Ballet Preparatory School

Jana Jodasová

Head of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School

She began devoting to ballet at the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School under the tutelage of Naděžda Sobotková (1970–1973). From 1973 to 1976 she attended the Prague State Conservatory under Albína Kliková. After passing all her exams, she began studying at the school’s Dance Department in the class of Olga Pásková. After completing her education, concluding in a graduation performance in the role of the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty in 1981, she joined the Czech National Ballet.
She danced in all premieres of both the classical and modern repertoire, including in the productions The Stone Flower, Jennifer, Spartacus, Macbeth, The Bouquet of Flowers, Petrushka and The Firebird, in the suite Paquita, in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Ferda the Ant, Isadora Duncan, The Chap-book, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Lucrezia Borgia, Coppélia, La Sylphide, From Fairy Tale to Fairy Tale, La dame aux camélias, Le Bal, Prince Bajaja, Little Mr. Friedemann and Psycho, The Sleeping Beauty, Wary in Vain, Songs of the Night, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Sylvia, Carmen, Cinderella, Some Like It… and Tchaikovsky. 
She also portrayed solo roles in numerous ballets, including the Mother (The Bouquet of Flowers – the part of Lily, 1984), Janinka (Fireflies, 1992), the Guide (Mowgli, 1996), Johannes’s Mother (Little Mr. Friedemann / Psycho, 2000), Sybille (Raymonda, 2001), the Mother and Bathilde (Giselle, 2004), the Nurse (Onegin, 2005). She danced in three Swan Lake productions: in the Spanish Pair solo, as the Queen, and in the roles of swans.
On 1 February 1998, she began working as a pedagogue at the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School. During her time there, she has nurtured numerous young talents and successfully prepared them for exams at the Dance Conservatory in Prague. She has also trained and guided pupils in acclaimed Czech National Ballet performances – Goldilocks, The Nutcracker and La Sylphide / Napoli. Moreover, since 2004 she has been a Czech National Ballet rehearsal accompanist.
With effect from 1 January 2011, she was appointed head of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School.

Naděžda Sobotková

Pedagogue of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School

Studied with the pedagogues A. Handlová and J. Nikolská. In 1956 she graduated in dance education from the Dance Department of the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. She has worked at the National Theatre since 1939. In 1948 she was appointed a soloist and in 1959 ballet master and head of the National Theatre Opera ballet section. She applied her technical skills and powers of expression in the roles of, to name but a few: the Woman in The Mill for Women, May, the Water Lilly and New Year in the ballet From Fairy Tale to Fairy Tale, the Goddess of Light in Prometheus, Tao-Cho in Red Poppy, Lotta in The Philosopher’s Story, the Water Nymph in Victorka, the Ugly Sister in Cinderella, Anička in Jánošík, Amor in Flames of Paris and the Butterfly in Carnival.
As an assistant choreographer, she has worked on numerous productions: The Miracles of Mary, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Carmen, Tamerlane, Der Freischutz, Manon Lescaut, Mirandolina, Eva, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Brandenburgers in Bohemia, Copernicus, Libuše, The Greek Passion, Master Jeroným, A Christmas Night Story, The Dogheads, Falstaff and Betrothal in
a Monastery.
From 1983 to 2010 she was head of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School. Under her management, the school further developed, was widely promoted among the public and its pupils successfully appeared in Czech National Ballet performances. Highly acclaimed was their show marking the 50th anniversary of the school’s renewal. In 1998 Naďa Sobotková received a Senior Prix from the Artist’s Life foundation.

Monika Kysilová

Pedagogue of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School

Born in Prague, she received her first dance lessons at the age of three. When she was six, she began attending the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School (under the tutelage of Naděžda Sobotková and Dagmar Špryslová). From 1988 to 1996 she studied at the Prague Dance Conservatory. In 1996 she was engaged by the Czech National Ballet, where she has worked ever since. Audiences have seen her in the productions Swan Lake (Pas de trois), Cinderella (Fairy), Giselle (Companions), La Sylphide, Raymonda, Ballet Mania, Onegin, The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, etc.




Pavla Zusková

Pedagogue of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School

Born in Prague, studied at the Prague Dance Conservatory, from which she graduated in 1997. In the same year she joined the National Theatre as a member of the ballet company, where in 2005 she became a demi-soloist. Her classical solo roles include the Spanish Dance and Pas de trois in Swan Lake, Myrtha’s Companion in Giselle, the Courtesan in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, the Indian Dance in Yuri Grigorovich’s The Nutcracker, the Arabian Dance and Solo Waltz in the ballet The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, choreographed by Youri Vàmos, Pas de six in Act III of the ballet Napoli and Raymonda’s Friend in Yuri Grigorovich’s Raymonda. She has also danced in Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, Goldilocks, Ballet Mania and La Sylphide.
When it comes to the modern repertoire, she has appeared in Alvin Ailey’s choreography The River (solo duet), Jiří Kylián’s The Child and Magic, Petite Mort and Sinfonietta, George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Itzik Galili’s Through Nana’s Eyes and Petr Zuska’s Among the Mountains, Ways 03, Requiem, Ibbur, or
A Prague Mystery, D.M.J. 1953 – 1977 and BREL - VYSOTSKY - KRYL / Solo for Three.