Joseph Gatti and Christine Rocas Take Home Medals From New York International Ballet Competition

Classic Arts News   Joseph Gatti and Christine Rocas Take Home Medals From New York International Ballet Competition
 
The New York International Ballet Competition concluded on June 26, with an awards ceremony at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

A dinner and dance at Tavern on the Green followed the ceremony and performances by the medalists and NYIBC alumni and dancers. Violette Verdy, former artistic director of Boston Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet, was awarded a special medal.

Joseph Gatti, from the United States, won the gold medal in the men's competition, with Cuba's Daniel Sarabia and Mongolia's Altankhuyag Dugaraa taking the silver and bronze medals.

No gold medal was awarded in the women's competition. Christine Rocas, from the Philippines, won both the silver medal and the Arpino Award, which includes a one-year contract with the Joffrey Ballet. Japan's Hanae Seki won the bronze medal.

The competition, which was founded in 1983 by Ilona Copen, included both solo and pas de deux performances from the 48 participating dancers.

This year's judges included Stanton Welch, artistic director of the Houston Ballet; Alexei Ratmansky, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet; Xin Li Li, artistic director of the Shanghai Ballet; and Victoria Morgan, president of the jury and artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet.


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