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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.
Jana Kurova danced leading roles in all major ballets including:
Jana Kurova is the world class prima ballerina who won the following prizes from the world´s greatest competitions:
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.
NEW YORK TIMES
"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 DAILLY NEWS
(Tne Sleeping Beauty – Theatre of the Performing Arts, New Orleans)
DAILY NEWS RECORD
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.
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.