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Varna Ballet Competition 2010

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This year's competition has started on July 19,2010. Any reports on the performance of the US dancers? Natalia?

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Here are some pics from Stanislav Belyaevsky (to which more will be added as he finds the time - he has taken about 1800 photos already):

Varna 2010 photos

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Here is some video footage of Alys Shee (Canada) and Aaron Smyth (Australia) competing in Varna a couple of days ago:

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Here is the list of semi-finalists (from Stanislav Belyaevsky)

Seniors:

58. Abdureheman Adilijiang (China)

61. Alexandra Chulpan Mukhamedov (Netherlands)

65. Maxime Mathieu Quiroga (France)

68. Eldar Sarsembayev (Kazakhstan)

70. Sae Eun Park (Korea)

74. Diana Kosyreva (Russia)

88. Melissa Hamilton (United Kingdom)

98. Brooklyn Mack (USA)

99. Siyuan Zhang (China)

101. Krasina Strashimirova Pavlova (Bulgaria)

103. Philipp Stepin (Russia)

105. Avetik Karapetyan (Armenia)

107. Young Gyu Choi (Korea)

110. Xiaodong Ma (China)

113. Myunglyu Kim (Korea)

114. Leonore Emile Anna-Louise Baul (France)

Juniors:

4. Alvin Tovstorgay (Ukraine)

6. Kimin Kim (Korea)

7. Constantine Nikolas Allen (USA)

11. Hyunee Sim (Korea)

13. Alys Walker Simpson Shee (Canada)

14. Gabriela Mesa Ochoa (Cuba)

16. Nataly Antonova Bratanova (Bulgaria)

19. Veronika Verterich (USA)

21. Venera Detelinova Hristova (Bulgaria)

22. Sung Woo Han (Korea)

32. Ji Young Chae (Korea)

33. Yaoqian Shang (China)

36. Francesco Gabriele Flora (Italy)

45.Maria Elisa Baranova (Finland)

46. Chae Eun Yang (Korea)

47. Oleg Ivenko (Belarus)

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Thank you very much for that, Marga. Do you know who this year's judges are? I could pick out a few from the photos on the link you posted, but couldn't see all of them.

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Alexandra, I haven't seen a posted list of judges. If I do, I'll post it here.

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Stanislav Belyaevsky PHOTOGRAPHY has posted the names of the finalists:

Seniors:

58. Abdureheman Adilijiang (China)

68. Eldar Sarsembayev (Kazakhstan)

70. Sae Eun Park (Korea)

98. Brooklyn Mack (USA)

99. Siyuan Zhang (China)

105. Avetik Karapetyan (Armenia)

110. Xiaodong Ma (China)

113. Myunglyu Kim (Korea)

Juniors:

6. Kimin Kim (Korea)

11. Hyunee Sim (Korea)

22. Sung Woo Han (Korea)

32. Ji Young Chae (Korea)

33. Yaoqian Shang (China)

45.Maria Elisa Baranova (Finland)

46. Chae Eun Yang (Korea)

47. Oleg Ivenko (Belarus)

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Thanks Marga for the info . Too bad the Canadian and US Juniors did not make the cut. No Russians in the list? That seem like the first time.

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Brooklyn Mack is doing great!

Like bingham, I'm a bit surprised that Russians have been eliminated, especially the Second Soloist of the Mariinsky, Philip Styopin, who has recently danced leading roles, such as James in Sylphide. Goes to show you that anybody can have an off night.

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Wow...7 out of 16 finalists are from Korea...China is doing really good too. :clapping:

Cuba is out... :(

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Is it just me, or are Asians the majority group at ballet competitions now? Most of the competitions lately seem to be dominated by Koreans, Chinese etc. Perhaps competitions are the only way dancers from these countries can progress.

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Is it just me, or are Asians the majority group at ballet competitions now? Most of the competitions lately seem to be dominated by Koreans, Chinese etc. Perhaps competitions are the only way dancers from these countries can progress.

Asian dancers dominated the USAIBC in Jackson this year too. Conversations with a number of people there seem to bring out the fact that a great deal of effort by schools in Korea, Japan and China is helping the students understand the meaning and feelings of the story they're telling and the dancers seem to respond well to this concept. They understand that there's so much more than just technique.

Also it's interesting to see that if a Senior Male competitor from Korea wins a Gold or Silver medal at some competitions he is relieved of his military obligation.

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