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Judges of the 5th Edition:

The Jury of AmsterDans is made up of international dance professionals who come on behalf of various prominent institutions including schools, studios and companies. They are able to offer scholarships, choreographic opportunities and other important prizes so that the most talented dancers will be able to have enriching experiences after the competition.


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Simona Ferrazza
Simona Ferrazza

Simona followed her ballet education at the National Ballet Academy in Rome and graduated from the Royal Ballet School of London. She entered the English National Ballet,  as corps de ballet and was promoted to Demi Soloist. After eight years with the English company, Simona joined the Dutch National Ballet, where she extended her classical repertoire to the neo-classical and modern pieces that characterize this company, such as Balanchine, Hans Van Manen, Ted Brandsen, David Dawson, Krzysztof Pastor. After leaving the stage, she followed the Vaganova Course and in 2012 started teaching at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. Simona has taught as a guest teacher for several schools in Europe and represented the Dutch National Academy as a judge in multiple competitions.


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Gaia Lemmi
Gaia Lemmi

Gaia is Co-Director of AmsterDans, Director of Livorno in Danza and AREADANZA Arts Center.  She is a jury member of many competitions in Italy and abroad. She leads masterclasses and seminars in ballet and contemporary in several dance centers, academies and programs in Italy, Brazil, Russia, Malta, Spain and Greece. She is licensed to educate and grant diplomas on behalf of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) to new dance teachers in Ballet and Modern-Contemporary.



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Philip Taylop
Philip Taylor

Philip danced with  London Contemporary Dance Theater and NDT2 before becoming principal dancer at Nederlands Dans Theater. Philip was Artistic Director of Das Ballett Augsburg, and Ballett Theater München  in Germany. As a choreographer has worked with Gautier Dance Company, Stuttgart,
Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe, Stadisches Buhne Giesen, SommerBlutFestival Köln, Dancing Forward Valencia Spain and many others.Philip works presently as an international freelance dance artist based in München, rehearsal director for Kylian Productions International, Artistic Adviser and permanent/guest teacher at Artez Dans Academy, The Netherlands.


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Stéphen Delattre
Stéphen Delattre

Stéphen, director of Delattre Dance Company in Mainz, Germany, trained in his native France and went on to dance as a soloist in a number of different companies. He danced in a wide range of both classical and contemporary works, by choreographers including Balanchine, Forsythe, Galili, Perljocaj, Goecke, and many others. As a teacher he has taught in Paris at Studio Harmonic / Marseille at National Superior Dance School (France), Busan Dance Festival (Corea), Kielce Dance Theatre (Poland), Rome at PAC Studio (Italy), in Mainz at Tanzraum / Stuttgart (Germany), and at Codarts in Rotterdam, and numerous other schools, companies and studios. He has choreographed many works as a guest choreographer and also for his own company.


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Casey Herd
Casey Herd

Casey Herd danced with American Ballet Theatre and with both Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam as principal dancer. After leaving the Dutch National Ballet in 2016 he began a career as an international guest artist and teacher. Mr. Herd founded the initiative Ballet Rising, which focuses on the stories of people around the world whose passion for classical ballet is redefining its culture and elevating ballet as a truly global art form


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Zahira Mous - Critic's Prize

Zahira Mous

Zahira Mous is a choreographer, performer, coach, and writer in dance. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Oklahoma (US). Zahira’s choreographic works  have been shown in the US, the Netherlands, Brazil, India, and Greece with her dance theater company Project Zahira. She ran a dance education program for at-risk and underserved youths called Changing Lives Through Dance and is the founder of an NGO, the Healing Arts Foundation. Zahira developed the improvisation based movement method called Art in Motion, which she facilitates worldwide; most recently via an online project in Palestine. And in February 2022, Zahira is an invited artist-in-residence in Spain at JOYA AIR to create a new performance work.