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Varna International Ballet Competition 2012

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Appears to be the smallest group almost since the competition began!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

XXV International Ballet Competition in Varna

XXV International Ballet Competition in Varna

XXV International Ballet Competition in Varna began on July 15 in the Summer Theatre and runs through July 30.

Organizers are Foundation "International Ballet Competition - Varna" with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Municipality Varna and Standing Dance Committee of ITI and CID at UNESCO.

66 competitors from 20 countries will play a contest to fire. 31 competitors in the seniors and 35 juniors will go to the jury and audience. Most major international ballet schools will be presented in the XXV anniversary edition. Young artists from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, China, Korea, Japan, Cuba, USA, Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary, Greece and Bulgaria will compete for talent and skills awards. Particularly striking is the largest group of Japanese participants - 13 people. Seriously - a group of 8 people, is the presence of the dancers from Korea, whose school triumphs of the previous edition. Seven contenders come from the USA, 6 from Kazakhstan. Bulgaria is represented by four dancers.

Chairman of the jury is traditionally Academician Yuri Grigorovich - one of the greatest choreographers and ballet of the twentieth century. His deputies are Prof. Peter Lukanov / Bulgaria /, Constantine Dutu / Romania / Professor Xiao Suhua / China /.

Contestants will be evaluated and winners in previous competitions. These are legendary Aurora Bosch from Cuba, won medals in 1965 and 1966, Kevehazi Gabor from Hungary lauraet from 1972 and 1974, Kenichi StockUS from Japan, a finalist in 1994 Jury member for the first time this year will be Maximiliano Guerra, who shone in 1988 and won a gold medal. Beloved by balletomane artist will participate in the concert of the final competition. The jury will sit Clotilde Veye - Etoile of the Paris Grand Opera and ballet master. She became a winner in Varna in 1978 Bulgarian ballerinas Faith Nacheva, medalist in 1994 and Eugenia Kristeva - with a prize of 1974 will also write estimates on the jury of internationally renowned teachers, choreographers and artists.

In the international jury are still Professor Valentin Elizarev of Belarus, Eldar Aliev from the U.S., Mary Bahar Chimendzhiler from Turkey Prokh. Sung Hee Kim from Korea, Tursinbek Nurkaliev Prokh of Kazakhstan. Hikmet Mehmedov from Bulgaria.

Traditionally, participants and this year will compete in three rounds with works of world ballet classical and contemporary choreography.

From 15 to 30 July in the contest will be held International Summer Ballet Academy. In her classic techniques will lead Aurora Bosch / Cuba / Gilbert Meyer / France / and Liliana Draguleva / Bulgaria /. Prof. Natalia Tarasova will teach specific dances and Louisa Frank / The Netherlands / Tirantsoni and Gianpiero / Italy / - modern techniques.

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I hear results from a HARID alumnus who is heading into the 2nd round. Her name is Beth Ann Maslinoff, principal dancer with Dance Alive in Gainesville, FL. I know she is the only American female moving forward. I do not know anything else.

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I did manage to find a Facebook page for the 2012 competition, but most of the recent news links are not in English so that doesn't help with names. There are some very nice photos however!


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Here's the translation. No names other than for Bulgaria but statistics. Of the 65 dancers, 41 made it to the second round.

Three of our dancers pass the second round of the competition in Varna

07/20/2012 15:27; 24 hours online, 211; 0;

Photos: Nina Lokmadzhieva, NIRA Communications Agency

41 dancers passed the second round of ballet competition in Varna. Among them are three native talent - Natalie Bratanova, Christina Chochanova and Tzvetan Stankov. The most abundant group of qualified Japanese dancers - ten.

Of all admitted to the second stage 20 are juniors and 21 were seniors in fall seven junior boys and 13 girls, and in seniors - nine women and 12 men. Bulgarians Natalie Bratanova was junior Christina Chochanova and Tzvetan Stankov - seniors.

