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World Ballet Competition Draws Hundreds of Tourists & Elite Talent to Orlando

Held annually in Orlando, Florida, USA at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, the World Ballet Competition (WBC) is set to bring more than 175 exquisite ballerinas and powerful male dancers to Florida sunshine from June 10-15, 2013.

The WBC has become one the most popular dance competitions worldwide for its focus on innovation and fairness; using a live online broadcast and instantaneous computerized scoring system. During the week-long event, dancers compete in several disqualifying rounds with classical and contemporary routines for the ultimate prize: the $10,000 Grand Prix Award amongst other significant cash prizes, coveted dance school scholarships, and job offers to the world’s most prominent dance companies

The event generates a significant economic impact to the Orlando area with an expected 1.2 million generated from the large influx of national and international competitors traveling with their coaches and families to enjoy Florida’s sunshine, theme parks, and many attractions during their visit.

Vasile Petrutiu, founder and executive director of the Central Florida Ballet, inaugurated the contest in 2007. “The event gives dancers huge exposure to not only the influx of directors, coaches, choreographers but also to those watching worldwide via our online broadcast.” Petrutiu immersed several unique features to keep the competition focused on its goals of fairness and innovation. 1) Competitor scores are immediately displayed to the audience after each routine via the computerized scoring system built specifically for the WBC. 2) All competitor names and dance school affiliation are kept secret until the end of competition eliminating any potential judging bias.

Above all, the competition draws the highest level of talent that exists in ballet. Former medalists include Taras Domitro (Cuba) principal and Sasha De Sola (USA) soloist of San Francisco Ballet; Jeffrey Cirio (USA), Joseph Gatti (USA), Whitney Jensen (USA) now principal and soloists of Boston Ballet; Natalia Domracheva and Andrei Pisarev (Ukraine) principal dancers of Kiev Opera and Ballet; Jordan-Elizabeth Long (USA) of Royal Swedish Ballet; Rui Huang (China) of the National Ballet of Canada and Yuki Osakawara (Japan) of Dresden Ballet (Germany) to name a few who are enjoying professional careers at the top of their field.

The World Ballet Competition’s Organizing Committee has selected just 175 dancers (ages 9-24) from countries worldwide for this year’s competition held June 10-14. Countries represented include Argentica, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Panama, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, USA, and Venezuela. The judging panel is an extensive roster of world-class dance professionals: David Palmer (representing Australia) Elisabetta Hertel (Italy), Yanis Pikieris (Columbia), Luba Gulyaeva (Russia), Pasha Kambalov and Viktor Plotnikov (Ukraine), Mihailo Djuric (Croatia), Mihaela and Nichi Vieru, (Germany), Jean Logrea and Cosmin Marculetiu (Romania), Marianna Tcherkassky, Heather Sanders, Bojan Spassoff and Stephanie Spassoff (representing USA).

Two events complementing the abundance of visiting talent include the 1) International Job Fair offering the unique opportunity for company and school directors to recruit top talent from the WBC’s competitors with no travel costs and at one time. 2) Another popular event is the Master Class Workshop offering daily instruction for local and out-of-town pre-selected dancers in ballet, pointe, and/or contemporary, modern, or pilates taught by the judging panel of the World Ballet Competition.

The electrifying All Stars of Dance performance will conclude the competition and has become a popular treat that has the community buzzing with excitement. This year’s performance is no exception with an excess of talent; featuring today’s dance stars from San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Complexions (several of whom are former medalists of the World Ballet Competition) sharing the spotlight with winners of the WBC. One of them is Taras Domitro, now principal dancer of San Francisco Ballet, who won the WBC Professional Category Gold Medal in 2008. Another is Sasha de Sola, now soloist of San Francisco Ballet, who won the Gold Medal in 2008 and also grew up studying in Orlando, Florida. The final is Jeffrey Cirio who won the Gold Medal in the Pre-Professional Category in 2009 while also a student in Orlando, Florida and is now principal dancer at Boston Ballet.

You can see the WBC’s future stars in action during this year’s competition rounds. The contest will be held at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center from Monday, June 10- Friday, June 14; starting daily at 5:30pm. Tickets are $10/day or $35 for the All Rounds pass. Those out-of-town can watch via the live internet broadcast at www.worldballetcompetition.com.

Tickets to the concluding All Stars of Dance performance range from $25 -150 and can be purchased online at www.worldballetcompetition.com ­­or by calling 407.849.4669. This event is a must-see for every arts fan!

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