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World Ballet Competition Draws Elite Talent to Orlando for World Finals

Over one hundred elite ballet dancers will arrive in Orlando this June for the 2013 Finals of the World Ballet Competition (WBC); the premier international dance competition that is ruled by fairness and innovation.

Orlando, Florida, USA

Photo 1: Lake Eola in the heart of Downtown Orlando, Florida, USA. Photo 2: The famous Mickey Mouse with pals Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

As the “new kid on the block”, the World Ballet Competition has already become one of the most popular competitions worldwide. Since 2007, the WBC’s elite competitors have represented countries from five continents: Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. “Our unique elements are a huge draw for dancers.” says Founder and Executive Director, Vasile Petrutiu. The World Ballet Competition uses an Olympics-like instantaneous scoring system (unheard of in the ballet world) and broadcasts all competition rounds live on the internet.

In addition, the World Ballet Competition contains two elements unheard of international ballet competitions to eliminate judging bias. 1) All competitor names, dance school affiliation, and teachers are kept secret until the competition ends. 2) Competitor scores are immediately displayed to the audience after each routine is completed and published on the WBC. “Our participants enjoy the fair and open atmosphere of our competition. It’s a breath of fresh air to them”.

Competitors receive tremendous exposure by competing in the World Ballet Competition not only from the directors, master teachers, choreographers, and more attending in Orlando, but from the LIVE internet broadcast. Dancers are also drawn to compete based on the success of past competition winners who have been hired by today’s most prominent dance companies including:

  • Taras Domitro, Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet (2008 Gold Medalist)
  • Jeffrey Cirio, Principal Dancer of Boston Ballet (2009 Gold Medalist)
  • Isaac Hernandez, Soloist of Dutch National Ballet (2010 Gold Medalist)
  • Whitney Jensen, Soloist of Boston Ballet (2007 Gold Medalist)
  • Sasha de Sola, Soloist of San Francisco Ballet (2008 Silver Medalist)
  • Minji Nam, Soloist of Royal Swedish Ballet (2007 Bronze Medalist)
  • Avetik Karapetyan, Soloist of Royal Swedish Ballet (WBC 2007 Silver Medalist)
  • Natalia Domracheva, Principal Dancer of Kiev Opera and Ballet in Ukraine (WBC 2007 Gold Medalist)

The search for the next ballet superstar begins when the World Ballet Competition takes the stage in Orlando, Florida, USA from June 10 – 15. Participants will compete in three eliminating rounds where the winners are awarded cash prizes, scholarships, and job offers (including the coveted Grand Prix of $10,000 USD)! Viewers worldwide can watch the competition via the free internet broadcast at www.WorldBalletCompetition.com. Attendees in Orlando can watch up close in the theater for $10 per day or $35 for the 5-day WBC All Rounds Pass.

Plus, seven competitors who were awarded medals from the recently held World Ballet Competition OPEN in Sibiu, Romania (a regional version of the WBC) will advance to the World Ballet Competition in Orlando.

A not-to-miss event; is the WBC International Job Fair where dancers (age 16+) can audition one place and one time for dance companies worldwide. Held on Friday, June 14, company directors attending at the theater or watching via the live broadcast will be looking for dancers to hire for the 2013 - 2014 Season. Past attendees have been awarded contracts to Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Washington Ballet, Ballet West, Orlando Ballet, Festival Ballet of Providence, and Teatrul de Balet Sibiu.

Dancers searching for additional training should look to the WBC Master Class Workshop. The workshop offers 3 and ½ hours of daily instruction taught by the judges of the World Ballet Competition along with guest artists. Held from Monday, June 10-Friday, June 14, daily classes are offered in ballet, pointe, and one class of either: modern, jazz, or contemporary.

The WBC culminates on Saturday, June 15 with the electrifying "All Stars of Dance", a one night only performance featuring the winners of the 2013 World Ballet Competition sharing the spotlight with the today’s ballet superstars! The All Stars of Dance has showcased principal dancers of San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Complexions Dance Company (NYC), and Washington Ballet among many others. Mihaela Vieru, Owner and Publisher of ‘Dance For You’ Magazine based in Europe, recommended “Ballet enthusiasts would do well to order tickets early...because the word is spreading like wildfire."

For more information on the World Ballet Competition, visit http://www.WorldBalletCompetition.com or call 407.849.9948

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