David Makhateli

International Guest Teacher, Choreographer

Mr. Makhateli is a co-founder and Artistic Director of D&D Art Productions, the Grand Audition, D&D Intensive Ballet Masterclass programme in Barcelona (Spain), Tokyo / Osaka (Japan), Panama City (Panama). With D&D company, he organised numerous International Ballet Galas and Festivals worldwide, among them: “Meet the Stars”, “Nureyev and Friends”, “La Nuit des Etoiles”, “Stars with Maya Plisetskaya”, “Kremlin Ballet Festival” and other.


​Graduate of the Royal Ballet School and Former Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, he has performed allover the world including Russia, Japan, throughout in Europe, United States, Brazil, Cuba, China, Korea, Panama, Georgia and in United Kingdom for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family.  Mr. Makhateli is invited Guest Teacher of the Royal Ballet, Opéra National de Paris, Het National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux, Swedish Royal Ballet.



• 1992, Prix de Lausanne

• 1992, Moscow International Diaghilev Ballet Competition

• 1997, Paris International Ballet Competition


Daria Makhateli
D&D Art Productions, ex-Principal Dancer of the Finnish National Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet.

Graduate of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2005 (class of Prof. Tatiana Udalenkova), she joined the Mariinsky Theatre the same year. Daria Makhateli performed with Mariinsky Theatre Soloist and Principal roles on Mariinsky Stage, as well as on Stages of the top and prestiges theatres worldwide on tours with Mariinsky  and as a guest; UK, USA, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Singapore among other places. In 2014 Daria Makhateli was invited by Kenneth Greve to join Finnish National Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Daria Makhateli is a recipient of the “Golden Sofit” award for the best female role in the ballet “Meek One” choreographed by Donvena Pandoursky (2007). Daria was invited guest ballerina of Asami Maki Ballet in Tokyo, Japan.


Daria Makhateli is a co-founder director of the D&D Art Productions and the Grand Audition (First International Ballet Audition Platform which took place for the first time in 2016). 


Grigory Chicherin

Senior Docent with Dutch National Ballet Academy

The Vaganova Ballet Academy, grauduate 1989. 2004 – 2008 The pedagogical department at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, where he received his degree in Art of Ballet, Ballet Pedagogy. Engagements: 1989 – 1994 The Kirov Ballet; 1994 - 2005 Het National Ballet. Mr. Chicherin danced soloist roles in numerous ballets of the classical and the modern repertoire. In 2001 Mr. Chicherin joined the faculty of the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam and was promoted to senior docent in 2011. Since 2009 he has also been a guest teacher of the Marinsky Ballet and the International Mariinsky Ballet Festival, which gathers the world’s greatest dancers to St. Petersburg every spring. In 2013 he was the lecturer of the extensive professional teachers’ course organized by the National Ballet Academy and the Dutch National Ballet. Grigory has been invited to teach in the Ballettschule Theater Basel, the Ballett-Akademie of the University of Music and performing Arts Munich, various international galas, Youth American Grand Prix, Summer Stages Andrey Klemm, ‘Je monte sur Scene’ in Toulouse and ‘Intensive Ballet MasterClass’ in Brussels.  

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Photo by David Herrero

Luca Masala

Artistic Director of the Académie Princesse Grace


Luca Masala studied at the School of La Scala in Milan, at the School of American Ballet in New York and at the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance in Monaco.

At the age of 17, he joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and later for a year with Pierre Lacotte at the Ballet National de Nancy where he played key roles in Lacotte’s choreographies and choreographies of Antonio Gades, José Limón, Jirí Kylián, Ulysses Dove, Balanchine.
In 1992, he moved to the Wiesbaden Staatstheater in Germany under the direction of Ben van Cauwenbergh where he was involved in several works such as Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and many abstract pieces. He also worked with Peter Schaufuss on his Sylphide. In 1995, he joined the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich under the direction of Konstanze Vernon as guest soloist dancer. A month later, he became a member of the company. In 2000, he left the Bavarian company for Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse, where he became Maître de ballet for the Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse assisting many choreographers. He was choreographer and assistant to the director Pet Halmen for the creation of the opera Faust at the Opéra National de Paris (2010).

In 2009, he was appointed Director of the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco.

Since then he has been a member of the jury of the Youth American Grand Prix in the USA, Japan, Italy, France, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. He was member or jury (representing Monaco, in Varna Competition in 2014 and will be member of jury of Prix de Lausanne 2016. He was awarded the "Giuliana Penzi" prize for his career and the "Premio Roma 2011 Jia Ruskaja".

On 19 November 2011, he was appointed by HRH the Crown Prince to the rank of Knight of the Order of Cultural Merit.


Akane Takada

Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet

Japanese dancer Akane Takada is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She danced with the Company on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship in 2008 and in 2009 entered the Company as an Artist. She was promoted to First Artist in 2010, Soloist in 2011, First Soloist in 2014 and Principal in 2016.

Takada was born in Tokyo and trained at Hiromi Takahashi Ballet Studio and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In the 2008 Prix de Lausanne she won Audience Choice Award in addition to her scholarship with The Royal Ballet.


Ernst Meisner is choreographer and since 2013 the artistic coordinator of Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company. He danced with The Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.

During his dance carrier Meisner started choreographing. Since joining Dutch National Ballet, he has choreographed several works for the company, including Saltarello (2012), And after we were (2011), The little big chest(2011) – a ballet for young children. In 2013 he created Study in Six, to music by Jude Vaclavik, for the New York Choreographic Institute. Furthermore he created dance pieces for dance films made by Crystal Ballet and made the choreography for Bounden, a dance game/App by GameOven Studios. Meisner created Axiom of Choice (2014) for Dutch National Ballet, for the programme Back to Bach, and the duet Merge (2016) for the Holland Festivalprogramme Transatlantic. For the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet his choreography includes Embers (2013), Lollapalooza (2013) and No Time Before Time (2016). With Marco Gerris he created the much praised ‘hiphop meets ballet’ production Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2015) a co-production between the Dutch National Ballet Junior Company and ISH and GRIMM (2018). For Made in Amsterdam, danced by Dutch National Ballet,  he created In Transit (2017) and in 2018 Impermanence premiered.



  • 1999, Eurovision Grand Prix for Young Dancers, representing the Netherlands

  • 1999, Incentive Award, Dansersfonds '79

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Léonore Baulac

Danseuse Étoile à l'Opéra National de Paris


Léonore Baulac, was born in Paris. At the age of four started dancing at the Saint-Cloud 5 conservatory. In 2005, at the age of 15, Léonore Baulac was accepted to the Paris Opera Ballet School. In 2008 she was accepted to Paris Opera Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet and danced in most of the productions of the Paris Opera repertory. 


Léonore was promoted to coryphée on November 9, 2013 after having interpreted a variation extract from "In the middle somewhat elevated"by William Forsythe. Benjamin Millepied, director at the time chose Léonore (May 2014) to dance in his creation of Daphnis and Chloé where she interpreted the role of Lycénion. In 2014 she was promoted to “Sujet” at the end of the annual ballet promotion competition of the Opéra and in November 2015 was promoted to “First Dancer”. 


On December 31st 2016, after her debut in the role of Odette / Odile in "Swan Lake” Léonore was named “Etoile”  by Aurélie Dupont - Directrice of the Paris Opera Ballet.