International Istanbul Ballet Competition

Istanbul may not be the first place you’d look for great ballet. But the Turkish city is an emerging arts capital, and one reason is the new International Istanbul Ballet Competition. The event brought in some heavyweight jury members in its first two editions, including Julio Bocca, Vladimir Malakhov, Irek Mukhamedov, Septime Webre and Yury Grigorovich. And this year, its offering an added bonus: Bolshoi ballet master Mikhail Lavrovsky will teach daily master classes open to any and all ballet students and professionals.