Janek Schergen (Singapore Ballet, Artistic Director)IBGPS Artistic Advisor, IBGPS Head of Jury (Semi Finals & Finals)
Janek Schergen is from Göteborg, Sweden. Since 1971, he was invited to many dance companies to take on various positions – a dancer, teacher, ballet master, and artistic director. These companies include Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Norwegian National Ballet. As artistic director and board member of the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation, he has staged 11 of Choo-San’s works for Singapore Ballet (SB), and more than 120 worldwide. In 2008, Janek was appointed as artistic director of SB. Since then, he has initiated programmes such as One @ the Ballet, Ballet Associates Course, Scholars’ Programme, SB Choreographic Workshop, and the Intensive Ballet Programme. Over the past decade, he has been part of several panels and committees for the National Arts Council, and has been frequently invited to judge at international ballet competitions. He was also honoured with the ‘Award for Culture’ by Singapore Tatler at the Leadership Awards 2015, a prestigious award that recognises the contribution of influential leaders in Singapore; and was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the President of Singapore at the prestigious National Day Awards 2017.
Baptiste Bourgougnon (London Contemporary Dance School, Director of Undergraduate Programmes and International Development)IBGPS Jury Member (Finals)
Baptiste graduated at the National Conservatoire in Paris in 2000. His career began in Norway with Nye Carte Blanche before returning to France where he worked with Luc Petton and Gilles Schamber. In 2002 he joined Scottish Dance Theatre and worked with various choreographers such as Ruy Horta, Didi Veldman, Hofesh Shechter, Janet Smith, Willi Dorner. From 2006 Baptiste freelanced and worked with different companies such as Compagnie Maryse Delente, Ballet Lorent, Acronote, State Of Flux, Company Chameleon and Kieran Sheehan Dance Theatre. Baptiste has been teaching release and floorwork at the London Contemporary Dance School at The Place since 2012 and became Director of Undergraduate Performance and International Development in 2019.
Brent Parolin (Ballett am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany, Ballet Master, Rehearsal Director, Choreographic Assistant)IBGPS Jury Member (Semi Finals & Finals)
Brent Parolin is a Canadian born dancer, teacher, coach and choreographer. Brent started his training as a student of the prestigious National Ballet School in Toronto where he received awards such as the Lawrence Haskett and Peter Dwyer Scholarships. After graduation Brent moved to Stuttgart, Germany, to continue his training at the John Cranko School before joining the Stuttgart Ballet in 2006, where he attained the position of Halb Soloist. In 2014 Brent moved back to Toronto to dance with the National Ballet of Canada and to teach at Canada’s National Ballet School. Brent has danced works by John Cranko, Maurice Bejart, Wayne McGregor, Christian Spuck, Demis Volpi, Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Crystal Pite and Marco Geocke among others.
Brent has been a teacher around the world, including Canada, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. After creating multiple pieces for the Noverre: Junge Choreographen and the National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Workshop, Brent has shown his passion for the entire process of dance, from training and creation to performance and production. Brent currently holds the position of Balletmeister which encompasses being a rehearsal director, choreographic assistant, coach and teacher at the Ballett am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Caren Carino (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Vice Dean and Principal Lecturer)IBGPS Jury Member (Semi Finals & Finals)
Dr Caren Cariño, from Hawai’i, USA, has earned three related degrees: Doctorate in Southeast Asian Studies (Contemporary Dance Research); Master of Fine Arts (Dance Performance and Choreography); and Bachelor of Education (Dance). Her prolific professional career includes a wealth of experience as dance performer, academic, administrator, educator and advocate. She began with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (USA), a ‘force for innovation in contemporary dance throughout the world’ and was also instrumental in the company’s dance education programme, with a mission to ‘make dance a viable part of everyone’s lives, whether as observers, critics, performers or creators’, a national model that still stands today. Dr Cariño eventually migrated to Singapore and was appointed Programme Leader/Lecturer (Dance) at Lasalle College of the Arts. Her current position as Vice Dean /Principal Lecturer (Dance) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts since 2007 has seen her develop a conservatory-style dance programme with a contemporary outlook that has produced international independent and company dance artists. She has published and presented her research that focuses on education, performance and cultural studies in America, Asia and Australia. Dr Cariño is dance advisor to Singapore’s Ministry of Education, National Arts Council, People’s Association and World Dance Alliance.
Christian Tátchev (Queensland Ballet Academy, Director)IBGPS Jury Member (Finals)
Queensland Ballet Academy Director, Christian Tátchev, trained at the National School of Choreography in Sofia, Bulgaria. Performing his first leading roles shortly after commencing his professional career at age 16, Christian was promoted to Principal Artist at 21. His repertoire includes principal roles in the major classical repertoire as well as in numerous works by celebrated choreographers of modern times.
