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About BalletStage

BalletStage was formed in February 2022 when Denis Matvienko, his wife Anastasia and her sister Aleksandra started to help Ukrainian Ballet Artists who had been affected by war in Ukraine. The approach was to activate a network of global industry contacts and relationships across Theatres, Schools and Artists who were prepared to extend support during these difficult times. From September 2022 onwards the BalletStage team started work on additional projects including Ballet Auditions, Competitions, Live Performances, Internships and Masterclasses..

Supporting Artistic Directors & Artists

  • Krzysztof Pastor - Director, Polish National Ballet

  • Edward Clug - Director, Maribor Ballet

  • Aaron S. Watkin - Artistic Director, Dresden Semperoper Ballett

  • Renato Zanella - Artistic Director, Slovenian Theatre Opera & Ballet

  • Mario Radocovsky - Artistic Director, Ballet Brno

  • Madeleine Onne - Artistic Director, Finnish National Ballet

  • Ted Brandsen - Director of Dutch National Ballet

  • Andris Plucis - Director of the Landestheater Eisenach

  • Aivars Leimanis - Artistic Director, Latvian National Opera

  • Julie Kent - Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet

  • John Neumeier - Artistic Director, Chief Choreographer, Hamburg Ballet

  • Nina Ananiashvili - Artistic Director, State Ballet of Gergia

  • Christiane Theobald - Artistic Director, Staatsballett Berlin

  • Nina Polakova - Ballet Director, Slovak National Ballet

  • Emily Molnar - Artistic Director, Nederland Dans Theatre

  • Septime Webre - Artistic Director, Hong Kong Ballet

  • Carlos Acosta - Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet

  • Shelly Power - Executive Director, Philadelphia Ballet

  • Marcello Angelini - Artistic Director, Tulsa Ballet

  • Stanton Welch - Director of the Houston Ballet

  • Aurelien Scannella - Artistic Director, West Australian Ballet

  • Aurélie Dupont - Director of Dance, Paris Opera

  • Gennadi Nedvigin - Artistic Director, Atlanta Ballet

  • Francesca Magnini - Artistic Director, Ballet di Roma school

  • Lourdes Lopez - Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet

  • Helgi Tomasson - Artistic Director & Principal, San Francisco Ballet

  • Alessio Carbone - Artistic Producer

  • Marcelo Gomes - BalletMaster, Principal Dancer, Dresden Ballett

  • Lana Salenko - Principal Dancer, Berlin State Ballet

  • Daria Klimentova - Artistic Director, Ballet Masterclasses in Prague

  • Irina Borysova - Principal Dancer, National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine

    And many more we may have missed to mention, THANK YOU!


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We stand with Ukraine

Denis Matvienko

Co-founder & Artistic Director of Ballet.Stage

Denis is a merited Artist of Ukraine, he was born in 1979 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. He began training in classical dance at a very young age at the Kiev State Choreography School and at the age of 18 he joined the Ukrainian National Ballet as a First Figure

In 2001 he joined the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg as Soloist. In 2003 he returned to the Ukrainian National Ballet and in 2007 he moved back to St. Petersburg working for the Mikhailovsky Theatre as a Principal Dancer. Two years later, in 2009, he returned as Principal Star to the Mariinsky Theatre

Denis has been a guest dancer with numerous Companies, such as the Bolshoi, New National Theatre of Japan, Alla Scala Theatre, Paris Opera among others. During his career he performed in numerous Principal roles, but he is a dancer at heart with exceptional versatility, allowing him to excel across both Neoclassical and Contemporary works


Over the years Denis won several industry and dance awards

Grand Prix at IV International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg (1997)

Grand Prix at III International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Competition in Budapest (1998)

Gold Medal and Vaslav Nijinsky Prize at III International Contemporary and Classical Choreography Competition (Nagoya, Japan, 1999)

Grand Prix Prize-winner at Х International Moscow Ballet and Choreography Competition (2005)

Recipient of Spirit of Dance prize in category “Star” (2008)

Recipient of  lapel pin of the Ministry of Culture of  Republic of Tatarstan “For achievements in culture” (2009)

Recipient of  "Dance Open" International Ballet Prize in category “Best Partners” (2011)

Spirit of Dance prize in category "Ballet Master" (2019)


From 2011 to 2013 Denis was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of the Ballet of the Ukrainian National Opera, and since June 2016 he has been Artistic Director of the Ballet of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. From 2020 to 2022 Denis taught classical dance at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg  and was Artistic Director of the Ballet Audition called “Ballet of the Future”

In February 2022 due to ongoing war in Ukraine he relocated and founded BalletStage..

Denis Matvienko
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