The Jury

Jonas Kåge – Chairman

Former Artistic Director of Malmö Ballet, of Ballet West, Utah and Prix du Nord.

Jonas Kåge received his ballet training at the Royal Swedish Opera’s Ballet School. He then joined the Royal Swedish Ballet where he danced for five years before beginning his international career.

From 1971 – 1988 Jonas was Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, Geneva Ballet, Zürich Ballet and English National Ballet as well as guesting with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Münich Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre and Aterbaletto, Italy.

He was awarded the Talia prize in 1993 for his production of Swan Lake in Malmö and the Carina Ari medal in 1994. Jonas has been Artistic Director of the Nordic Baltic Ballet Competition since 2011.

Peter Bo Bendixen

Artistic Director of the Tivoli Ballet Theatre Denmark

Education: The Royal Danish Ballet School.

Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet 1983-2005, and as Principal since 1993. 1986-89 dancer in Hamburg Ballett. 1997-2007 Artistic director of  ”Principals and Soloists of The Royal Danish Ballet” and danced all over the world, as an ambassador for The Royal Danish Ballet.

In 2006 appointed Ballet Director in Tivoli, Copenhagen, with responsibilities for Tivoli Ballet Theatre and International ballet performances in Tivoli Concert Hall. Has directed different ballets by the Danish choreographer August Bournonville at The Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli. In 2012 debut as choreographer with The Nutcracker in Tivoli Concert Hall

Johanna Björnson

Artistic Board Member of the Carina Ari Foundation

Educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. Employed at Royal Swedish Ballet 1978.
Danced the lead role in all the major classical ballets and the modern repertoire.
Toured in many countries and also choreographed several pieces. 1995 she was honored with the title Dancer of the Royal Court 

During her career, Björnson danced all the major leading roles in classical ballet both in Sweden and internationally. As a dance teacher, she has taught at the Ballet Academy (Stockholm), Ballet de Nice, the Monte Carlo Ballet, the Hong Kong Ballet and the National Theater Ballet in Prague, among others.

Monique Loudières

Étoile, Paris Opera Ballet
Freelance Ballet Teacher and Ballet Master
Classical coach, Prix de Lausanne 1999 – 2024

Monique Loudières was chosen by Rudolph Nureyev  in 1981, to interpret Kitri in his production of Don Quixote. Rosella Hightower, who was its Artistic Director at the time, named her Étoile in 1982. Thereafter, she danced most of the classical and neoclassical repertory.  She had a predilection for dramatic heroines from the following ballets: Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, Notre-Dame de Paris and Eugene Onegin.

She has performed the works of the greatest choreographers: J.Robbins, A. Ailey, G. Balanchine, M. Béjart ,R.Petit, J. Neumeier, S. Lifar, J. Kylian, P. Taylor, K. MacMillan, M. Graham, T. Tharp, W. Forsythe and Giselle by Mats Ek. And she also addresses the contemporary repertoire with D. Larrieu, C. Bastin, J. Bouvier, R. Obadia, N. Christie, B.Li…

She was also invited as a guest artist in many great companies: Boston Ballet, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Stuttgart Ballet, Staatsoper Berlin, Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Havana Dance Festival…

In 1993, the Ministry of Culture awarded her the Grand Prix National de la Danse and named her Commander of Arts and Letters in 1996.


Katrín Hall

Artistic Director of the Gotheburg Opera Dance Company

Katrín Hall was the Artistic Director of Iceland Dance Company from 1996-2012. She created a strong image for the Iceland Dance Company and positioned it as a world class contemporary dance company.

Alongside her career as an Artistic Director, Katrín has also been a prolific choreographer. She has created several works for the Iceland Dance Company as well as other international dance companies in Germany, Austria, Sweden and USA. 

Katrín started her career as a dancer at young age with Iceland Dance Company. She then moved to Germany and worked as a solo dancer at Tanzforum in Cologne under the artistic direction of Jochen Ulrich. 

Katrín has also created dance movies, including the international successful Burst in cooperation with film director Reynir Lyndal, and choreographed music videos, including pop star Shakira’s single Did it again. 

Katrín was awarded the Order of the Falcon by the President of Iceland in 2000 for her contribution and work for the dance community in Iceland.

Additional jury members can be announced at a later date.