The Jury

The jury of the semi- and grand finale will consist of one chairman and four jury members and are presented below. The jury for the national selections will be selected by the organizing school in each country.

Jonas Kåge (chairman)

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.

Jonas was Artistic Director of Malmö Ballet from 1988 – 1995, and of Ballet West in Utah between 1997-2006. 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. He is also a member of the Swedish council for Dance Education.

Madeleine Onne

Madeleine Onne is the Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet since August 2018. She has a profound experience from 16 years in the role of Artistic Director at the Royal Swedish Ballet 2002–2008 and at the Hong Kong Ballet 2009–2017. Madeleine was also the founder the dance company Stockholm 59° North – Soloists of the Royal Swedish Ballet, which she managed 1996-2002.

Ms Onne’s career in ballet spans over more than four decades. In 1978, she graduated from the Royal Swedish Ballet School and was engaged as a dancer by the Royal Swedish Ballet. As Principal Dancer of the Royal Swedish Ballet from 1984 to 2002, she danced major roles in almost all classical repertoire as e.g. MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet and Manon, Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew and Onegin, Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peer Gynt and in contemporary ballets by Balanchine, Cullberg, Goh, Kylián, Robbins, Tudor and Béjart.

Madeleine Onne was given the Swedish royal medal Litteris et Artibus and the title Dancer of the Royal Swedish Court and awarded The Royal Swedish Opera’s Gold Medal of Honour in recognition of her work as a principal dancer and artistic director at the Royal Swedish Ballet.

Ms Onne has served as a juror for several international ballet competitions, such as Benois de la Dance in Moscow, YAGP in Tokyo New York, Paris, Barcelona, San Francisco and Toronto, Prix de Lausanne 2011 and 2019, the Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2012 as well as competitions in Korea, China, Hong Kong and Sweden.

Photo: Sören Håkanlind

Micol Mantini

Micol Mantini is a dancer at the Gothenburg Dance Company since 2005.

Micol Mantini, Italy, trained at La Scuola del Balletto di Toscana. Micol has danced with Balletto di Toscana, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken in Germany and in 2005 she joining GöteborgsOperans Dance Company.

Micol has served as a jury member at the Swedish National Agency of Education for Royal Swedish Ballet School and Swedish National Ballet School.


Nadja Sellrup

Nadja Sellrup is a principal dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet.

Sellrup attended the Royal Swedish Ballet School, graduating in 1994. In 1995, she won the silver medal at the Eurovision Young Dancers Contest. After terms with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich and the Spanish National Dance Company in Madrid, she returned to Stockholm in 2007 to join the Royal Swedish Ballet where she is a principal dancer.

She has danced the leading roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty, The Bellringer of Notre Dame, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Manon, Cendrillon, La Sylfide, Raymonda, Aritfact Suite and more.