Varna Victory

For many dancers, the International Ballet Competition in Varna is the ultimate test of technique and artistry. In ballet, a gold from Varna is just as prestigious as all those medals Michael Phelps has hanging around his neck.

 

Congrats to Americans Brooklyn Mack and Miko Fogarty, who both just had incredible showings at the 25th IBC–Varna. Mack, a dancer with The Washington Ballet, shared the gold with Denis Cherevichko for the senior men. Fogarty, who was recently featured in the documentary "First Position," took home a thrid class distinction. Here are the rest of the results.


Senior Women 

Gold Medal: Not awarded
Silver Medal: Miki Wakuta, Japan and Chae-Eun Yang, Korea
Bronze Medal: Christina Chochanova, Bulgaria and Aigerim Beketayeva, Kazakhstan


Senior Men
Gold Medal: Brooklyn Mack, USA and Denis Cherevichko, Austria
Silver Medal: Arata Miyagawa, Japan
Bronze Medal: Not awarded

Junior Girls
First Class Distinction: Wang Qingxin, China
Second Class Distinction: Not awarded
Third Class Distinctions: Min Jung Kim, Korea, Nataly Bratanova, Bulgaria and Miko Fogarty, USA

Junior Boys
First Class Distinction: He Taiyu, China
Second Class Distinction: Not awarded
Third Class Distinction: Joo Won Ahn, Korea

 

Other Awards
Special Distinction: He Taiyu, China
Special "Emil Dimitrov" prize for young talents:  He Taiyu, China
Prize from the "Nina Kiradjieva" Fund: Christina Chochanova, Bulgaria
Prizes for promising junior dancers awarded by Sylvia Co., Japan: Kateryna Odarenko, Belarus and Joo Won Ahn, Korea

Latest Posts


Courtesy Dance Theatre of Harlem Archives

What to Watch: Dance Theatre of Harlem Streams Its Historic "Creole Giselle" on June 6

In 1984, Dance Theatre of Harlem co-founder Arthur Mitchell took one of ballet oldest surviving ballets, Giselle, and gave it a uniquely American twist: He moved the ballet's setting from medieval Europe to an Afro-Creole community in 1840s Louisiana. The resulting production, Creole Giselle, featured an all-Black cast and was hailed by critics as a groundbreaking achievement. While the ballet hasn't been performed for quite some time, it was filmed for television in 1987, starring current DTH artistic director Virginia Johnson in the title role.

This weekend, we'll have a chance to witness this important work. On Saturday, June 6, at 8 pm EDT, the company will stream Creole Giselle on its Facebook page and YouTube channel as part of its DTH on Demand Virtual Ballet Series. And throughout the week, DTH is hosting preview events on its social media platforms with original cast members and current company artists.


Keep reading SHOW LESS
Getty Images

Class of 2020, These Ballet Stars Have a Heartfelt Video Message Just for You

Congratulations to this year's graduating seniors!

You might not have had the chance to take that long planned-for final bow, but we're here to cheer you on and celebrate all that you've accomplished. And we've brought together stars from across the ballet world to help us; check out the video to hear their best wishes for your futures.

To further fête all of the ballet grads out there, we're also giving away 100 free subscriptions to Pointe... plus, one lucky bunhead will receive a personalized message from one of ballet's biggest stars. Click here to enter!


Tulsa Ballet in Ma Cong's Tchaikovsky: The Man Behind the Music. Kate Luber Photography, Courtesy Tulsa Ballet.

Updated: Mark Your Calendars for These Online Ballet Performances

Updated on 5/27/2020

Since COVID-19 has forced ballet companies around the world to cancel performances—and even the remainder of their seasons—many are keeping their audiences engaged by streaming or posting pre-recorded performances onto their websites or social media channels. To help keep you inspired during these challenging times, we've put together a list of upcoming streaming events and digital performances.

Keep reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks