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
Held: Every other year
Applications due: January 16
Past winners: Alys Shee (formerly with ABT II), Aaron Smythe (also formerly with ABT II), Andile Ndlovu (Washington Ballet)
Ages: Junior division dancers must be 15–18, senior division dancers 19–28
Categories: Dancers can compete as soloists or couples, in classical or contemporary
Awards: Gold, silver and bronze are named in each division for women and men in classical and contemporary. Monetary awards come with the prizes. One winner is selected to compete in Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York.