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The Boston International Ballet Competition is back for a second round. Founder Valentina Kozlova just announced the event will be held from June 12 to 17 this year. The former Bolshoi and New York City Ballet principal describes BIBC as less of a competition than a "celebration of young talent." That might sound like overly-idealized marketing speak. But look at the results: A whopping 38 medals and prizes were awarded to the almost 100 dancers who attended last year's innaugural event.

 

Dates: June 12–17

Location: Boston's Cutler Majestic Theater

Pennsylvania Ballet's beautiful Riolama Lorenzo just announced that she'll be ending her performing career next month. It will be a sad loss for the company, and for the ballet world. Lorenzo moves with a natural grace, and has amazing, fluid extensions that seem to reach to eternity. At 5'8", she's also an inspiration for other tall dancers. She started her career at New York City Ballet, where as a young corps member, Lorenzo was a favorite of the legendary Jerome Robbins.

Youth America Grand Prix’s “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” gala makes its Tampa debut January 22 at the David A. Straz, Jr Center for the Performing Arts. Dancers from New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet will dance alongside top-scoring students from YAGP’s 2012 Tampa semi-finals. One of those “Stars of Today” is Boston Ballet soloist Jeffrey Cirio.

The Bolshoi seems hungry for Americans right now. In addition to the company's high profile hiring of ABT principal David Hallberg, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy keeps finding new ways to open its doors to US students.

Yesterday, CBS Sunday Morning News featured David Hallberg, the first American to become a full-time dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. It offered a peek inside Hallberg's journey to Moscow. Along with some current shots of him rehearsing Nutcracker at American Ballet Theatre with Gillian Murphy, the most amazing part of the segment was archival footage of a pre-teen Hallberg.

There are certain choreographers whose movement just feels good on the body; it makes you want to never leave the studio. Lar Lubovitch is one of those choreographers. If you've never learned any of his work, I highly recommend his company's 2012 winter intensive this January.

 

Dates: January 9–14, 2012

Location: The Juilliard School, New York City

Sample Schedule: 9 am body conditioning; 10 am technique; 11:30 am lunch; 12:30 repertory; 2:30 lecture demonstrations

Fee: $350

After retiring from her illustrious career dancing for then directing the Finnish National Ballet, Doris Laine wasn't about to take up knitting. Instead, she created the Helsinki International Ballet Competition. Now in its seventh iteration, HIBC will accept 100 promising young dancers to fly to Finland to compete this summer. Applications are open until January 31.

 

Dates: May 29–June 7

Location: Finnish National Opera House in Helsinki, Finland

Founded: 1984

South Africa seems like an unlikely place for ballet. But Cape Town actually attracts its fair share of top talent, especially since the inception of the Cape Town Internationl Ballet Competition in 2008. Royal Ballet director designate Kevin O'Hare, Washington Ballet director Septime Webre, National Ballet School of Cuba director Ramona de Saá and other powerful players will be there this spring to judge promising young dancers from around the world.

 

Dates: February 27 to March 4

Location: Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa

Maybe I'm a snob, but I always saw 3D movies as a gimmicky fad that should never have left the '80s. Dance films in 3D seemed especially specious. Do you really want Giselle jumping out of the screen at you?

 

The French style of ballet has always been one of my favorites. I love that elongated line, that precision, that elegance. Francois Perron, a graduate of the Paris Opera Ballet School, recently opened the French Academie of Ballet in New York City, and this month he's offering a French Masters' Workshop to give students a quick immersion into the French style. Students will take technique, variations, partnering, and even jazz, modern and Gaga from top-notch French teachers.

 

Dates: December 18–21