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Letní program - Jana KĹŻrová
Founder of the United Ballet Artists
Artistic Director of the Summer Ballet Program & JK Master Ballet School
Former Principal Dancer of the Czech National Ballet

Teacher, Ballet Mistress and Choreographer

Jana Kurova is a distinguished artist of Czech ballet. Prima Ballerina with the ballet company of the Prague National Theatre from 1977 to 1991. She was born in Prague, where she graduated from the Prague State Conservatoire of Music and Dance, with highest honours, with the performance of „Giselle“ and „Ur“ at the National Theatre. She also studied at the Bolshoi Academy of Ballet and Choreography in Moscow. She was successful in many prestigious international ballet competitions all around the world (winner of the Ballet Competition in Prague, Prix de Lausanne, IBC in Varna and IBC inTokyo). She was also the first Czech female who won an USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. 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 (Switzerland, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Turkey, USA, China). She created the choreography for 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 is a founder of the Prague Ballet Gala, Summer Ballet Program, JK Master Ballet School and co-founder Pre-School Ballet Program. 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 distinguished personalities of ballet world

Queen Sofia of Spain   Rudolf Nureyev   Fernando Bujones   Vladimir Malakhov   Ivan Vasiljev
Queen Sofia of Spain   Rudolf Nureyev   Fernando Bujones   Vladimir Malakhov   Ivan Vasiljev


Letní program - Gregor Hatala
Former Principal Dancer of the Vienna State Opera Ballet
Founder VIBE – Vienna International Ballet Experience


Gregor Hatala born in Vienna, His father, Milan Hatala, himself a ballet master of the Vienna State Opera for almost 30 years, became his major teacher, while his mother, Christine Hatala, directs the families own private ballet school.
In 1990, Gregor Hatala became the youngest member of the Vienna State Opera Ballet and was promoted principal dancer in 2000. The season of 1994/95 he danced with Boston Ballet and was a permanent principal guest artist with the Hungarian and Slovakian National Theatres from 1999 to 2004.
Starting from 2003 to 2008 he organized of the „Gala di Danza“ within the „Festival dei Due Mondi“ in Spoleto, Italy. From 2009 until 2019 he was chairman of the „Association Vienna State Opera Ballet” for which he organized ballet performances & company tours. From 2011 to 2017 Gregor Hatala was President of the Austrian Dance Council and organized the "Ballet Days" festival in Vienna for 4 years. In 2013 he became teacher at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität and in 2014 Guest Balletmaster at the Slovakian National Theatre and Hungarian National Ballet. After 25 years of professional dancing, Gregor Hatala, gave his farewell performance at the Vienna State Opera as prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan´s "Mayerling" in December 2014.
In 2015, he founded VIBE – Vienna International Ballet Experience, the first international dance competition for dancers with and without disabilities, held in Austria, Korea and Australia.
In 2018, he was awarded the “Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst 1.Klasse“ by the president of the Republic of Austria.
Gregor Hatala has choreographed for the Vienna Volksoper, the Spoleto Festival, the Istanbul Music Festival, as well as the „Midsummernights Concert 2011 & 2012“ of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Valery Gergiev & Gustavo Dudamel respectively.
For many years he has been a guest teacher in various companies and ballet academies and jury member in dance competitions around the world.

   © Ballet Summer Program 2019 Student: Nicol Kašíková


 © Ballet Summer Program 2019 Student: Anna Marie MaĹ™áková  Photo:
© Wr.Staatsballett-Zeininger


Letní program - David Galstyan
Former Principal Dancer of the Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse.


Davit Galstyan was trained in classical dance at the National Ballet School of Armenia in Yerevan. In 2001 he participated at the Prix de Lausanne and obtained The Nureyev´s scholarship to continue his training at the Royal Ballet School in England where he distributed in the works of this prestigious dance company and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He graduated from this school three years later to be hired at the Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse. His repertoire includes: "La Bayadére" (chor. Marius Petipa), "La Sylphide" (chor. August Bournonville), "Le Corsaire Grand Pas de deux" and full-length ballet "Don Quixote" (chor. Nanette Glushak), "Taming of the Shrew" (chor. John Cranko), "Tarantella Pas de deux", "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux" (chor. George Balanchine), also "Carmen" (chor. Davide Bombana), "Por vos muero" (chor. Nacho Duato) and "Paganini" (chor. Benjamin Millepied). He is performing in "Sinfonietta" and "Petite Mort" of JiĹ™í Kylian, "Beethoven 7" (chor. Uwe Scholz), "Nine Sinatra Songs" (chor. Twyla Tharp) and also famous work of Ben van Cauwenbergh "Les Bourgeois" and many others.

