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Gala Performance


The electrifying 11th Anniversary Gala Performance will conclude the 2017 World Ballet 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 sharing the spotlight among winners of the 2017 World Ballet Competition.

The performance will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Linda Chapin Theater in the Orange County Convention Center located at 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Parking can be found in the "West Concourse".

Tickets range from $25 - $100. This event is a must-see for every arts fan!



Annually named "TOP EVENT" by the Orlando Sentinel and Featured on Orlando Magazine's "Short List"

WBC aired and featured by Channel 13's Allison Walker, Ce Buna Dimineata Television Show in Romania, Dance for You Magazine based in Europe, Dancer Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Studio Life Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Magazine, Orlando Weekly, chART Magazine, Orlando Arts Magazine, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, El Osceola Star, Linha Alberta, Tu Revista Mujer, El Sentinel, El Osceola Star, El Sol de la Florida, CMD Magazine, and La Prensa Newspaper.

  • "The performance was amazing! I have never seen so many standing ovations. "
  • "World Ballet Competition. A fabulous event every year! Let’s keep it here in the arca."
  • "What a treasure! Thank you for holding this in Orlando!"
  • "We have come from St. Petersburg for the last three years. Our party has grown from one to four this year! Wouldn't miss it for the WORLD!"
  • "Wonderful event – what a great addition and representation of Orlando/Orange County Culture – a true international event."

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Alumni of World Ballet Competition USA


Isaac Akiba (USA) – Boston Ballet (USA) - Second Soloist

Carina Brown (USA) - Oregon Ballet Theatre

Kuei-Hsien Chu (Taiwan) – Ballet West

Jeffrey Cirio (USA) – Boston Ballet (USA) - Principal Dancer 

Abigail Cotter (USA) - Colorado Ballet, Studio Company

Sasha De Sola (USA) – San Francisco Ballet (USA) - Soloist

Natalia Domracheva (Ukraine) – Kiev Opera and Ballet (Ukraine) – Principal Dancer

Taras Domitro (Cuba) - San Francisco Ballet (USA) – Principal Dancer

Norton Fantinel (Brazil) – Washington Ballet (USA) - Soloist

Andres Figueroa (Columbia) – Tulsa Ballet, OK

Israel Garcia Chenge - Milwaukee Ballet II

Joseph Gatti (USA) – Boston Ballet (Spain) - Soloist

Diana Gomez (Columbia) – Tulsa Ballet, OK

Walter Gutierrez Garcia - Ballet San Jose

Meredith Harrill (USA)– State Street Ballet

Isaac Hernandez (Mexico) - Het National Ballet, Principal Dancer

Douglas Horne (USA) - Orlando Ballet

Rui Huang (China) - National Ballet of Canada

Nayon Iovino - Ballet Arizona

Whitney Jensen (USA) – Boston Ballet (USA) - Soloist 

Avetik Karapetyan (Armenia) – Royal Swedish Ballet (Sweden) - Soloist

Amber Lewis - Ballet Arizona

Jordan-Elizabeth Long (USA) – Dutch National Ballet (Netherlands)

Ashley Brooke Lunn (USA) – Czech Republic Ballet (Czech Republic), Slovak National Theatre

Arielle Martin (USA) – Teatrul de Balet Sibiu; Atlantic Ballet of Canada

Tarasina Masi (USA) – Vanemuine Ballet

Thomas Mattingly (USA) – Ballet West - Principal

Tamako Miyazaki (Japan) - Washington Ballet

Kenya Nakamura (Japan) – Singapore Dance Theatre - First Artist

Yoshiaki Nakano - Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Soloist

Minji Nam (Japan) - Royal Swedish Ballet (Sweden) - Soloist

Zherlin Ndudi (Ukraine) - Ballet Arizona

Yuki Ogasawara (Japan) – Dresden Opera and Ballet (Germany)

Saaya Pikula - Teatrul de Balet Sibiu

Andrei Pisarev (Ukraine) - Russia

Kirill Poselyanov - Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

Grace-Anne Powers (USA) - Ballet San Jose

Giovanni Rotolo (Italy) - Czech National Ballet, Demi-Soloist

Joao Pedro Sampaio (Brazil) - Tulsa Ballet

Dylan Santos (Brazil) - State Street Ballet

Mary Ann Schaefer (USA) - Ballet West, Studio Company

JoAnna Schmidt (USA) - Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Alvin Tovstogray (Ukraine) - Oklahoma city Ballet

Gleidson Vasconcelos (Brazil) - Ballet Arizona

Veronika Verterich (USA) - Indianapolis City Ballet

Junxiong Zhao - Ballet Arizona



Katia Almayeva (USA) – Marina Almayeva School of Classical Ballet

Hannah Marie Bettes (USA) – Ballet Academy of Central Florida, Orlando FL, Now Royal Ballet School of London

Carina Brown (USA) – Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC (USA)

Hunter Finnegan (USA) – Ballet Academy of Central Florida, Orlando, FL; Now School of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater

Miko Fogarty (UK) - Diablo Ballet Apprentice Program

Tiare Keeno - Julliard Dance Program, NYC

Tatiana Masi (USA) – USA Ballet Academy

Jong-Suk Park (Korea) - Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC (USA)

Kaitlyn Potts (USA) – Texas Ballet Theater

Emma Pressman (USA) – Harid Conservatory – Boca Raton, FL.

Brittany Ross (USA) – State Ballet of Delaware

Emily Slawski (USA) – Space Coast Ballet Academy

Hannah Wright (USA) – Julliard Dance Program, NYC

Nana Yamatani (Japan) – Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC (USA)

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