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Danza Ballet



1 marzo, 2011


Celebration of the Life and Work of ILONA COPEN with performances by artists from American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble, Limon Dance Company, New Jersey Ballet, Joffrey Ballet/Chicago, North Carolina Dance Theatre.



  • Tuesday March 22, 7:30 PM
  • Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place
  • Tickets to performance only: http://skirballcenter.nyu.edu/calendar/nyibc or call 212-352-3101
  • Tickets to performance and dinner/dance following, call 212-956-1520 or http://nyibcgala.charityhappenings.org
  • tickets start at $500

Dancers from major ballet and contemporary dance companies will gather on March 22 at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts to pay tribute to the life and work of Ilona Copen, late Founder and Executive Director Emerita of New York International Ballet Competition. A longtime major figure on the New York dance scene, Ms. Copen was also a founding Board member of World Dance Alliance, a Board member of several dance companies, and an invaluable advisor and mentor to numerous companies and individual artists.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the first Ilona Copen Award. Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride have been selected by the Artistic Board of NYIBC to be the first honorees for their contributions to the lives and artistry of young dancers, and to the world of dance in general. The Award will be presented by Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Members of the NYIBC Artistic Board for the Gala are Frank Anderson, Julio Bocca, Eleanor D'Antuono (Artistic Director of NYIBC), Frederic Franklin, Marilyn Hunt, Virginia Johnson, Valentina Kozlova, Robert Lindgren, Paul McCrae, John Meehan, Ben Stevenson, Denise Jackson Sutherland, and Violette Verdy. Executive Director of NYIBC is Marcia De La Garza.


José Manuel Carreño
Ave Maria…………………. Igal Perry
Carreño, longtime principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, was a Gold Medalist at the second NYIBC in 1987

Alessandra Ball & Addul Manzano
Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux…………. George Balanchine
North Carolina Dance Theatre
George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Ana Luiza Luizi & Junio Teixeria (NYIBC Alumni 2005)
Vladimir Salimbaev – New Jersey Ballet

Flavia Garcia & DaVon Doane
Diana and Acteon………… Agrippina Vaganova
Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble

Matthew Rushing
A Song for You………….. Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Roxane D’Orleans Juste
Spanish Dance………. Daniel Nagrin
Limón Dance Company

Victoria Jaiani (NYIBC Alumna 2003)
The Dying Swan….Michel Fokine
Joffrey Ballet

New York International Ballet Competition, Educating, mentoring and providing performance and career advancement opportunities since 1984. Founded by Ilona Copen and Igor Youskevitch.

New York International Ballet Competition (NYIBC) is a three-week intensive professional training and artistic education program for forty-eight talented young dancers from countries around the world, all of whom receive full scholarships. NYIBC nurtures promising dancers aged 17 to 24 from all ethnicities, providing them with an exceptional opportunity to completely focus on training to perform at their highest artistic level. In addition, NYIBC attracts hiring artistic directors and choreographers who is confident that a dancer who has been mentored and trained at NYIBC can endure the rhythm of work and life in a ballet company. Beyond performance and career advancement opportunities, the dancers form a diverse international company in which lifelong associations are born. For more information, visit the NYIBC website: www.nyibc.org

The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU:
The Skirball Center is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for NYU and lower Manhattan. The programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. Since 2003, the 860-seat Center has provided a unique venue for enhancing a sense of community while continuing the Greenwich Village traditions of creativity and artistic discovery with a broad range of compelling performance events at affordable ticket prices. Led by Executive Producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and Director Michael Harrington, a natural and vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu

© 2005 – 2011 Danza Ballet


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