On Friday 17th April 2020, we will be hosting FREE online virtual ballet master classes with Iva Vitić Gameiro – Principal Dancer of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. Open to Downland Dance students as well as guests, this is a unique opportunity to gain some inside knowledge from a professional dancer at the peak of her career!

Iva Vitić Gameiro was born in Zagreb in November 1987. She studied ballet at the Zagreb High School for Classical Ballet, before graduating from the Tanz Akademie in Zurich in 2006. That same year, Iva joined the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb as a member of the ballet ensemble. In 2009, Iva left Zagreb to work with the Portuguese National Ballet, before returning to Zagreb in 2011 where she rose through the ranks to become a Principal Dancer. Iva has danced an array of well known leading roles in both classical ballet and contemporary dance, including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Patrice Bart), The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker (Derek Deane, Vladimir Malakhov), Giselle in Giselle (Iraida Lukasova after Marius Petipa), Wendy in Peter Pan (Giorgio Madia) and many others. She continues to dance at the Croatian National Theatre, and makes guest appearances for ballet companies and galas around the world.