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The prima ballerina of the Ballet of Prague National Theatre (1977 – 1991), teacher, choreographer, winner of many domestic and international awards. Member of the jury for international ballet competitions in Lausanne, Luxembourg, Varna, Istanbul, Jackson, (Mississippi, USA) and Shanghai (China). Founder and artistic director of the „JK Ballet Master Program“.

In 1980, she graduated from the Prague State Conservatoire of Music and Dance, with highest honours, with the performance of "Giselle" and "Ur" at the Prague National Theatre. She also studied at the Bolshoi Academy of Ballet and Choreography in Moscow, and she attended the famous David Howard Ballet Studio in New York.

She was successful in many prestigious international ballet competitions all around the world. She performed with a great success at Broadway in the "All Star Gala", which was presented under the auspices of famous artists, such as Rudolf Nureyev, Leonard Bernstein, Lucciano Pavarotti, Elizabeth Taylor, Zubin Mehta and others.

In 2001, she was guest professor at The Korean National University of Arts. Seminars were presented also at Yale, Dartmouth and Purdue Universities.

In 1995, she entered the American "Hall of Fame". Since 1998 she has been a member of jury of international ballet competitions (USA International Ballet Competition, Prix de Lausanne, Shanghai International Ballet Competition, Concours International de Danse de Luxembourg, Varna International Ballet Competition, Istanbul International Ballet Competition).

She staged the full-lenght ballet "Creation of the World" in the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and choreography for the "Swan Lake" (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov) in the State Opera in Prague in connection with the "Prague Ballet Summer".

She works as a teacher, ballet mistress and choreographer.

The Sleeping Beauty   La Péri   Giselle   The Birds   Metropolitan Opera, N.Y.

The Sleeping Beauty
New Orleans


La Péri PDD
New York


Giselle, Act I


The Birds

Opera, N.Y.

Jana Kurova and world famous personalities

Spanish Queen Sofia   Rudolf Nureyev   Fernando Bujones   Vladimir Malakhov   Ivan Vasiljev
Spanish Queen Sofia   Rudolf Nureyev   Fernando Bujones   Vladimir Malakhov   Ivan Vasiljev




Jana Kurova danced leading roles in all major ballets including:

  Performance Music Choreography

Afternoon of a Faun

Claude Debussy Václav Ní┼żinský
02 LA BAYADÉRE Ludwig Minkus Marius Petipa
03 THE BIRDS Olivier Messiaen

Miroslav Kura
Choreography Prize World Ballet Concours in Japan

04 CARMEN (PASSION) G. Bizet / Rodion Shchedrin Miroslav Kůra
05 CINDERELLA Film Sergey Prokofiev Miroslav Kůra
06 CINDERELLA Sergey Prokofiev Konstantin Sergeyev

The Tales of Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach, orchestral arrangements:
John Lanchbery

Peter Darell
08 LE CORSAIRE pas de deux Riccardo Drigo Marius Petipa
09 THE CREATION OF THE WORLD Andrey Petrov Miroslav Kůra
10 CYGNE The Dying Swan Camille Saint-Saëns Michail Fokin
11 DON QUIXOTE Ludwig Minkus Marius Petipa
12 DOCTOR FAUSTUS František Škvor Ji┼Öí Bla┼żek
13 LA ESMERALDA pas de deux Cesare Pugni Lubomír Kafka
14 LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE Peter Ludwig Hertel Alicia Alonso
15 GISELLE Adolphe Ch. Adam Marius Petipa, after: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot
16 GRAND PAS CLASSIQUE Daniel Auber Viktor Gsovsky
17 HAIKAI (Presented in Prix de Lausanne) Olivier Messiaen Miroslav Kůra
18 ISTAR (Presented in USA IBC) Bohuslav Martinů Miroslav Kůra
19 LABYRINTH Divine Comedy Jan Hanuš Miroslav K┼»ra
20 LILY Josef Pálení─Źek Miroslav K┼»ra
21 NIGHT SONGS Frédéric Chopin, Karol Szymanowski Conrad Drzewiecki
22 THE NUTCRACKER Peter I. Tchaikovsky Miroslav Kůra, after: Vasily Vainonen
23 MACBETH Václav Riedlbauch Daniel Wiesner
24 PAQUITA Ludwig Minkus Marius Petipa
25 PAS DE QUATRE Cesare Pugni Anton Dolin
26 LA PERI pas de deux Friedrich Burgmülle Jules Perrot
27 PETRUSHKA (Petrouchka) Igor Stravinsky Miroslav Kůra
28 RADÚZ AND MAHULENA Josef Suk Miroslav K┼»ra
29 ROMEO AND JULIET Igor Sergey Prokofiev Miroslav Kůra
30 SATANELLA pas de deux Le Carnaval de Venise Cesare Pugni, Theme: Nicolo Paganini, Marius Petipa
31 THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Peter I. Tchaikovsky Marius Petipa
32 SPARTACUS Aram Khachaturian Ji┼Öí Bla┼żek
33 ŠPALÍ─îEK Bohuslav Martin┼» Miroslav K┼»ra
34 SWAN LAKE Petr I. ─îajkovskij Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov
35 LA SYLPHIDE Jean Schneitzhoeffer Pierre Lacotte
36 LES SYLPHIDES Frédéric Chopin Michail Fokin
37 SYLVIA Léo Delibes László Seregi
38 SYMFONIE IN RE František Václav Mí─Źa Zina Kohoutová
39 TWO PIERROTS (Presented in USA IBC) The Fairey Band Carnival of Venice Lubomír Kafka
40 UR Luboš Fišer, Leoš Janá─Źek Lubomír Kafka

