GB Dance & Music Festival Organisers

Marina O'Neil - President of GB Dance & Music Festival

Marina completed Vaganova's Academy (St. Petersburg), in the class of Dudinskaya and Kovalieva. She danced in both the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky Theatres. She was a principal dancer with Eifman's St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre.

Marina O'Neil has toured, as a professional dances, in a class with the "Russian Stars of the Ballet" an the "European Stars of the Ballet" throughout the Europe, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the USA. Marina first became a Laureate of International Ballet Competition at the age of 13. She also later gained Laureate status in the USA and France, Best European Choreographer 2008 in Barcelona. Presently, Marina is a member of “European Ballet Stars” Theatre and directors and founder of “Young Ballet of London”, “Slavic Orchestra of London”, head judge of the “Maccabi Foundation” (Israel); ad the prestigious “Rosa Vetrov”, Moscow, Foundation of the President of the Russian Federation.

GB Dance & Music Festival Patrons

Doreen Wells

Marionness of Londonderry ins a retired British ballerina and theatre dancer. Wells received her early dance training at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts, continuing her studies at the Sadler's Wells Ballet School. She is a winner of the Adeline Gentee Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Dance. She made her professional stage debut in pantomime, before ultimately joining the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet.

In theatre, she has performed roles in West End musicals, including the leading role of Vera Baranova in On Your Toes at the Palace Theatre and Maggies Jones in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal , Drury Lane. She has also made television appearances including the 1985 Royal Variety Performances and a BBC Christmas Extravaganza.

Baroness Stefania von Kories zu Goetzen

Deputy of The West End Conservatives.

Baroness Stafania was born in America and inherited the title from her father. She is passionate about music and the arts.

The Baroness is often referred to as “Queen of Charities” because she actively supports so many of them, including the Red Cross and Palestinian children.

Her Serence Highness Princess Natalya Grigorievna Eromina Youssoupoff

A novelist, playwright and poet (pen name – Natalya Sumarokova) counts among her forebears the first Russian professional playwright and poet – Alexander Sumarokov, who was also the director of the first Russian Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg in the 18th century.

Academician (USA), Doctor of Science (USSR), Professor (UK) in history of literature and arts, Her Highness has published and broadcast widely. She is an author of many novels, books of poetry, plays, amongst them her novel “Boyarina Morozova”, “Signet-ring of Chengiz Khan” etc.

Her Highness all her life has been dedicated to political activism and charitable work.

GB Music Festival Master Classes

Harlano Weekes-Soul, R’n’B, Gospel, Jazz (Producer)

Having performed backing vocals for Phil Collins, Enrique Iglesias, Craig David, Lulu, Stevie Wonder, Fergie, Just Jack and Robin Gibb, and having played piano for Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis and the X Factor, Harlano has truly established himself in the world music scene. Harlano came to prominence for being the host of Sintillate LIVE. This top London live night has received rave reviews in the urban press and attracted signed acts such as Pink, Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Liberty X. He has since gone on to forge a career in the music industry and is now the co-host of the UK Soul Jam @ The Jazz Cafe.

Evgenia Terentieva - Vocal coach, piano, chamber music, composition

Mrs. Terentieva... outstanding Chopin interpreter...

News and Mail, UK

Her performance was full of character, notable for rich and controlled tone and ravishing pianissimo singing in the upper register...

News and Mail, UK

Evgenia Terentieva is one of the most established musicians in the UK representing contemporary Russian performance and pedagogical music schools. Evgenia is a prize winner of international music competitions in the UK, Russia, Sweden, France, Spain and Bulgaria. She adjudicates at some international competitions in the UK, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia. Her recordings have been broadcast by major international TV channels, including BBC World Service. Since 2000 she has been successfully directing “Musica Nova” Russian-British Music Academy in London. She has brought up generations of young talented artists, winners of national and international contests. For her outstanding contribution to performance arts, Evgenia was awarded in 1998 a “Queen’s Award” from the British Council and in 2011 a special Gold Medal by the European Association named after Franz Kafka (Czech Rebublic).

Alexa Pol-Pop, Rock

London based singer/songwriter, presenter and photo model. Graduated from the Lithuanian Music Conservatory. She has established herself as a solo artist, performing all over the UK, Europe, Russia and Israel. She has appeared at many well-known music venues such as 02Academies in London, Opera and Ballet houses in Kiev and Vilnius and in many festivals.

Her debut single “It’s All a Joke” was released in 2009 accompanied by an inspiring video. In 2010 she became Best Female Act in Classical Rock Radio. Alexa’s stunning good looks and powerful rock voice along with her talent for writing viable rock anthems will ensure that Alexa Pol is destined to become a household name!

GB Dance Festival Master Classes

Raymond Choi - Ballet

Raymond has worked in classical ballet, musical theatre and television as a dancer, actor, choreographer and teacher. AS a classical ballet dancer, he danced with the National Ballet in Portugal. Raymond has guest taught for numerous dance companies including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; Ballet Black (UK); Hong Kong Ballet; Mavin Khoo Dance Company (UK); English National Ballet (UK); Ballett de Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany); Singapore Dance Theatre; Rambert Dance Company (UK); Richard Alston Dance Company (UK); National Ballet of Slovenia.

Lola Rueda - Flamenco

Lola is a Spanish flamenco dancer born in Catalonia, South of Spain. She started her training since the very young age of 10 in Barcelona and then continued to places like Madrid, Seville and Jerez to complete her studies in classical Spanish and flamenco dance. Her professional career started dancing in venues in the Costa Brava. A few years ago she moved to London and has been teaching and dancing since. She has her own company "Flamenco Flame" and she teaches and performs throughout London, the UK and abroad.

Stuart Bishop - Hip Hop

Stuart takes master classes around the globe in his unique Fusion Funk style. This has seen him work in places such as Houston (USA), Copenhagen (Denmark), Cannes (France) as well as judging the Hip Hop International Championships in Madrid (Spain). Stuart has choreographed and starred in no fewer than 7 instructional DVDs as well as being a choreographer and presenter on Rudeye Live online dance classes. Stuart's class at Danceworks is the perfect class to get your foot in the door with one of the UK's top choreographers as well as being a fun and funky high energy dance class.