New York International Ballet Competition (NYIBC) 2009
NYIBC's unique format distinguishes it from all other international ballet competitions. Upon the arrival of the dancers the repertory is announced and all dancers are taught three pas de deux by world-renowned teachers and coaches during the first two weeks of NYIBC. The study program is completed the third week when the dancers showcase their talents by performing the learned repertoire at Lincoln Center. After each round the dancers with the highest scores are advanced. In the Gala Performance, medal winners are joined by selected dancers from this year's NYIBC and alumni.
New York International Ballet Competition, Inc. is the premiere program of its kind in the world providing dance education and employment opportunities for young dancers ages 17 to 24. Held every two years at Lincoln Center, the 10th NYIBC will take place June 8 to 28, 2009.
NYIBC is a tuition-free, three-week intensive study program. Unlike any other study program or competition, NYIBC is financially responsible for the forty-eight dancers for their entire three-week stay. This includes room, board, intra-city transportation, classes, teaching of repertoire, studios, entertainment and cultural activities. This provides an equal opportunity across economic lines and allows the dancers to be completely focused on the training. It allows them to perform and present themselves at their highest artistic level.
Comprehensive applications are submitted to NYIBC. Forty-eight (48) dancers, twenty-four (24) couples from around the world are selected to participate by the Artistic Board. It is only after the dancers arrive in New York that they learn the exact repertoire they will be studying. All the dancers learn the repertoire with the same teachers and coaches under the same conditions. This experience allows the dancers to expand educationally and artistically. NYIBC is an experience that enriches and often defines the course of these young dancers' lives.
NYIBC begins with two weeks of technique classes and the learning and rehearsing of two classical and one contemporary pas de deux. The repertoire, chosen from our rich dance heritage, is taught by world-renowned teachers and coaches. They are masters of their profession. In teaching the repertoire, they pass their artistry of classical ballet to this younger generation. The opportunity to learn such outstanding repertoire from such extraordinary artists provides the dancers with professional training they could not receive elsewhere.
A typical day during the first two weeks consists of all the dancers taking a technique class together from 9:30am to 11:00am. The dancers are then split into three groups. The groups rotate every two days. At the end of the week they have worked with the three coaches and learned the three pas de deux. The rehearsal day is from 11am to 6pm. Sunday they rest. The study program is completed the third week when the dancers showcase their talents by performing the learned repertoire at Lincoln Center. Audiences delight in the unique format of NYIBC. Because the dancers perform the same repertoire, the audience becomes familiar with the choreography and music of each pas de deux. They learn to differentiate and appreciate the artistic and cultural nuances each dancer brings to each piece.
NYIBC attracts the best in ballet to adjudicate. Each year NYIBC pays tribute to a member of the dance community at the NYIBC Gala.
Since the first NYIBC in 1984, more than half the participating dancers have been offered contracts with major national and international companies. They have gone on to shine with the foremost companies in the United States and abroad, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Royal Danish Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and Feld Ballets/NY, among many others.
The following is a partial list of past NYIBC participants and where they have gone:
- 1984 – Victoria Mazzarelli, Principal, Zurich Ballet
- 1984 – Alexander Proia, Soloist, New York City Ballet
- 1987 – Petrusjka Broholm, Principal, Royal Danish Ballet
- 1987 – José Manuel Carréno, Principal, American Ballet Theatre
- 1987 – Maximiliano Guerra, Principal, Teatro alla Scala di Milano
- 1987 – Xin Li Li, Artistic Director, Shanghai Ballet
- 1987 – Stephanie Murrish, Director, Lone Star Ballet
- 1987 – Anders Nordström, Principal, Royal Swedish Ballet
- 1987 – Yang Xin Hua, Director, Shanghai Ballet School
- 1990 – Barry Hughson, Executive Director, American Repertory Ballet
- 1990 – Diliana Nikitorova, Principal, National Ballet of Bulgaria
- 1990 – Silvina Perillo, Teatro Colon
- 1993 – Bernard Courtot de Bouteiller, Principal, Miami City Ballet
- 1993 – Boris de Leeuw, Principal, Dutch National Ballet
- 1996 – Carlos Molina, Principal, Boston Ballet
- 1996 – Gillian Murphy, Principal, American Ballet Theatre
- 2000 – Mikhail Ilyin, Principal, Miami City Ballet
- 2000 – Sarah Lamb, Principal, Royal Ballet
- 2003 – Cesar Morales, First Soloist, English National Ballet
- 2003 – Ludmilla Pagliero, Paris Opera Ballet
- 2003 – Christopher Rickert, Royal Danish Ballet
- 2003 – Victoria Jaiani, Joffrey Ballet
- 2005 – Joseph Gatti, Soloist, Cincinatti Ballet
- 2005 – Gleidson Soares Vasconcelos, Soloist, Royal Winnipeg Ballet
For a complete listing of NYIBC alumni, click here.
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