Nikola Hadjitanev is a dancer with the Sofia National Opera and Ballet Theatre. He was a finalist of the International Ballet Competition in Varna, 2006 and is the winner of awards, including the special prize of Baroque Sicily, Modica, Italy (2006) and the first prize for best dance partner in the International Festival of Arts in Fivizano, Italy (2002). In 2006 he was awarded an honorary medal of the Academy “Future of Bulgaria” for his artistic achievements in the field of ballet, and an honorary diploma, awarded him on the Day of the Slavic Culture and Literature, May 24, 2005 by the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria. In 2010, he received the Grand Prix of the XIV National Ballet Competition “Anastas Petrov” and “Crystal Lyre” award. His repertoire includes leading roles from the ballets The Rite of Spring, Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, The Goat Horn, Zorba the Greek, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, La Sylphide, Carmen, Lady of the Camellias, Suite in White, Paquita, Scheherazade, and others.
Marta Petkova was born in Sofia. She graduated in the same city at the National School of Dance in the class of Rumiana Atanasova in 2004. In 1995, she was a finalist in the International Ballet Competition in Tallinn, Estonia and Luxembourg. She won National Ballet Competition Anastas Petrov and received the Grand Prix and special prize of Dobrich Municipality. In the same year Marta Petkova was awarded with the prize Sylvia Ko – Japanese for a young hope in the International Competition of Varna. During that competition she was offered to continue her education in Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. In 2002, she won the Gran Prix at the International Festival in Fiviziano – Italy and joined the troupe of Sofia Opera and Ballet. In 2006, the Ministry of Culture for young talent gave her an award. Since 2007, Marta Petkova has been a prima ballerina in the same company and has many repertoires including: Clara from The Nutcracker, Kitri from Don Quixote, Maria from Goat Horn, Odette – Odilie from Swan Lake, Balanchine, Scheherazade, The Lady of the Camellias, Nikia and Gamzati from La Bayadere and many others. She was awarded the Crystal Lyre for achievement in ballet art and Swan Lake performance in 2011. The Festival Ballet would like to welcome Ms. Petkova to Denton, and wish her well in her 1st appearance in our production of The Nutcracker.