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JUDGES

KIDC 2023 Judges

In order to ensure that the competition is impartial and transparent, KIDC changes its judges every year. This also provides the added benefit of allowing participants to be judged from a new perspective each year.

  • Michael Shannon

    Michael Shannon

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    Shannon was trained on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet, the National Ballet School of Canada, and the Hungarian State Ballet Academy. Discovered by the Bolshoi at 16, he was the “First American Graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.”

    Shannon was a Principal Dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet, Hungarian State Opera Ballet, and Kremlin Palace Ballet Theatre, with commendations from President Bush and President Clinton, and has performed for President and Mrs. Gorbachev, President Nazarbayev, and President and Mrs. Ford to name a few.

    He is a National Endowment for the Arts Awardee, and Two-time Laureate and Medal winner of International Ballet Competitions in Paris, France, and Budapest, Hungary. He was Director and Chief Choreographer of the shortly revived Russian Imperial Theatre of Opera and Ballet under the Patronage of Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanov.

    Shannon was co-Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of Russiches Kammertheater Berlin, and awarded Professor of Choreography from the Ukrainian State Academy of Ballet in 1999, and YAGP Outstanding Choreographer in 2008.

    In 2008, he became Resident Choreographer for America’s Configuration Dance Theatre, awarded Artvoice Best Dance Company in 2008, 2009, and 2010. From 2010 until 2014 he was Artistic Director and chief choreographer of the Royal Ballet School Antwerp.

    Since 2014 he resides in Tokyo, Japan and is a Choreographer and Master Teacher for Architanz. In October 2016 he created choreographed and directed a new 2 act contemporary ballet “Midnight in Paris,” for the Vanemuine Ballet Company in Tartu, Estonia, and in December 2016 he created and choreographed “Dui Dao,” a new 1 act contemporary ballet for the Beijing Dance Academy 3rd year Bachelor degree program.
  • Teet Kask

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    DIRECTOR-CHOREOGRAPHER

    Teet Kask, whose most recent productions include Louis XIV - The Sun King at Estonian National Ballet, Anna Karenina and Swan Lake at Balletto di Milano, is a choreographer of international recognition. He has worked at Estonian National Opera and Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet. He has MA Choreography from famous LABAN - City University of London. Kask’s oeuvre consists of more than fifty dance performances. He has become widely recognized as a unique artist/choreographer/tutor synthesizing classical and contemporary dance. From 2021 September Kask has been appointed by Estonian Ministry of Education as a Creative Director for Ballet and Contemporary Dance at new state music and dance school MUBA.
  • Kimiho HULBERT

    Kimiho HULBERT

  • HYEONGIL JEONG

    HYEONGIL JEONG

  • SERGIO TORRADO

    SERGIO TORRADO

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    Born in Madrid, he studied at the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory in Madrid and at the San Francisco Ballet School. During his years at the School, he was awarded 1st Prizes in various national competitions, a silver medal at the International Competition in Havana (1996) and awarded as a Young Promise at the Vignale Festival, Italy (1996).

    In his professional career, he has been a Solo Dancer at San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and Principal Dancer at Pensylvannia Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flandes, Altoo Ballet and Finnish National Ballet, in which he has danced numerous ballets by Balanchine, Roland Petit, Cranko, Tetley , Robbins, Van Manen, McMillan, Tharp and other prestigious choreographers.

    He has worked as a guess teacher at schools such as Central Youth Pennsylvania Ballet, The Rock School and Carmen Roche among others and works as a resident teacher in Valladolid Professional Dance Conservatory.

    In 2010 he worked in Hollywood as Natalie Portman's partner in the Black Swan movie.
  • Koichi Omae