Jana Kurova is the world class prima ballerina who won the following prizes from the world´s greatest competitions: 

  Competition Price Town Country Year
01 Prague Ballet Competition first price Prague Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) 1975
02 Prix de Lausanne
Médaille d´or
(Gold Medal)
Lausanne Switzerland 1976
03 World Ballet Concours in Japan Second Price
Silver Medal
Tokio Japan 1978
04 International Ballet Competition Second Price
Silver Medal
Varna Bulgarian 1978
05 USA International Ballet Competition
Second Price
Silver Medal
Jackson Mississippi, USA 1979
06 USA International Ballet Competition
Best Couple Jackson Mississippi, USA 1979

Prague Ballet Competition   Prix de Lausanne   arna International Ballet Competition   USA International Ballet Competition

Prague Ballet Competition


Prix de Lausanne


Varna International Ballet Competition


USA International Ballet Competition


Gran Gala de las Estrellas de la Danza (1978)

She has performed for Queen Sophia of Spain in " Gran Gala de las Estrellas de la Danza" in Madrid.

All Star Gala (1979)

She made US debut in 1979 in New York. She performed in "All Star Gala" on Broadway at the Beacon Theatre. The performance was presented under patronage of such stars as Sir Rudolf Nureyev, Leonard Bernstein, Lucciano Pavarotti, Elizabeth Taylor, Zubin Mehta, Richard Burton, Suzanne Farrell, Henry Fonda, Arthur Miller, Issac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Ella Fitzgerald and many others famous personalities.

A Gala Performance | The National Ballet of Canada (1980)

She performed with National Ballet of Canada and she took part in the "Gala Performance" together with Natalia Makarova and Peter Martins.

Italian Tour with Carla Fracci (1982)

She toured Italy together with prima ballerina Carla Fracci and her company.

Gala in Italy (1983)

In 1883, she performed in very successful ballet gala performances in Verona in Italy

Festival internacional de ballet de la Habana (1982, 1986)

In the same year she was invited by Alicia Alonso to perform in the ballet production of "La Fille mal gardée" together with The National Ballet of Cuba and later, she was invited again by Alicia Alonso to take part in the International Ballet Festival in Cuba.

Giselle oder Die Wilis | Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (1989-1990)

In 1989 - 1990, she was performing Giselle with Staatsballett Berlin in Germany.

USA Tour (1989-1992)

In 1989 - 1992, she appeared in USA. She was performing in 54 cities (states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Misouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin).

World Ballet Festival in Japan | Presented by Tadatsugu Sasaki (1982, 1998)

She performed several times at the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan together with world famous dancers as Marcia Haydée, Richard Cragun, Eva Evdokimova, Peter Schaufuss, Charles Jude, Carla Fracci, Monique Loudieres, Gil Roman, Sylvie Guillem, Manuel Legris, Isabelle Guérin and many others.

All Star Gala New York La Péri   A Gala Performance The National Ballet of Canada   World Ballet Festival in Japan   World Ballet Festival in Japan

All Star Gala
New York
La Péri


A Gala Performance The National Ballet of Canada


World Ballet Festival in Japan
From left: Peter Schaufuss, Eva Evdokimova, Lubomír Kafka, Jana Kurova, Jorge Donn, Alicia Alonso, Jorge Esquivel, Marcia Haydée, Richard Cragun


World Ballet Festival in Japan
Patrick Dupond, Isabelle Guérin, Katherine Healy a Jana Kurova


New York, USA

"The highlight of the program was presented by Jana Kurova from Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) in the New York premieres of two 19th-century pas de deux. One was from the romantic ballet La Péri while second was drawn from a version of a ballet by Marius Petipa called Satanella. Miss Kurova is well schooled. In her solo, she brought out the choreography´s inventive combination of small step and big leaps. Our thanks for familiarizing the local public with these pas de deux."

Jackson, Mississippi, USA

(Tne Sleeping Beauty – Theatre of the Performing Arts, New Orleans)
The production in the Theatre of the Performing Arts marked Miss Kurova´s first Aurora in the United States. Miss Kurova brings to her performance a grace and balance that are extraordinary. There were moments when the audience applauded her for just standing up.

Virginia, USA

Ur, modern composition, showed the tremendous range of the company. Ur showed us that the interpretational dance group was just as versatile with the more abstract works that makes American ballet so special. In Ur Jana Kurova work with fluid grace and precision.

Berlin, Germany

Technisch glanzed auch Jana Kurova vom Prager National Theater, die Grand pas de deux aus Giselle tanzten. Das hatte klassische linie. Sprungkvaft, Bravour und Charme waven dann in noch höherem Maße im finessen reichen Grand pas de deux aus Don Quixotte zu bewundern.

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