Nikola Hadjitanev has been a dancer at the Sofia National Operaand Ballet Theatre since 2006. As a soloist,he performed many roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker,Coppelia, and Zorba the Greek with the Theatre. He took part infestivals in Russia, Italy, Greece and Germany, and was a finalist of theInternational Ballet Competition in Varna. He has won numerous awards that include the special prize of Baroque Sicily,Modica, Italy and the first prize for best dance partner in the InternationalFestival of Arts in Fivizano, Italy. Hewas awarded an honorary medal of the Academy “Future of Bulgaria” for hisartistic achievements in ballet and was also awarded an honorary diploma by theMinistry of Culture of Bulgaria on the Day of the Slavic Culture and Literature. He has performed as a soloist in Italy,Austria, Denmark, Greece and Spain, where he participated with great success inThe Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Zorba the Greek,Giselle, and many more. In March and April 2009, following the invitation of Serdica Music, he visited, alongwith the Ballet of Russe, the capital of Spain and gave guest performances onthe stage of Teatro de Madrid, where he performed the parts of Siegfried in Swan Lake and Albert in Giselle. Mr. Hadjitanev is celebrating his 5th appearance in our production of The Nutcracker.
Marta Petkova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated inthe same city at the National School of Dance in the class of Rumiana Atanasovain 2004. In 1995 she was a finalist in the International Ballet Competition inTallinn, Estonia and Luxembourg. She won National Ballet Competition Anastas Petrov and received the Grand Prix andspecial prize of Dobrich Municipality. In the same year, she was awarded withthe prize Sylvia Ko – Japanese for young hope in the International Competitionof Varna. During the same competition, she was offered to continue hereducation in Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. In 2002 she won the Gran Prix atthe International Festival in Fiviziano, Italy. In the same year, she joined the troupe of Sofia Opera and Ballet. In 2006 she was awarded by the Ministryof Culture for young talent. Since 2007 she has been a prima ballerina in the same company and has in her repertoire many roles including: Clara from The Nutcracker, Kitri from Don Quixote, Maria from Goat Horn,Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, Balanchine, Scheherazade, The Lady of the Camellias, Nikia and Gamzati from La Bayadere and many others. In 2011 she was awarded the “Crystal Lyre” for her achievements inballet art and the Swan Lake performance. Ms. Petkova is celebrating her 4th appearance in our production of the The Nutcracker.