Boston International Ballet Competition Is Back

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

Eligible ages: 13 to 25

Judges: Mikko Nissinen, Oleksi Bessmertni, Hae Shik Kim, Andris Leipa, Margo Sappington, Violette Verdy, Septime Webre, among others

Last year's notable medalists: Andile Ndlovu, Brooklyn Mack, Alicia Fotino, Hannah Park, among others

Prizes: Medals come with up to $9,000, a number of contracts (to Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Columbia Classical Ballet, Washington Ballet Studio Company), performance opportunities (at the International Gala in Paris, the Maris Leipa Anniversary Gala in Moscow, and with the Chelyabinsk State Opera) and scholarships (to Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet and other schools) were awarded in 2011

Application deadline: March 30

Website: bostonibc.org

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