Kuopio Prix Jury 2024

Hanna Renvall

Hanna Renvall graduated as a dancer and dance teacher from the London College of Dance in 1994. In 2013 Hanna founded Pieni ballettistudio Relevén in Joensuu and since then Hanna has been running her own school.

Hanna hopes that all competitors enjoy performing and are not afraid to make mistakes - Hanna's motto is: "If you do something wrong, then do it with so much energy that it looks good and the audience can enjoy it!"

Nina Elonsuo

Nina Elonsuo has worked diversely in the fields of dance and performing arts, as a teacher, choreographer, dance school entrepreneur and dance event producer. Nina is a graduate of the Finnish National Opera's Ballet School and has also sought further education in the United States, where she developed a love for musical theatre. As a judge, Nina appreciates the courage to be present on stage, immersion in storytelling, and carefully considered choreographic details that allow the dancers to shine with confidence.

Ville Valkonen

Ville Valkonen graduated as a dancer from the Finnish National Opera Ballet School in 2007. Since graduating he has danced with the Estonian National Ballet, the Finnish National Ballet, and in England, Japan and Germany in various theatres.

From 2014 to 2018 he was the Artistic Director of Ballet Finland. Currently Valkonen works as a freelance choreographer and teacher. 

Helsinki Dance Festival Prix 2023 Jury

Tiina Myllymäki, Atte Kilpinen, Vivianne Budsko-Lommi, Annamari Keskinen, Juha Kirjonen