A summer of Dance for Amateurs & Professionals
Summerschool Den Haag
Teachers 2019

MIKAELA POLLEY
Rambert / Birmingham Royal Ballet

International guest teacher and choreographer, former soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert, and ex Rehearsal Director with Rambert.
Mikaela joined Rambert as a dancer in 2001. She danced works by a.o. Jirí Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Merce Cunningham, Christopher Bruce, Rafael Bonachela, Hans van Manen.

In 2008 she made the transition to full-time Rehearsal Director and stager at Rambert. She fulfilled this role for 10 years. Currently Mikaela is an international teacher a.o at the Summer Intensive of The Royal Ballet School in 2018 and in the Netherlands at Summerschool Den Haag in 2019

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YEVGENIY KOLESNYK
Royal Ballet Flanders

Yevgeniy was accepted into the Ukrainian National Ballet School at the age of 10 and trained there until he was invited to join The Kiev Ballet at the age of 18. He joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders as a half soloist in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2002, first soloist in 2005 and principal in 2013.

As a dancer he has enjoyed working with such choreographers as Kylian, Balanchine, Haydée, Forsythe, Elo, Spuck, Godani, Fonte, Dawson, McGregor and many others. He has been awarded three gold medals, “Best Dancer” and best solo at international ballet competitions in Brazil, Russia and the Ukraine.

MARK BALDWIN OBE
Former Rambert Artistic Director & Choreographer

Mark Baldwin is a multi-award winning artist, dancer and choreographer. He served as Artistic Director of Rambert for 15 years, during which time he spear-headed the capital campaign for Rambert's new building on the South Bank, which the company now inhabits as headquarters for the numerous seasonal performances both nationally and internationally.
He commissioned over 60 works, both new and revivals, for the Rambert dancers. The high calibre of his artistic directorship, won him the TMA Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance. Other awards include a.o. Bonnie Bird Choreographic Award, Dance Artist Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution to Dance, Olivier Award and in 2016 he was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his service to dance.

Mark danced a.o. with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Ballet Rambert. He was a founding member of New Zealand’s iconic Limbs Dance Company, resident choreographer at Sadler’s Wells with the Mark Baldwin Dance Company and created works for his own and other major dance companies: The Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Scottish Ballet, London City Ballet and Rambert.

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MIRELLA SIMONCINI
Artistic Director Summerschool Den Haag

Mirella Simoncini received her education at the Royal Balletschool of Antwerp and Nederlands Dans Theater (Young talent class by Ivan Kramar). She is the owner of STUDIO SIMONCINI home of her international private school Balletschool Mabel Alter and Summerschool Den Haag.

She works as an independent international teacher for companies and schools. Mirella has been a guest teacher for Britain’s national dance company Rambert, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Wayne McGregor's Random Dance, SALLY Dance Company Maastricht and De Dutch Junior Dance Division based in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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VIRGINIA HENDRICKSEN
Royal Ballet Flanders

Virgina Hendricksen received her training from Kingwood Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater and Houston Ballet Academy. She joined Ballett Frankfurt at the age of 19 under the direction of William Forsythe, and enjoyed dancing his well-known pieces such as In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated, The Second Detail and Artifact. Following her time at the Ballett Frankfurt, Virginia worked as a freelance dancer for the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater until she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2005. She has danced feature roles in pieces by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, William Forsythe, David Dawson and Jiří Kylián.
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EMANOUELA MERDJANOVA
Dutch National Ballet

Emanouela Merdjanova, received her education at the State Choreografic School (Sofia, Bulgaria). She danced with the Sofia Opera and Ballet, the Jeune Ballet de France and the Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse. In 2002, she joined Dutch National Ballet. In order to challenge herself further, she switched to the Finnish National Ballet in 2012, returning a year and a half later as a grand sujet to the Dutch National Ballet, which she calls her ‘home’. In 2012 she was promoted to soloist.

Emanouela won the Anastras Petrov Award and a special prize at the famous ballet competition in Varna, Bulgaria.
She has been a guest teacher at Summerschool Den Haag 2016 and again in 2019.