DANCE AMORE CAST
Domen is an accomplished and well known actor familiar with Slovenian and foreign theatre stages as well as TV and film cameras. His acting range goes from drama, comedy and tragedy to musicals and movies. He is well known to the Slovenian audience also through performing in various TV shows, from entertainment variety shows to TV series. In 2016 he was rewarded with the Best Slo-venian Actor Award!
Domen plays two roles in the show. Firstly he plays the part of an enthusiastic and ambitious story teller and later on he transforms himself into the character of a cunning bar owner… .
Andrej is one of the most famous Slovenian latin-american and ballroom dancers with a long and very successful career filled with prestigious titles. He was more than 20 times Slovenian champion, three times World champion and European champion. He is truly the best of the best.
Andrej will transform into the main character, Luis Mantena. Luis is a Cuban immigrant who fled to New York hoping to make it as a dancer and therefore create a better life for himself. He is deter-mined and brave, but also stubborn and emotional. The street knows him as the King of Salsa and Cha Cha. He is the informal leader of the poor side of the street.
MELINDA TOROKGYORGY ŠKUFCA
Melinda is a passionate and accomplished dancer, dance teacher and Andrej’s partner in dance and in life. She has always been a champion dancer. Even before she started dancing with Andrej she was titled World and European Champion as well as Blackpool Champion. She is one of the best female dancers in the World.
Melinda plays the role of Rita, who found herself in America because her parents sold her to a landlord to be his wife. She managed to escape her cruel destiny by hiding under Broadway lights as a bar singer and actress… Other women on the street look up to her and think of her as a saint. Her beauty and talent mesmerised Jack, mafia boss and cruel gangster who owned her from the first moment she stepped onto New Yorks streets… At first Rita wanted to use Jack as a social stepping leader, but she was soon trapped into his world and can’t find a way out. Deep down she is sad and unhappy, because she craves freedom and true love.
JOSE ANTONIO MUNITEZ
Jurij is an all round artist, dancer, choreographer, screenwriter and director of one of the most ap-preciated dance shows in Slovenia, The 50s Show, which is a predecessor of Dance Amore. In his long and prosperous career Jurij and his partner Jagoda won numerous titles, such as British Open Champions, European Champions and World Cup Champions. They also received an Olympic Committee Award for their silver medal at the World Games in 2009 and a Golden citation from Slovenia’s Dance Federation for their achievements at the conclusion of their competitive career.
As well as being the founder and director of Dance Amore, Jurij is also playing the role of Jose Antonio Munitez, a war pilot of Mexican origin who is trying to get back to Mexico to become a bullfighter in Mexican koridas. On his way home he is robbed and therefore stuck in New York. He is a dreamer, always cheerful and passionate and loves to be in the company of girls.
Jagoda is Jurij’s partner in crime, always by his side. With Jurij she created The 50’s Show as well as another dance show called “ A Dancers Heart”, both very successful. She was crowned Slovenian, European and British Champion as well as World Cup Champion.
With her sensibility and passion she will portray Maria, a fiery gypsy who fled to America from the raging war in Europe and is now hardly breaking even by performing her flamenco skills during the day and selling her body to the love craving sailors and soldiers during the night. She is determined to find a better life for herself, she seeks attention and love which she finds in the war pilot Jose.
Matej is a born dancer, who has been gliding on various dance floors since childhood. His dance history was paved with numerous rewards from the Olympic Committee, Slovenian Dance Federation, Slovenian Sports Federation and many others. With his partner Iwona he won the title of British Champions and was multiple Slovenian National Champion. He currently took over the role as the main coach in dance club Feniks in Ljubljana.
In the Dance Amore Show Matej transforms himself into sailor Pete, a merry fella who after months on the sea enjoys the company of beautiful girls. His everyday includes bargaining with street vendors and he is no stranger to street fights either!
Iwona is a very successful latin american dance coach in Poland and her couples are numerous times Polish National Champions. With her partner Matej she was ranked amongst the best dancers in the World and has besides being Slovenian National Champion even won the title of British Champions in Blackpool.
