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Pedagogy of Prestige!
Ballet School "Masha Ilieva" is an activity of the non-profit association "The Young Ballet of Bulgaria". Enrollment in the school is done through membership in the Association.
The ballet school provides training and tuition to both professional and non-professional classical dance students.
The groups’ division depends on the age and the level of technique of the students. There are no age limitations for the adult beginners.
Pointe work lessons, contemporary dance lessons, preparation for competitions and festivals, master classes and individual lessons are also being offered.
The school has been established in 1995 as a classical ballet school with the Culture & Arts Center "Sredetz" with the Sofia Municipality.
Since the beginning of the academic 2000 – 2001 the school has become independent private ballet school "Masha Ilieva", with capacity of 70 students. From the very beginning, the school has been attaining its high reputation for the extremely professional education it provides.
The first pedagogues of the school are: Maria Ilieva, Prima Ballerina of the National Ballet and Lyubov Fominih, Prima Ballerina of the Permian and Odessa ballet – Russia, and of the National Ballet – Sofia, at a later stage.
Many young students of the school successfully continue their professional education in the National School of Dance Art and other prestigious schools around the world.
The concerts of the school have not remained unnoticed by the media. Among the performances which have brought highest attention by the public are: "The Nutcracker" – January 1999, "The Puppet Fairy" - June 2000, "The First Christmas" – December 2003, "A Dance Lesson" – March 2004 and "Little Ida’s Flowers" – June , 2004.
Artistic director of the school is Maria /Masha/ Ilieva - primaballerina of Sofia National Opera and Ballet. Aside of her career as a world-class performer, she is also known as a teacher in the National Music Aademy "Pantcho Vladigerov", as well as the creator of the ballet troupe "The young ballet of Bulgaria",
The 2021/2022 School year in Ballet School "Masha Ilieva" starts on September 15th.
Sign up for the school starts on September 15th. Sign up is open until reaching maximum group capacity.
To sign up the student must be at least 3 years old (no age limit). The age, the physical capacities and/or the level of knowledge and technique of the newly enlisted students is taken into consideration when defining the distribution in groups.
Groups are divided by age and level of education. No age limits.
We offer preparation for competitions in classical and contemporary dance.
Consultations before applying to NUTI, NMA, NBU, NATFIZ and others.
The training includes participations in 2 stage performances of the school, as well as participations in concert programs and TV broadcasts.
Every year, in September, an intensive course in classical ballet is being carried out, led by and with the participation of famous ballet artists and pedagogues, both from Bulgaria and from abroad.
What does our ballet training offer to our students?
1. Total body conditioning, correct development and proper usage of all the body muscules.
2. Development of the personal talents.
3. Education in artistic beauty, ear for music, and refinement of the social behaviour.
4. Tuition provided by famous ballet pedagogues.
The Training Process
The academic hour lasts 60 minutes. The training process runs according to a schedule, in conformity with the age and level of the students. It comprises:
General body conditioning exercises and development of the physical potential of the students;
Classical dance workout;
Pointe work exercises;
Preparation for competitions.
The school offers training in groups 2 or 3 times per week, as well as private and individual lessons.
The age, the physical capacities and/or the level of knowledge and technique of the newly enlisted students is taken into consideration when defining the distribution in groups.
Beginners - from the age of 3 to the age of 5.
1st level - from the age of 4 to the age of 6 .
2nd level - from the age of 5 to the age of 8.
3rd level - from the age of 7 to the age of 9.
4th level - from the age of 8 to the age of 12.
Аdvanced level - starting from the age of 10.
Professional level - starting from the age of 15.
It is important to know that ballet education cannot be realised without physical contact. Physical contact is neccessary considering that the teacher is there to aid the right development and execution of the exercises and to make the neccessary adjustments when needed!
At present highly qualified pedagogues work in the school, who had been assigned by means of a special selection, in conformity with the levels of the students.