Les Bourgeois Fotografie | Photo: © Petr Šolar


La Sylphide Fotografie | Photo: © Petr Šolar


Les Bourgeois Fotografie | Photo: © Petr Šolar


Korzár | Le Corsaire Fotografie | Photo: © Petr Šolar

Photo: © Petr Šolar



Letní program - Petra Skrýpalová
Graduate with Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava
Teacher in the INDANCE Dance School in Prague


Petra Skýpalová graduated with Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava, Czech Repblic. At present she is a student of the HAMU (The Academy of performing Arts in Prague – Music and Dance Faculty). She studied also sports gymnastics, aerobics, ballet, modern and contemporary dance. Petra is a Guest Artist in the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and Karlin Music Theatre. She cooperated with Natasha Novotna and Lenka Vágnerová on Summer Lab 2018. She also attended many workshops with Czech and foreign artists. She is currently a lecturer at the INDANCE Dance School in Prague and since 2020 she has been co-operating with Jana KĹŻrová on the Summer Ballet Program in Prague.




Letní program - Petr Strnad
Former Soloist of the Czech National Ballet


Petr Strnad is soloist of the Czech National Ballet in Prague.
He was born in Ústí nad Orlicí and begins dancing at the Primary School of Arts in Ĺ˝amberk. From 1998 to 2006, at the age of 11, he continues his training at the Prague Dance Conservatoire.
He represented the school on stages at home and abroad (Bratislava, Valenciennes, Magdeburg, Fürth), dancing the Prince, Bluebird and Cavalier in „The Sleeping Beauty“ (choreography: J. Slavický after M. Petipa), the duet in „Suite en blanc“ (choreography: S. Lifar), Pas de deux in the ballet „The Flower Festival in Genzano“ (choreography: A. Bournonville), Pas de six in „La Emeralda“ and also appeared in the choreographies „Lucky Seven“ (T. Rychetský, D. Stránský), „Bolero“ (P. Zuska), „Talking to Frida“ (J. Kodet), „Polovtsian Dances“ (J. Slavický after M. Fokin), „Trojan Games“ (R. North), „Double Role – solo“ (A. Drapalíková), „Lachian Dances“ (L. Hynková), „Valachian Games“ (J. and B. Muchka).
After graduating from the Prague Dance Conservatoire in 2006, he became a member of the Czech National Ballet. In 2009 he was named a „Demi-Soloist“ and two years later a „Soloist“.
His classical repertoire includes leading roles: Lensky in „Onegin“ (choreography: J. Cranko), Gurn in „La Sylphide“, 1st variation, Pas de six and Tarantella from the „Napoli“ (choreography: F. Andersen after A. Bournonville), Roderigo in „Othello“, Mercutio in „Romeo and Juliet“ and the Friend of the Prince in „Cinderella“ (choreography: J.Ch. Maillot). His modern repertoire, includes choreographies by JiĹ™í Kylián „Sinfonietta“, „Petite Mort“, „Last Touch“; Mats Ek – „Carmen“; Petr Zuska „Le sacre du printemps“, „BREL – VYSOTSKY – KRYL“ / „Solo for Three“, „D.M.J. 1953–1977“, „Maria’s Dream“, „Symphony No. 1 in D major“, „A Little Extreme“, „Little Touch of the Last Extreme“; Jan Kodet „Goldilocks“, „Duel“; „Johan Greben and Uri Ivgi – Santa Says Cut It!“; Zuzana Šimáková „Six Halves of a Human“; Hana TureÄŤková „The Little Prince“.
In 2005, he participates in the Summer Masterclasses with Cyril Atanassoff and in 2021, he was teaching in the Summer Ballet Program in Prague together with Jana Kurova.
He has won several prizes at international ballet competitions: Prix Carpeaux (2004 - Valenciennes, 3rd prize in the Pre-Professional category, 2006 – 2nd place in the Pas de deux category), Brno International Ballet Competition (2006 – 4th place with a Merit Award).


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