Iwona portrays Lucy, a prostitute who is a little bit naive, but very lively and perky. She is American by origin and in this new developing world she tries to use every situation to her advantage. She loves to conspire and mingle into everyones business. Her ultimate love is a boat full of sailors! 🙂
Jernej is a successful Slovenian dancer who was also very successful internationally with his partner Daniela. They were finalists of the European Ballroom Showdance Championships and finalists of European and World Championships in Ten Dance. Jernej is also a dancer and member of the suc-cessful dance Show »Satisfaction On The Dancefloor«.
With his undisputed charisma Jernej will portray Tony, Jacks right hand who’s main job is to protect Rita and collect debts… Tony is a ladies’ man and entertainer who is also a passionate dancer with a soft heart, but with a face of a cold blooded murderer.
DANIELA PODGORNIK PEKIČ
Daniela is an attractive and successful dancer, who proved her talent with Jernej by being finalist of European Ballroom Showdance, World and European Ten Dance Championships. She is also mem-ber of the successful show »Satisfaction On The Dancefloor«.
Daniela will portray the youngest character on the mafia side of the street, Grace. Despite her youth, Grace is very sophisticated and protective of her men, but she can also be very playful. She brings a certain brightness and playfulness to the Bar and lights up when she dances with Tony.
Bojan is a propulsive and well known Slovenian dancer who was also a member of the “Burn The Floor” family and has toured the World for many years with the cast. As a dancer he also had the honour of performing on Elton John’s Birthday Party.
He portrays Jack, mafia boss, a cruel gangster who enjoys being the terror of the street. He is relentless to the people who try to challenge him and take what he owns. He is fast tempered, possessive and jealous.
GORDANA GRANDOŠEK – WHIDDON
Gordana is an all around artist, dancer, choreographer and designer of her own designer brand GGW. She is a dancer with a colourful international career. She was even the choreographer of the Australian and Vietnamese versions of the world famous TV Show »So you think you can dance«. Gordana collaborated with many world famous stars, including Kevin Spacey, Ciara and Backstreet Boys. For 13 years she was a member and principal dancer of »Burn the floor«, as is still the only Slovenian dancer who performed on Broadway.
With her unmistakable dance style Gordana will portray Lauren, a daughter of a most feared mafia godfather, who is now married to Jack. Jack agreed to marry Lauren, in exchange for control over the streets. She differs from the other girls because of her very sophisticated character. She is a woman who loves glamour and glory and can seem somewhat “above” other girls.
Krzysztof is currently directing his artistic energy on the stages of the Polish National Theatre in the opera Traviata. He is also performing in various theatre shows and musicals. For 7 consecutive years he was part of the Polish version of »Dancing With The Stars«. He was the the main choreographer for the TV show »So you think you can dance« and he is one of the most accomplished and praised latin-american coaches in Poland.
Krzystof will portray Joe, whose past in Argentina was stamped with poverty. That is why after marring Rossana he decided to find a better life in America. To make ends meet he is taking care of Jack’s dirty business. There are two sides of Joe… a cold blooded murderer and a passionate and romantic lover.
Janja is a highly respected choreographer in Poland, who choreographed two big TV shows »So you think you can dance« and »Dancing with The Stars«. She is also no stranger to The Polish National Theatre where she is dancing in the opera Triviata.
Janja will portray the role of Rossana, a sophisticated and passionate Argenitnian beauty, who fol-lowed Joe to America to pursue a better life. Joe means everything to her, that is why she fully supports him at his work. Rossana gives herself unconditionally to the passion and sensitivity of tango.
Peter is a one of a kind dancer who finds his way on every dancefloor. With his partner Maja he was placed 4th on The World Showdance Championships and 3rd on the European Showdance Championships. He was also a lecturer for the »The Imperial Dance & Dance Sport Faculties« in Great Britain. Peter also collaborated with Anton Podbevšek teatre in the show »20th Century«, directed by Matjaža Berger and was part of the successful theatre show »A Dancers Heart«, directed by Jurij Batagelj.
