Ballet Pacifica, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Boston Ballet II, Miami City Ballet, and Washington Ballet Studio Company will each award a one-season contract to selected dancers.
The dancers will also compete, as they have in the past, for medals, scholarships, and cash awards.
A new contemporary showcase allows dancers eliminated in early rounds to perform again for additional exposure during the competition. Other events include a performance at the opening ceremonies by Ballet Hispanico, and a master class given by Garth Fagan Dance.
The competition, which is held every four years, takes place June 17-July 2. The 2006 event will be the competition's eighth.