Christian joined Queensland Ballet, Australia, after participating in the Company’s 2008 International Ballet Gala. Following his retirement from the stage in 2011, he was appointed as the Company’s Ballet Master. He took up the position of Director of Training in 2013 and became the Queensland Ballet Academy Director in 2016.
In addition to Queensland Ballet, Christian has worked with The Sofia National Opera and Ballet, the Bulgarian contemporary dance company Ballet Arabesque, Performing Arts Council of Transvaal (PACT) Ballet, Cape Town City Ballet and the South African Ballet Theatre, where alongside his role as a Principal Artist, he was engaged as a Répétiteur.
Christian continues to perform with the Queensland Ballet as a Character Artist and frequently adjudicates at various national and international ballet competitions.
Garry Trinder (New Zealand School of Dance, Director)IBGPS Jury Member (Finals)
Born in England, Mr Trinder trained at The Royal Ballet School, Rambert School of Ballet and Maurice Béjart’s MUDRA. As a dancer, he worked with Scottish Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and London City Ballet. Mr Trinder’s extensive career includes six years as artistic director of Hong Kong Ballet and two years as director of dance at South Africa’s NAPAC Dance Company. He was appointed director of the New Zealand School of Dance in 1998. Mr Trinder also holds a master’s degree from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and an Advanced Diploma in Education from Newcastle University. In addition to his role at NZSD, he is associated with many international ballet competitions including the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, the Japan Grand Prix in Tokyo and the Youth America Grand Prix in New York. Since 2011 Mr Trinder has assumed the role of President of the Jury for the Asian Grand Prix ballet competition in Hong Kong. He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013, for his services to dance.
Iain Mackay (Royal Ballet School, International Artistic Manager )IBGPS Jury Member (Semi Finals & Finals)
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Iain trained at the Royal Ballet School.
In 1999 he joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet under the direction of David Bintley where he rapidly rose through the ranks of the company becoming a Principal dancer in 2003. In 2007 Iain joined Corella Ballet Spain – a company founded by the international ballet star Angel Corella. There he performed Principal roles in all the company’s repertoire before re-joining Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2010, finishing his dance career in January 2018.
During his career Iain danced all of the leading roles in the classical repertoire. He also created several roles in David Bintley’s ballets as well as other creations by a number of prominent choreographers.
Since 2018 Iain has been Director of the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars. He was appointed the first Male Dance Ambassador for the Royal Academy of Dance 2014, was a Trustee for The Royal Academy of Dance 2014 – 2020 and has been a Governor of The Royal Ballet Companies since 2020.
Joanne Michel (The Australian Ballet School, Ballet Mistress and Level 8 Classical Teacher)IBGPS Jury Member (Finals)
Born in Canberra of Polish parents, Joanne studied ballet with Katerina Druzins until the age of eleven, after which she went to Bryan Lawrence and Janet Karin, both former Principals of The Australian Ballet. At the age of fifteen Joanne was accepted into The Australian Ballet School and in 1977 she was accepted into The Australian Ballet Company, reaching the rank of Principal in 1982 where she remained until 1986. Throughout her dance career, Joanne had the privilege to work with many choreographers including Glen Tetley, Graeme Murphy, Jiri Kylian, and danced leading roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, to name a few. She was awarded the Pavlova Prize by Serge Lifar in 1981 and the Inaugural Dance Australia Award for the most popular Female Dancer. In 1987 Joanne began teaching, freelancing around Melbourne and also adjudicating for the RAD and Cecchetti Society. In 2002 and 2003 she was Ballet Mistress for The Dancers Company Tour, having been a Guest Artist on the first tour in 1980. Since 2004, Joanne has taught the graduate year female students of The Australian Ballet School.
Melissa Quek (LASALLE College of the Arts, Head, School of Dance & Theatre)IBGPS Jury Member (Semi Finals & Finals)
Melissa is Head of the School of Dance & Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts and the Programme Leader for the Diploma in Dance.
She is also a choreographer, performer and educator whose choreographic interest lies in investigating the body-subject. Her works and creative process attempt to touch on questions of agency, materiality and perception to create a visceral experience for the audience.
Melissa enjoys multi-disciplinary collaborative works, Site based work such as site-specific outdoor performance Tracing the City (2016) and cause based performances and workshops such as Stride with Pride, a performance aimed at increasing respect for wheelchair users. She founded The Kueh Tutus (a collective dedicated to creating dance for young audiences) and has created several works that have been presented at The Artground, toured to regional libraries and appeared in the Esplanade’s Festivals Octoburst! and March On.