Peter will uniquely portray Juniñho Silva, an always cheerful Brazilian, peanut vendor and owner of a small fruit stand on the street. He could sell a cat in a bag to any passerby. He knows everything and can get you anything you need. That is why he is in good relations with both sides of the street.
Maja is a dedicated and hearty dancer who is a very successful coach in Slovenia and abroad. With Peter she achieved tremendous competitive success, such as bronze medal on the World Showdance Championships and she also performed on various theatre stages, for the famous direactor Matjaž Berger as well as in the theatre show “A Dancers Heart”
Maja will transform herself into Christina, a quiet and mysterious girl from Venezuela with a cruel past. She dreams of a better tomorrow and fills her days with dancing and secretly adoring the cunning vendor Junuñho.
Zala is a creative young singer and author of her own music, using piano and percussion. Music is her passion in every form. Sometimes she also immerses herself in the music of other authors to which she then gives her own unique stamp. In Slovenia she is well known as the finalist of a very successful TV show “Slovenia’s Got Talent”
With her velvet voice she will portray a young french girl, who immigrated from Europe to create a better tomorrow. She is a quiet sole with an exceptional talent that will open many doors for her throughout the story…
Miha is a multiple National, European and World Champion in different categories at IDO competi-tions (International Dance Organization) He is co-founder of the dance crew “The Artifex”, which is today his home and a studio of more than 150 young dancers.
Miha will portray Luke, a cheerful and playful sailor of Mexican roots, who entertains himself with girls and a bottle of rum, trying to forget the horrors of The War…
Tjaša is a successful dancer, coach and choreographer of contemporary dance.
She will portray Miss Simone, a married, but naughty middle-aged girl who puts her nose into everything and everyone. Miss Simone is a flirty girl of Italian roots, who loves the attention of men and is therefore enjoying their company. She has her eye on the mafia boss Jack.
TEENAGE GIRL 1
Petra is a jazz, contemporary and show dancer and choreographer who will bring a youthful and rebellious spirt to her role. She will portray a girl who is a new generation representative, spending time sitting around or cruising the streets of Brooklyn.
TEENAGE GIRL 2
Karin is a young dancer with a variety of experience dancing in different TV formats as well as in the Slovenian National Theatre of Opera and Ballet and also the City Theatre of Ljubljana. She will portray another dreamy teenager who is wondering the streets of Brooklyn with her friend.
Jan is a dancer and choreographer with many various experiences both from theatre stages as well as TV shows. He will portray a cunning and confident Italian who doesn’t really care about much. He flirts with every girl that passes by and can sometimes seem vulgar. He is always full of advice for his subordinate coworker, with whom they form a comical pair.
Aljoša is an attractive hip hop dancer, who always brings other dance styles to his performance as well. He is a member of the famous dance crew “Maestro” and has much experience performing on TV and concert stages.
Aljoša will portray and Irish immigrant that seems a bit rough around the edges, but is in fact a very kind and soft soul. He likes flirting with girls, but can sometimes seem clumsy, because he is also very shy.
Nika is a wonderful dancer who achieved highest praise at National, European and World Championships in the category of contemporary dance.
She will portray a sophisticated and orderly if a bit self-centred Ms. Altman, who secretly dreams of being one of Jacks’ girls…
Tim started his dancing career at the early age if 8 in the dance school Jay Dance Studio. Later on he continued in the dance School Bolero where he soon took over the main choreographer role and substituted the famous Nika Kljun. From 2012 to 2016 he was an active hip hop and show dance competitor, but was also a leading choreographer at numerous competitions.
Tim will portray Mr. Altman. A sophisticated gentleman, businessman of jewish roots, who comes to the bar with his wife Ms. Altman but doesn’t speak a word to her all day long. He is always reading a newspaper, but is secretly noticing every little thing that happens in the bar and the street.