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Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition at Symphony Space, May 28-30

by Audrey Ross
February 26, 2015
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 864-1414
Valentina Kozlova announces the next Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC), May 28-30 at Symphony Space, Broadway & 95th Street, New York City. The event will consist of two days of ballet competition, with a round for contemporary choreography, performed by talented young dancers from around the world. Four groups of entrants will be presented: youth, students, juniors, and seniors, all competing with variations and duets from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Raymonda, Paquita, and other classics, selected from the list provided by VKIBC.

Prizes include positions with companies and scholarships to schools in the U.S., Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, Romania, Canada, France, and more, along with cash prizes, costumes, and other awards. (complete list of awards will be announced soon.)

VKIBC was founded to allow student and professional dancers an opportunity to perform and compete in a positive and encouraging atmosphere before a distinguished panel of international judges.

The 2015 Jury:

- Violette Verdy, Honorary Chairman
- Mikko Nissinen, Honorary Chairman
- Andris Liepa, Chairman of the Judges, People's Artist of Russia, principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, guest
with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre
- Tracy Inman, President of the Jury for Contemporary Dances, Co-Director, Alvin Ailey School, NYC
- Deborah Hess (Canada), Coordinator of student exchanges, National Ballet School
- Zhirui (Regina) Zou (China), Executive Director/President of the Ballet Department of Beijing Dance Academy
- Miriam Messa Pelly (Cuba), former 25-year member of National Ballet of Cuba, currently faculty member at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts
- Frank Andersen (Denmark), Commander of the Danish Dannebrog Order. Former Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet
- Bruno Agati (France), director/choreographer/dancer/actor, founder and Artistic Director of "Why Not Dance Company" (jazz ensemble)
- Nina Buisson (France), international Contemporary Dance Master Teacher and choreographer
- Alexandre Proia (France), former soloist with NYCB, currently Artistic Director of The Georgia Ballet in Marietta
- Nina Ananiashvili (Georgia), principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, guest with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre
- Oleksi Bessmertni (Germany), founder/director of the International Dance Festival TANZOLYMP
- Jan Broeckx (Germany), director of Ballet-Academy University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich
- Patricia Aulestia (Mexico), active in South America as teacher, researcher, choreographer, panelist, leader in several dance organizations
- Olga Guardia de Smoak (Panama), Artistic Advisor to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Panama, President of the New Orleans Int'l Ballet Conference
- Pedro Carneiro (Portugal), director of National Conservatory Dance School in Lisbon
- Sergei Soloviev (Russia), former member of the Bolshoi Ballet; since 1997 teacher at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris
- Hae Shik Kim (South Korea), former principal with the Korean National Ballet, and Founding Dean of the Korean National University of Arts, School of Dance
- Sun Hee Kim (South Korea), Professor, Korea National University of Arts, School of Dance
- Jeon Mi Sook (South Korea), international choreographer and dance educator
- Jelko Yuresha (U.K.), originally from Croatia, dancer/teacher/choreographer, former member of the English National Ballet, stager of ballets by Anton Dolin
- Charles Askegard (USA), former soloist with American Ballet Theatre, former principal with New York City Ballet
- Jacqulyn Buglisi (USA), former principal with Martha Graham Dance Company, Artistic Director/Choreographer of Buglisi Dance Theatre
- Hiller Huhn (USA), ballet master and regisseur, has worked for American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and many others
- Radenio Pavlovich (USA), originally from Sarajevo, director of the Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina
- Shelly Power (USA), former dancer with Houston Ballet, currently Director of Houston Ballet Academy
- Lawrence Rhodes (USA), Artistic Director of the Juilliard Dance Division since 2002
- Margo Sappington (USA), freelance choreographer and artistic director of American Dance Machine
- Septime Webre (USA), Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet since 1999.

Advisory Board:

- Violette Verdy, former principal with NYCB, currently Distinguished Professor of Ballet at Indiana University
- Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director, Boston Ballet
- Charles Askegard
- Patricia Aulestia
- Maxim Beloserkovsky, former principal with ABT
- Irina Dvorovenko, former principal with ABT
- Carmen Mier, Artistic Director of VKIBC's first New Orleans Semi Final
- Marek Rozycki, Deputy Artistic Director of Berlin State Ballet School
- Martine Van Hamel, former principal with ABT
-Jelko Yuresha.

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition
www.vkibc.org
250 West 54 Street, suite 503
New York, New York 10019
phone: 212.245.0050
fax: 212.245.4614
e-mail: info@vkibc.org
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