New York International Ballet Competition to Honor Violette Verdy

Classic Arts News   New York International Ballet Competition to Honor Violette Verdy
Violette Verdy, former artistic director of Boston Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet, will be presented with a special gold medal for her contribution to the dance world at the New York International Ballet Competition awards ceremony at Alice Tully Hall on June 26.

Verdy was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for twenty years, and has danced with and taught for major ballet organizations in the United States and Europe, including NYCB, Royal Ballet, Australian Ballet Company, and Royal Danish Ballet.

Recently, she taught at the Bolshoi Ballet—the first female teacher invited to teach there since 1917. Verdy currently teaches at Indiana University School of Music and the Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia.

Performances by the finalists in the New York International Ballet Competition, open to dancers between 17 and 24, will be held in June at Lincoln Center. The contest was founded by Ilona Copen in 1983, and has been held seven times since. Past winners include Gillian Murphy and Jos_ Manuel Carreê±o from American Ballet Theatre, Victoria Mazzarelli of the Zurich Ballet, and Maximiliano Guerra of La Scala.

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