Simona Noja-Nebyla

Simona Noja-Nebyla is a former principal dancer She has been mainly engaged with Romanian State Opera Cluj-Napoca, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf-Duisburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Wiener Staatsoper. Her guesting career expands though from Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Teatro Municipal (Santiago de Chile), Ballet de Cuba (Havanna) to Bolschoi Theater (Moskow), La Scala ( Milano), Balletto dell’Opera (Roma), Semper Oper (Dresden), Teatro San Carlo (Napoli), Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm), Finnish National Ballet (Helsinki), Stuttgarter Ballet, Frankfurter Ballet, and Bayerische Staatsoper München.

Besides the leading classical roles, she danced the principal roles in the choreographies of: F.Ashley, G.Balanchine, R.Barra, B.Bienert, J.Clifford, J.Cranko, N. Christe, B.Eifman, W. Forsythe, E.Gervasi, S.Gianetti, J.Mannes, J.Neumeier, R.Petit, H.Spoerli, R.Zanella

Among her stage partners:

Jukka Aromaa (New York City Ballet), Jean- Guillaume Bart (L’Opéra de Paris), Jeremie Belingard (L´Ópéra de Paris), Roberto Bolle (Royal Ballet), Juan Boix (Leipziger Ballett, Alessio Carbone (L’Opéra de Paris), José Manuel Carreño (ABT), Manuel Legris (L’Opéra de Paris), Vladimir Malakhov (Berliner State Opera), Sebastian Marcovici (New York City Ballet), César Morales (Santiago de Chile), Massimo Murru (La Scala di Milano), Alejandro Parente (Teatro Colón), Giuseppe Picone (Teatro di San Carlo), Igor Yebra (Madrid), Igor Zelensky (Kirov Ballet)

She won the following prizes and awards:

1990 Silver Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, USA

2001 Award for The best female dancer of the year 2001 from the international magazine „Danza & Danza“ Italy

2002 The National Order Steaua României in the rank of Knight, Romania

2008 Das Österreichische Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst I. Klasse, Austria

2012 The National Order Steaua României in the rank of Officer, Romania

Teaching & Leading Positions:

2000 Artistic Director of the Ballet company Oleg Danovski, Constanța, Romania

2002 Founder of the Cultural Foundation Simona Noja Cluj-Napoca, Romania (The foundation celebrated 20 years of existence on February 20th, 2022)

2006 Co-founder of the private ballet & dance school DANCEARTS with Boris Nebyla, Vienna, Austria

2006-2010 Teacher at DANCEARTS: classes of ballet, pointe technique & ballet repertory

2006-2019 Teacher & juror at festivals and competitions: Festival do Brasil (Brasilia), Grand Jeté (Algarve), ImPulsTanz Festival (Viena), Japan Grand Prix, NBA (Tokio), Lecco Danza (Lecco), RiminiSiDanza (Rimini), Salieri Danza (Verona), Taiwan Grand Prix (Taipei), Young American Grand Prix (Paris & New York), Young Star Ballet Competition (Cluj-Napoca), etc.

2009-2011 Consultant for the dance department at the Cultural Ministry of Austria

2010-2020 (Exec. Director 2010-2019/Director 2019) Ballet Academy of Vienna State Opera

2012 Ambassador of the project Cluj-Napoca –European Capital of Culture 2021.

2015-2022 Initiator & organizer of the European Ballet Festival of the Ballet Schools Grand Assemblé in Cluj – Napoca, Romania

2017-2023 Co-founder and co-director with Boris Nebyla of the International Ballet Competition European Ballet Grand Prix Vienna, Austria

2018 PhD student at the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2020-2022 initiates and conducts the pilot-project Noja-Nebyla STAGE Education, in Vienna, Austria, an artistic and pedagogical laboratory for the education and mentoring of dancers in the transition between school and professional life.

Starting 2022: she has been giving ballet masterclasses and serving as a mentor, judge, and lecturer, and continues the research work to establish the art of classical ballet as an academic discipline

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