The Vaganova Ballet Academy is reviving the International Ballet Competition Vaganova-PRIX 2016.
The Vaganova Ballet Academy supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation is reviving the International Ballet Competition Vaganova-PRIX for students of choreographic schools, colleges and academies. This year, the seventh edition of the Competition will be held in St. Petersburg on October 23– 29.
The competition is open for male and female dancers aged 15-18 receiving their training at choreographic professional institutions.
To take part in the competition, one needs to complete an application form and submit it to the Organizing committee either online or by mail before September 15. The Organizing committee of the Competition will meet the expenses for accommodations and meals for participants and the non-competing partners through all the days of their participation in the competition events.
The competition will be held in two rounds. The first round will comprise a classical dance lesson with elements of A. Vaganova class (for girls) and V. Ponomaryov (for boys) and will test technical skills of participants. During the second round participants will perform one classical duet or two variations from suggested program list. One of female variations is of A. Vaganova repertoire. Such a program would contribute to the strengthening of the unified educational space in the domain of ballet art as well as promote the achievements of the Russian ballet training system and performing arts.
The jury of the competition approved by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will individually evaluate each participant on the basis of two rounds using a 25-point assessment score. The winners will get cash prizes and other awards including those provided for by the Vaganova Ballet Academy: a ten-month VBA training and a Prize for the Best partner.
The Vaganova-PRIX awards ceremony and the Gala concert of the prize winners will be held on the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on October 29, 2016.
The competition aims to improve the methodology of classical dance training and enhance the quality of professional ballet education. To cope with this mission the Vaganova Ballet Academy will present master-classes and round-the-table discussions for participants of Vaganova Method Conference and for teachers accompanying the Vaganova-PRIX participants during the competition.
The Vaganova-PRIX was founded by the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1988. In 1995, the competition acquired its international status. The prize winners of the Vaganova-PRIX Competition include Ulyana Lopatkina (1990), Adrian Fadeev, Svetlana Zakharova, Igor Kolb (1995), Polina Semionova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Ekaterina Krysanova, Vladimir Shklyarov (2002), Vadim Muntagirov (2006) etc.
The competition is being sponsored by Grishko company, The Regional Foundation for Young Artists’ Support of Natalia Kosova, the Astoria Hotel, with the Mariinsky and Hermitage Theatres providing their premises for the Vaganova-PRIX events.