The next NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION will mark the organization's 25th Anniversary.
Dancers from around the world will arrive in New York City for the two-week preparation period, June 8- 25, and public performances will take place June 24-28 at the Rose Theater, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 60th Street.Founder Ilona Copen continues as Executive Director; Richard Chen See is Director; and Eleanor d'Anutono remains at Artistic Director.
Nanette Glushak (USA / President of the Jury) – Artistic Director, Ballet du Capitole
Born in New York, Ms. Glushak trained at the School of American Ballet. At age sixteen, Mr. Balanchine invited her to join New York City Ballet. In 1970, Ms. Glushak joined American Ballet Theatre, becoming a soloist two years later. She danced Principal roles in Don Quixote (Baryshnikov), Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere (Makarova), Raymonda (Nureyev) and in ballets of Robbins, Tudor, Tetley, Ailey, MacMillan, Ashton, Tharp, among others.
Mikhaïl Baryshnikov invited her to dance with him in Balanchine’s Apollo at the Chicago International Festival. Between 1983 and 1987, she co-directed the Fort-Worth Ballet with Michel Rahn. A “répétiteur” for the Balanchine Trust since 1987, she continues staging Balanchine repertoire throughout Europe and Japan. She has been Guest Teacher for many companies in Europe and in 1988 she became the Director of the Scottish Ballet.
Since 1994, Ms. Glushak has been directing the Ballet du Capitole of Toulouse, France. Her productions of Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, and Balanchine ballets have obtained critical acclaim, placing the Ballet du Capitole among the most highly acclaimed companies in France.
Hae Shik Kim (Korea) – First Dean of School of Dance, Korea National University of Arts
A native of Seoul, Ms. Kim received her training at Ewha Women's University and the Royal Ballet Upper School in London. She danced with the Zurich Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and as Prima Ballerina of the Korea National Ballet Company. Following her retirement from the stage, Ms. Kim taught at California State U/Fresno for 17 years. From 1993-96 she was an Artistic Director of the Korea National Ballet Company. She taught at the Korea National University of Arts for 11 years, and for 8 of those years was also the School's First Dean of Dance.
Ms. Kim is a familiar presence at competitions around the world, having served on panels of competitions in Varna, Jackson, Helsinki, Nagoya, Shanghai, Luxemburg, and Lausanne, and is also Artistic Director of the Seoul International Dance Competition. Currently, she is President of Korea World Dance Alliance and CEO of the Seoul International Dance Network. Among her awards are the Ilmin Cultural Prize and the Ock Kwan Medal from the Korean Government.
Lita Beiris (Latvia) – Director, International Baltic Ballet Festival
Born in Latvia, Ms. Beiris trained with the Latvian National Ballet School, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Kirov Ballet, Deutsche Opera Ballet among major ballet companies in Europe. She has danced as prima ballerina for the Latvian National Opera Ballet, performing principal roles around the world. Since 1985, Ms. Beiris has served as Ballet Master, choreographer and pedagogue for the Latvian National Opera Ballet. Her choreography has been performed at international ballet festivals throughout Europe as well as the Shanghai Teacher’s University Performing Arts College.
She was awarded the Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition of Moscow and the International Competition of Varna/ Bulgaria in 1980. She has received additional awards from the Republic of Latvia, including the title of Honored Artist of Latvia and Peoples Artist of Latvia. She has also served as jury member and teacher for international ballet competitions in Helsinki, Shanghai, Paris, South Africa and the United States. Currently, Ms. Beiris is the President of the Latvian Professional Ballet Association, Director of the Lita Beiris Dance Fund and Director of the International Baltic Ballet Festival.
Stanton Welch (Australia) – Artistic Director, Houston Ballet
In July 2003, Australian Stanton Welch assumed leadership of Houston Ballet, America's fourth largest classical ballet company. Since he took the helm of the company, Mr. Welch has revitalized Houston Ballet, bringing in new dancers, commissioning new works, and attracting a top-flight artistic staff.
One of the most sought after choreographers of his generation, Mr. Welch has created works for such prestigious international companies as Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. Madame Butterfly (1995) has become a signature work for Mr. Welch internationally, and in February 2009, the company will unveil Mr. Welch’s spectacular Marie in Houston.
Julio Bocca (Argentina) – Artistic Director, Ballet Argentino
Born and trained in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bocca was principal dancer with the Fundación Teresa Carreño in Venezuela and the Teatro Municipal of Río de Janeiro in Brazil. In 1986, he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Moscow, and the following year joined American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer, remaining with that company until 2006.
Mr. Bocca has been a Guest Artist with almost every major ballet company around the world, partnering the most illustrious ballerinas. In 1990, he founded Ballet Argentino, taking the helm as director in 1997. In addition to his current role as director, he founded the Musical Theater School with Ricky Pashkus. Awards include: Dancer of the Year New York Times (1987); Dance Magazine Award (1992); Gold Medal of the Arts – achievements and dedication to cultural exchange between Argentina and the USA (2008).
Julio Bocca is the Cultural Ambassador for the Mercosur, Honorary Member of World Dance Alliance; was a Jury Member of NYIBC 2000, and a Juror at Benois de la Danse Prize 2008.
Mikko Nissinen (Finland) – Artistic Director, Boston Ballet
Mikko Nissinen is recognized internationally as an accomplished dancer, teacher and artistic director. He was appointed artistic director of Boston Ballet and the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education in September 2001. Born in Helsinki, Finland, Nissinen trained with The Finnish National Ballet School and The Kirov Ballet School, and went on to dance with Dutch National Ballet, Basel Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, where he held the position of principal dancer for ten years. Nissinen became artistic director of Marin Ballet in San Rafael, California in 1996 and Alberta Ballet, in Calgary, Canada in 1998.
Nissinen has defined Boston Ballet’s image with classical, neo-classical and contemporary works from many of the world’s finest choreographers.
Nissinen has choreographed The Nutcracker and Swan Lake for Boston Ballet. He is a member of the Artistic Committee for the New York Choreographic Institute and the recipient of the Finlandia Foundation’s 2008 Arts and Letters Award and the 2007 United Nations Association of Greater Boston Leadership Award.
ASHLEY WHEATER (United Kingdom) – Artistic Director, The Joffrey Ballet
Born in Scotland and raised in England, Mr. Wheater was trained at the Royal Ballet School where, at a young age, he participated in numerous productions with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden Mr. Wheater began his professional career with The Royal Ballet, subsequently joining London Festival Ballet, and in 1982 he joined The Australian Ballet.
In 1985 Mr. Wheater joined The Joffrey Ballet, where he worked with Robert Joffrey, William Forsythe, Gerald Arpino, as well as appearing in works by Frederick Ashton and John Cranko. In 1989 he joined San Francisco Ballet where he danced numerous full-lengths and repertoire under Helgi Tomasson. Mr. Wheater was appointed Ballet Master of San Francisco Ballet in 1997 and was named Assistant to the Artistic Director in 2002.
In 2007, Mr. Wheater was appointed Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet.
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