Nino Graziano Luca (Italy)
President, founder, and artistic Director of the National historical dance company, a cultural Association dedicated to the study and dissemination of historical dance from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.
After graduating from the Academy of Theater and Dance in Catania with honours, in 1990 Nino began searching for manuals and dance books written by European choreographers of the XIX century, and then having started with treatises of the Renaissance, continued studying dance books until the beginning of the twentieth century. Today, the book fund he restored exceeds 500 copies.
Nino graduated with honours from the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at the University of Bologna. In Bologna he studied diction, art of communication, and acting at the Antoniano School of Theatre.
For thirty years he has been teaching historical dance throughout Italy (having trained a large number of choreographers who now teach all over the country) and conducting master classes in European capitals: Vienna, Budapest, Paris, and Valletta.
In 1999 he gave a series of lectures on historical dance at the University of Bologna for a course in the methodology of art criticism. From 2000 to 2005 he collaborated with Professor Silvia Carandini at the Department of History of Theatrical Productions of the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and conducted a series of theoretical and practical lectures on the theme of Grand balls of the XIX century, ending each year with a production at the Ateneo Theatre in Rome with University students.
He obtained a master's degree in fashion from the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and Rome Business School. Nino is a member of the CID-international dance Council of UNESCO.
Since 2004 she has been teaching fashion history, modern fashion and a master's degree in fashion management at the Euromediterranea fashion Academy.
Since 2018 Nino is an employee of the Department of dance history of Professor Vito Di Bernardi at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and oversees the course of historical dance for students.
He is the author of the book "Grand balls of XIX century: from "Gone with the wind" to "Leopard" published by Armando Curcio publisher with two CDs, photographs and paintings, in which he offers the result of his twenty-year research throughout Europe on the topic of fashion, dance and etiquette from the late XVIII to the early XX century.
Yuri Slonchenko (Republic of Crimea, Russia)
Ballet dancer, choreographer, teacher.
Choreographer of the Black Sea Fleet Song and Dance Ensemble.
Finalist of the first project of the TV channel Russia-1 "Танцуют все!" (Everyone Dances!).
Honored artist of Ukraine.
Presentation of the group on the TV show "Танцуют все"
Вырезки с передачи "Танцуют всего" первого канала
Benoît Habert (France)
Alexandra Sommer (maiden name Hartung) (Germany)
Alexandra's love for music and ballroom dancing of the 19th century brings her to the International Festival of Historical Dance in Moscow this year. Besides her profession as a civil engineer she has been attending various ballroom dance courses in the 19th century style for 14 years, among others with Richard Powers, Jørgen Schou-Pedersen and with her mother Sylvia Hartung (instructor at the International Festival of Historical Dance 2019). Alexandra also supports her mother Sylvia Hartung as assistant in her ballroom dance school in Dresden (www.creanc.com), which is known for reconstructions and choreographies of numerous quadrilles and couple dances of the 19th century with events in Dresden and Vienna since 2005. Together with her mother, Alexandra was a guest at the Festival 2019 last year. For the Festival 2020, she is looking forward to the challenge of teaching by herself - together with Nikolai Mordvov from Toljatti, Russia as assistant. Alexandra will bring dances from the rich repertoire of the “Balltanzschule Dresden” in Germany to Moscow 2020 - together with a warm greeting from Sylvia Hartung.