Prof. Dr. Maria / Masha Ilieva

She graduated from the prestigious Vaganova Academy – St. Petersburg, after which she started working at the Sofia Opera. She has been a prima ballerina for 20 years. She danced all the main roles in the ballet repertoire – Giselle, Odette – Odile, Kitri, Marie in The Nutcracker, Margarita in The Lady with the Camellias and many others.

In parallel with her ballet career, she started teaching at NUTI, and in 1995 she founded her own ballet school. Conducts lectures at the National Academy of Music “prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, Sofia.

Director and choreographer of the super production “Sleeping Beauty” at the Sofia Opera, as well as the productions “Pinocchio”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Flowers of Little Ida” and others.

Jury member in national and international ballet competitions.

She is the winner of the prestigious awards Golden Lira from SMD, Golden Feather, the plaque of the Min. To culture, the plaque from the Metropolitan Municipality for merits for the development of ballet art.