Judges for New York International Ballet Competition Announced

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The panel of judges for the New York International Ballet Competition will be led by Victoria Morgan, artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet, and will include Alexei Ratmansky, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, and Stanton Welch, artistic director of the Houston Ballet.

The panel was announced by Ilona Copen, the competition's founder and executive director.

The judges will attend a series of performances June 22-26 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

Other jury members include Maria Eugenia Barrios from the Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas; Andre Lewis from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Victor Ullate from the Victor Ullate Ballet in Spain; Merle Park, former artistic director of the Royal Ballet School in London; and Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen.

The New York International Ballet Competition is held every three years in order to identify promising young dancers from all over the world. The repertory is announced at the beginning of the three-week competition, and the dancers are taught three pas de deux for the rounds of competition. The finalists, with past NYIBC winners, are featured in a gala performance at the end of June.

NYIBC awards include medals for male and female dancers, as well as one-year contracts with American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet.

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