Maria (Masha) Ilieva, also the Artistic Manager of the school - Prima Ballerina of the National Opera, a lecturer in the Academy of Music "P.Vladigerov", a Director of the National Ballet in Sofia for the period 2001 – 2003, nominated as "The Best Pedagogue" for 2000. Masha also has made a brilliant job as the person, who founded the "Young Ballet of Bulgaria" group.
Nadezhda Zdravkova - Soloist of Arabesque Modern Dance Theater, a ballet pedagogue and master with the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts (NATFA).
Angelina Gavrilova - Leading soloist at ballet "Arabesque".
Tatyana Andonova - graduated choreographer at St. Petersburg Conservatory
Guest teachers for professional level classes:
Elena Andrienko - leading soloist of Bolshoi Theatre
Nikola Hadzhitanev - leading soloist of Sofia National Opera and Ballet, ballet class and repertoire Katerina Petrova - leading soloist of Sofia National Opera and Ballet, ballet class and repertoire Tsetso Ivanov - leading soloist of Sofia National Opera and Ballet, ballet class and repertoire Rossen Kanev - leading soloist of Sofia National Opera and Ballet, ballet class and repertoire
Additional workshops and masterclasses with teachers from USA, Russia, Germany and others throughout the school year.
The monthly fees are due within the last 10 days of the previous month.
The fee for an individual lesson is due prior the beginning of the lesson.
The fee for a private lesson is due prior the beginning of the lesson.
Student participation in competitions
1st International ballet competition "Little Stars", Sofia 2009
First Place - Ralitsa Ilieva
2nd International ballet competition "Little Stars", Sofia 2011
Third Place - Ralitsa Ilieva
3rd International ballet competition "Little Stars", Sofia 2013
First Place - Ralitsa Ilieva
National competition "Anastas Petrov", Dobritch 2014
Grand Prix - Ralitsa Ilieva
International Ballet Competition Varna, 2014
Third distinction, youths - Ralitsa Ilieva
March 21-23rd, World ballet competition, Sibiu, Romania
Roumelina Diltcheva - 5th place and scholarship for a workshop in Orlando, USA
March 30th, 9th National Festival „The Rhythm in my Heart”, Sofia 2015
First Place, Classical ballet - Roumelina Diltcheva, Lora Nikolaeva and Alexander Boytchev
Second Place - Darina Bozhilova, Vasilena Baykova, Andrea Ivanova, „Polka” group dance
Third Place - character dance – „Sirtaki” – Yuliya Shalamanova
Fifth Place - Mina Takanova
First Place, Contemporary dance - Roumelina Diltcheva
„Overall performance” - second place - BS "Masha Ilieva"
May 4th, 8th Arts Competition „Talent rainbow”, Plovdiv 2015
First Place - Lora Nikolaeva
Second Place - Stefaniya Arsova
July 9-12th – 4th International Ballet Compatition "Little Stars", Sofia 2015
First Place - Kalina Petkova, Roumelina Diltcheva, Niya-Mariya Apostolova
Second Place – Yoanna Radkova
Third Place – Mila Stankova
Second division award - Elitsa Dotchevska
October 28th – November 1st, YAGP semi-finals, Paris
Second Place – Roumelina Diltcheva
November 6-8th, Dimitrovgrad, Youths Dance Competition
Audience award - Elitsa Dotchevska
March 15 -19th, Bari, Italy 2016
First Place, classical ballet solo – Roumelina Diltcheva,
Second Place, contemporary dance – Roumelina Diltcheva
Top 5 Diploma - Mila Stankova
March 20th, 10th National Festival „The Rhythm in my Heart”, Sofia 2016
First Place, classical ballet solo - Roumelina Diltcheva
April 21-30th – YAGP finals, New York 2016
Diploma and scholarship - Roumelina DIltcheva
Clothing and dancing attire
Parents and students are responsible for ensuring costumes, dance attire and ballet shoes.
Costumes in the school's wardrobe are rentable and for sale.