This American competition holds semifinal rounds throughout the year all over the world - Japan, China, Australia, South America, Europe and in over 20 USA locations in order to select the best of the best for its New York City final competition in April.
The prizes are scholarships to the most prestigious ballet schools, as well recognition by the peers and the professional teachers. In the past, the School of Russian Ballet’s have won prizes placing its students in such schools as National Ballet of Canada School and Royal Ballet School in the UK; this year, the trend continues. Eight students, five soloists and three ensembles, embarked on the difficult journey to Paris for the European semifinals.
Naturally, the experience of taking master classes taught by the world’s most revered teachers at Opera Ballet School is priceless as well as sharing the stage with competitors from all over Europe and Israel, exchanging ideas, learning from each other, observing each other and abilities to set future goals.
The competition is fierce; on average one in ten competitors in each category is selected for the finals. And, as always, the School of Russian Ballet students came back with something to boast about: a finalist in the Juniors division and a place in the top 12 Ensembles.
Congratulations to all hard working participants!