Bulgarian Natalie Bratanova - Junior. Photo: Nina Lokmadzhieva, NIRA Communications Agency

The most abundant sieve after the first round is the Japanese group - 10 people - three and seven juniors - seniors, followed by Koreans - 8 - three of them juniors and five seniors, USA - 4 - two juniors and two seniors. The range of countries in Europe, Asia and America remains - it fell only Greece and Serbia.

The second round of the XXV International Ballet Competition - Varna starts tomorrow and runs through July 24 inclusive. The next day, the jury will announce the ranking for the third round of the conference at the Festival and Congress Centre.

Christina Chochanova Photo: Nina Lokmadzhieva, NIRA Communications Agency

President of the International Jury Professor Peter Lukanov noted that the average konkrusa is pretty good and all players are very close levels - without sharp gradinitsi between strong and weak players. "The barrier was 18 points - he said - all with one exception, with a score over 19, ie received good marks from the jury. "

Prof. Lukanov noted that the jury paid attention not only of technology but look and style and character in every performance. He assured reporters that almost all players have put soul into their performances. Point and stability of the contest, which is constantly evolving and this evolution is evolution. "This is the toughest competition in the world - said Professor Lukanov - and many prefer to sit anywhere else with 1-2 variations can complete the entire competition, but here you have six variations and two contemporary works. But all participants know that you get recognition in Varna will receive recognition and world ballet. "

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"26 dancers move on the final third tour of the International ballet competition in Varna. Two Bulgarian ballerinas are also among the finalists - Natalie and Christina Bratanova Chochanova move on!

The fight for the medals remains extremley tight. It continues among a strong group of representatives from Asian countries - six dancers from Korea, 3 from Japan and fromChina. Kazakhstan, Belarus, USA and Bulgaria have two competitors. The other represented by one participant countries are Canada, Hungary, Turkey, Austria, Holland and Belgium.

We wish all of them a lot of success!!!"

The US dancer are Miko Fogarty and Brooklyn Mack

Belgium is Katherine Higgins

Canada is Yoshiko K

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TODAY, 27TH of July 2012 in Varna, the International Jury of the XXV International Ballet Competition – Varna decided to award:


WOMEN - One First Prize - Gold Medal and Diploma

Not awarded

Two Second Prizes - Silver Medal and Diploma

Miki Wakuta, Japan and Chae-Eun Yang, Korea

Two Third Prizes - Bronze Medal and Diploma

Christina Chochanova, Bulgaria and Aigerim Beketayeva, Kazakhstan


Two First Prizes - Gold Medal and Diploma

Brooklyn Mack, USA and Denis Cherevichko, Austria

One Second Prize - Silver Medal and Diploma

Arata Miyagawa, Japan

One Third Prize - Bronze Medal and Diploma

Not awarded


The title "25th INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION - VARNA 2012 LAUREATE" shall be awarded, as well as the following distinctions:


- Diploma and Medal

He Taiyu, China


One First Class Distinction - Diploma and Medal

Wang Qingxin, China

One Second Class Distinction - Diploma and Medal

Not awarded

Three Third Class Distinctions - Diploma and Medal

Min Jung Kim, Korea, Nataly Bratanova, Bulgaria and Miko Fogarty, USA


One First Class Distinction - Diploma and Medal

He Taiyu, China

One Second Class Distinction - Diploma and Medal

Not awarded

One Third Class Distinction - Diploma and Medal

Joo Won Ahn, Korea


Special prize "Emil Dimitrov" - for young talents

He Taiyu, China

One prize from the "Nina Kiradjieva" Fund - for artistry of a Bulgarian dancer, who has received the highest score in the Third Round

Christina Chochanova, Bulgaria

Two prizes for promising young dancers from Group "B" - Juniors awarded by Sylvia Co., Japan one for girls to Kateryna Odarenko, Belarus and one for boys to Joo Won Ahn, Korea

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