    Koichi Omae

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    Born in Japan (Gero, Gifu pref.) on September 27th, 1979
    Studied classic ballet at Osaka University of Arts. Omae mastered contemporary dance techniques and choreography methods in full-scale there, coming under the spotlight while in school. At age 24, shortly after starting a career as a professional dancer, his left leg below the knee was amputated due to car accident. There onwards, he took in movements from a wide range of genre including yoga, martial arts, rhythmic sportive gymnastics, etc, in order to continue dancing with a single leg. He managed to build up a unique, one-and-only dance style by devising the length of the artificial leg adjusted to each dance piece. In 2009, by collaorating with Noh actor Reijiro Tsumura in the piece produced by a world renowned choreographer Alessio Silvestrin, presented as a part of Cerulean Tower Noh Theater’s regular performance, came to prominence as an enchanting amputated dancer.
    In 2010, he was given Rookie of the Year Award and Osaka Governor’s Award in performance arts at Naniwa Performing Arts Festival hosted by Japan Western Dance Association.
    Omae is expanding his field by participating as a guest dancer in numerous traditional stages abroad such as in Tallin and Prague. He was also appointed as a brand ambassador for the major ballet-goods company Chacott’s new product “Tripure”.
    Between 2015-2016, being featured in numerous NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) documentaries, he gained prominence with his one of a kind performance as a dancer beyond comparison.
    Omae also performed solo at the Rio Paralympics closing ceremony in Sept., 2017, as the baton was passed to Tokyo. There he exhibited four continuous back handsprings with his single leg.
    In December 2016, he was invited to an event to pump up Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games organized by Japan’s prestigious singer AI, where he performed solo at the Nippon Budokan.
  • Satoshi Mitsui

    Satoshi Mitsui

Information will be updated as needed.

Study abroad support team

Support is charged. For details, please contact the KIDC secretariat.
(Support team does not judge the dance competition)

  • Azat Gharibyan

    Coordinator of Studying Aboard

    Azat Gharibyan

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    Started learning folk dance from Armenia at the age of 4. Joined Armenia's National Ballet Academy at the age of 8.Graduated from Waganova Ballet Academy in year 1999. Performed in National Ballet Company of Armenia, Czech, and Maliba as a soliste. Received a gold medal in Italian International Competition.
    Became the Top Invigilator of Fukuoka in the 10th "The Ballet-Con Award". Also became the 58th, 66th, and 78th Best Invigilator in NAMUE Classic Ballet Contest. Designed a charity show with the Armenia Embassy. Head of Gharibyan Ballet Academy, Gharibyan Krounk Dance Company and Ballet Aplomb.
  • Ken Ueo

    Helper of Studying Abroad

    Ken Ueo

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    As the helper of studying abroad, helps the student by coordinating with the school in multiple countries and helps the start of a new school year at a new school. From personal experience of him studying abroad in Germany, he provides support for studying abroad and also language. Recently, he's been teaching English and German in universities and multiple companies. Worked as a translator. Ken Ueno is from Fukuoka, Japan, and graduated Kobe University of Foreign Studies.
  • Masaya Yamashita

    Helper of Studying Abroad

    Masaya Yamashita

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    Studied abroad to Australia at the age of 15. After graduating from a high school in Australia started to being engaged in music.
    In 2005, started own English school in hometown and went abroad to New Zealand to see more of the world in 2011. Supported oversea students from all over the world in New Zealand.
    After coming back to Japan, started a very first private providing after school child care in KAMA city.
    Taking actions inside and outside of the country with the students.

Classic Category

  • Michael Shannon
  • Andre Orlov

KIDC 2021 Judges

  • Michael Shannon
  • Alessio Silvestrin
  • Aleksandr Buber
  • Emi Hariyama
  • Andrei Orlov
  • Kimiho HULBERT
  • Koichi Omae
  • Naoki Inui

KIDC 2020 Judges

  • Mio Kondo
  • Michel Faigaux
  • Michael Shannon
  • Ayumi Shiraishi
  • Yoko Koike
  • Emi Hariyama
  • Sankai Juku Semimaru
  • Koichi Omae
  • Naoko Matsuda

KIDC 2019 Judges

  • Michael Shannon
  • Rafael Avnikjan
  • Sonoko Sugimoto
  • Michel Faigaux
  • Yoon Sun Hyung
  • Sankai Juku Semimaru
  • Christopher L. Huggins
  • Yoko Koike
  • Soh Soo Ji
  • Tomohiko Tsujimoto

KIDC 2018 Judges

  • Svetlana Assoulyak Mikhairovna
  • Rafael Avnikjan
  • Michael Shannon
  • Sonoko Sugimoto
  • Claude Gamba
  • Yoko Koike
  • Soh Soo Ji
  • Yuko Hirai
  • Daniela Rapisarda
  • Alessandro Vacc

KIDC 2017 Judges

  • Svetlana Assoulyak Mikhairovna
  • Mihoko Maihara
  • Dai Sasaki
  • Sonoko Sugimoto
  • Yoko Koike
  • Soh Soo Ji
  • Cai Xiaoqiang
  • Daisuke Ito
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