective was to provide greater support while establishing some much needed trust, confidence, and exposure between all the vastly impacted Artists and industry professionals who included Artistic Directors, Ballet Artists, Theatres and Companies around the world
Onwards for several months until today, the team behind Ballet.Stage has been extending "ProBono" assistance to impacted Ballet Artists and Students to help restore the life quality that has been frozen for so many
WHAT WE DO
Following the success of our first MasterClass event that took place in Brno, we are pleased to announce our event in July 2024
What can be expected on this MasterClass event
2 week intensive with leading Artists and Ballet Professionals
Split training groups between age groups 10-30 years old
Option to book personal or duet training sessions
Networking activities with fellow Artists
Photo & Media exposure possibilities
Chance to join our Ballet network
Our First Ballet Competition for Junior Dancers!
Applications are starting from the 15th April and closing 15th November with final results shared on 20th November 2023
Submit your Variation/Pas de Deux video (up to 10 minutes)
You must be between 13-18 years old (event in 2 age groups)
Parent/Guardian permission is required to participate
Competition Winners 2023
1st Place - Polina Chepyk (18 years, Ukraine)
2nd Place - Margulan Taubayev (14 years, Kazakhstan)
2nd Place (Joint) - Aleksandra Pastuszka (16 years, Poland)
3rd Place - Andrianna Shabaieva (18 years, Ukraine)
3rd Place (Joint) - Sarah Frisone (15 years, Italian)
150 Euro cash
- Polina Chepyk (18 years, Ukraine)
Free Entry to Summer Intensive 2024
- Andrianna Shabaieva (18 years, Ukraine)
- Sarah Frisone (15 years, Italian)
- Aleksandra Pastuszka (16 years, Poland)
- Emma Horinouchi (16 years, Japan)
Gaynor Minden Awards by Anastasia Matvienko for “Best Young Ballerina”
- Anna Haidai (15 years, Ukraine)
Special Prize from @Muromtseva.Store
- Sofiia Stepura (17 years, Ukraine)
Personal Online Meeting with Denis Matvienko for “Most Liked”
- Margulan Taubayev (14 years, Kazakhstan)
Congratulations to the winners and participants!
The Audition took place in February 2023 and provided Ballet Dancers and Graduates of Ballet schools around the world the opportunity to demonstrate their talent to Artistic Directors from leading Ballet Companies
We later learned that it became the largest Online Ballet Audition the industry had seen, offering participant's access to 15 Artistic Directors all in one go!
Over 450 Participants took part in the event of which 138 were shortlisted as Audition Finalists and 68 candidates had later received further engagement opportunities with partnering Artistic Directors and Companies
Thanks to its initial success, we have now launched our 2024 event to help increase exposure for interested and talented candidates
Ukrainians can continue to enter Free of Charge
Live Performances are the showcase of an Artists passion for Ballet, they are the precise outcome of countless training hours, rehearsals and emotions. Performances are what we work hard for to perfect, every time, so that we can deliver unforgettable experiences for audiences around the world
We curate a selection of exceptional performances that have proven public success for several years. As a result the live shows and Artists we are passionate about have earned multiple prestigious awards across Classic and Contemporary disciplines, pleasing audiences time and time again!
Some favourites include:
Great Gatsby by Dwight Roden
Radio & Juliet by Edward Clug
Carmen by Didy Veldman
Peer Gynt by Edward Clug
And many more..
I want to say thanks to Matvienko family and Ballet.Stage that they found a way to give mean opportunity to keep my shape and continue working during the war in Ukraine. They opened for me such a new and different ballet world that inspires me to new challenges!
I'm incredibly grateful for helping me with finding a ballet school in Czech Republic, where I was forced to move with my family because of Russian invasion. I want to express my deep gratitude for the opportunity to continue my education in the Dance conservatory of Prague
I'm very grateful that I quickly and efficiently received professional help, advice and real support in finding a place to work. Thanks a lot! I also recommended them to my colleagues, who also received instant feedback and help in finding work, especially in such a difficult time
I would like to express how saddened myself and everyone at the Birmingham Royal Ballet feels over the current events in Ukraine. In war, nobody wins, but the Birmingham Royal Ballet community stands in solidarity with Ukrainian people during this difficult time
Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet
My roots are Latvian, a country that has experienced Russian aggression and horror. We know all too well our Russian "friends". In time like this it is hard to think that not all Russians think like Putin, in fact if they would know what is happening they should have the courage to stand up and bring Putin to a tribunal of war crimes. With best wishes & strengths for the future!
Director of the Landestheater Eisenach
The Polish National Ballet and I personally, am shocked, terrified, and full of admiration for our wonderful neighbours and their heroic defence of the homeland. We will do our best to help and give work and housing to the Artist arriving from Ukraine. We already offered work to some dancers, and our studios are open to all of them. We hope for the end of these horrific times. There will be more help needed, let's do our best!
Director of the Polish National Ballet
Thank you very much Matvienko family and Aleksandra for your support in such a difficult time! For a possibility to return to ballet, keep my shape and soon get a contract in Dresden. At a time when I didn't know what to do next, they took a very responsible approach and offered options convenient for me. It is very valuable that ballet world is like united big family!
All of my thoughts and support are with Ukrainian people who are showing how strong & steadfast they are in the fight of defend their country. But what other option do they have? How would you feel if your country was being invaded and this was on your doorstep. The world is uniting to support our Ukrainian Brothers & Sisters, prayers and thoughts are wonderful but in reality action is desperately needed now to protect the Ukraine!
Aaron S. Watkin
Artistic Director the Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine and all of artists who are suffering from the brutal invasion and war in Ukraine. As artists, we dedicate our lives to creation, to beauty, to reaching the sublime, to trying to be the best mankind can be. War is the polar opposite to this. What is happening now shall not destroy that community and that spirit of solidarity, of sharing and artistic exchange. Let us support one another and all of our friends and colleagues in the dark time - pray for peace to come soon!
Director of the Dutch National Ballet