Melissa has managed and designed various MOE-NAC Dance related initiatives such as the Dance Talent Development Programme, and Strategic Partnership CCA (Ethnic Dance). She also mentors the choreographic work of young and emerging artists through institutions such as *SCAPE and occasionally writes dance reviews, articles and edu-packs to make contemporary dance more accessible.
Resmi Malko (Central School of Ballet Ballet Tutor)IBGPS Jury Member (Finals)
Resmi Malko received his ballet training at the Academy of Ballet in Tirana, Albania. Upon completion of his training in 1985, he joined the National Opera Ballet Theatre in Tirana, and within five years was promoted to Principal Dancer. He continued his career there for the next 15 years, performing in countries including Italy, France, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, USA and Canada. Resmi then immigrated to North America and performed with the USA Ballet and the Canadian company, Ballet Jorgen. In 2003 Resmi graduated with Distinction from the Teacher Training Program for professional dancers at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined the artistic teaching staff later that year. After 10 years with the NBS, Resmi joined the Central School of Ballet in London. Students Resmi has coached have to compete in international ballet competitions such as, the Prix de Lausanne and Genée International Competition where a student for the first time in the competition’s history won all three major gold medals. Choreographically, Resmi has staged classical repertoire for the Central’s End of Year performances and for the touring company, Ballet Central. Additionally, Resmi often returns to coach at the National Opera Ballet Theatre, Tirana.
Robert Parker (Elmhurst Ballet School, Artistic Director)IBGPS Jury Member (Finals)
Robert Parker trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1994, then under the directorship of Sir Peter Wright. He became a principal dancer in 1999, where he collaborated with artistic director and acclaimed choreographer David Bintley to create many leading roles for the company. He made guest appearances with the Royal Ballet and performed in many galas around the world. His accolades include a Critics Circle Dance Award nomination and an Olivier Award nomination in 2001 and a Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Male Artist in 2003. After retiring from Birmingham Royal Ballet, he passed his RAD Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma with distinction and completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy in Education. Robert became Artistic Director of Elmhurst Ballet School in 2012. That same year, he was appointed President of the London Ballet Association. He is regularly invited to adjudicate and deliver master classes at various international ballet competitions around the world.
Rosa Park (Singapore Ballet, Assistant Ballet Mistress)IBGPS Jury Member (Semi Finals)
Rosa Park was the Principal Artist with the Singapore Ballet (SB) from 2009 to 2016. She graduated from Sunwha Arts School in Korea after six years of rigorous training and as a student, she danced Clara in The Nutcracker with the Universal Ballet Company. In her senior year at Ewha Womans University, the Korea National Ballet Company (KNB) offered her to dance Marie in The Nutcracker. Upon graduation, she joined KNB and danced many Principal and Soloist roles, including collaborating with Royal Swedish Ballet in Swan Lake. Rosa excelled in numerous and abundance of principal roles and represented SB, inspiring many young dancers. In 2015, she was featured on the cover of Dance Europe and received an overwhelmingly positive review of her performance in Dance Europe’s Feature article for SB’s premiere of Don Quixote as Kitri. After she decided to take her final bow in December 2016, she started a new chapter by working with SB and teaching young dancers at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She is frequently invited for master classes and coaching as well as a judge. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University and a Master’s in Dance from Sejong University.
Chihiro Uchida (Singapore Ballet, Principal Dancer)IBGPS Jury Member (Semi Finals)
Chihiro began her dance training at Classical Ballet Academy S.O.U. in Japan. In 2001, she won the Idemitsu Kousan Scholarship at the 8th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo and was later accepted into The Australian Ballet School. Upon graduation, she joined Singapore Ballet (SB) in 2005. Chihiro is currently the Principal Dancer in Singapore Ballet where she danced the title role in Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Paquita, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Cinderella. Chihiro has also performed leading roles in many world renown choreographers’ works including George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco as the First and Second Violin, Divertimento No. 15, Allegro Brilliante, Rubies, Serenade, Symphony in Three Movements and The Four Temperaments, August Bournonville’s Bournonville Divertissements, Choo-San Goh’s Unknown Territory and Double Contrasts, Beginnings, Fives, Momentum and Variations Serieuses, David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin, Edmund Stripe’s Piano Concerto No.2, Opus 102, Edwaard Liang’s 13th Heaven, Age of Innocence and Opus 25, Francois Klaus’ Midnight Waltzes, and Jorma Elo’s Glow-Stop.