Photo Journal: The New York International Ballet Competition

Classic Arts News   Photo Journal: The New York International Ballet Competition
The New York International Ballet Competition ended on June 26 with an awards ceremony at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and a dinner and dance at Tavern on the Green.

The triennial competition, founded by Ilona Copen in 1983, was open to women between the ages of 17 and 23 and men between 18 and 24. Forty-eight dancers from 19 countries selected for the competition traveled to New York earlier this month and prepared with the competition's teaching staff for the two week. The competitive portion of the event, which included pas de deux and solo performances, began on June 22.

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.

Photos by Aubrey Reuben.

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