We asked five frequent judges for their advice, their pet peeves and their approach to the scoring process.
- Head of the men's program at Boston Ballet School, associate director of Boston Ballet II
- Valentina Kozlova IBC, Youth America Grand Prix
Igor Burlak, Courtesy Boston Ballet.
I am an advocate for competitions. I know there are people who are against them, but dancers can learn a lot when they're working one-to-one versus in a classroom setting. My mentor Bruce Marks, who was chair of the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson for many years, said, “the process is the prize." It's true. As a coach, I've had dancers win and lose, but I certainly feel like the process of setting a goal and working on something is valuable.