USA International Ballet Competition

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The USA International Ballet Competition, or USA IBC, is one of the world's top competitions for ballet.[1] Located in Jackson, Mississippi, this competition is attended by dancers from all over the world to represent their country for bronze, silver, or gold medals in a variety of categories of ballet in an Olympic-style competition.

Founded in 1978 by Thalia Mara [1], the first USA International Ballet Competition took place in 1979. This first competition was given sanction by the United Nations' International Dance Committee of UNESCO’s International Theater Institute [2].

In 1982, the United States Congress passed a Joint resolution designating Jackson, Mississippi, as the official home of the USA International Ballet Competition. Competitions occur every four years in Olympic style.

History[edit]

Flags from all participant countries are displayed at Thalia Mara Hall during the 2006 USA IBC

The International Ballet Competition (IBC) originated in Varna, Bulgaria in 1964. The competition eventually expanded to rotating annual events in Varna, Moscow and Tokyo. In 1979 the event first came to the United States in Jackson, Mississippi, where it now returns every four years.[2] The rotation is currently among Jackson, Varna, New York [3], Helsinki [4] and Shanghai [5]. A number of other international competitions are also sanctioned by UNESCO International Dance Council [6].

After a distinguished career as a teacher in New York City, Thalia Mara moved to Jackson, Mississippi, to start a new professional company. That company has transitioned through the years and is now Ballet Mississippi and is under the direction of David Keary. In the late 1970s a group in New York City was looking for a site to hold an international competition in the United States. Thalia Mara successfully lobbied for Jackson as the site because it would give the competitors a taste of Middle America and it would help build interest in the ballet for her struggling new company.[3] When asked why the competition was held in Mississippi, Bruce Marks said "New York is New York but Jackson is America."[4]

The theater where the USA International Ballet Competition is held every four years.

Ms. Mara put together an organization to raise funds and run the event. Hundreds of local volunteers supplemented the paid staff that first year. Capitalizing on the popularity of local sports the competition was marketed as the Olympics of Ballet.[3] That first competition in 1979 faced an extra hurdle when the Jackson Municipal Auditorium was flooded just months before the competition.[5] The last two weeks of June saw 70 dancers from 15 countries competing in front of several sold out performances.

After this first event the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO sanctioned the competition. Just before the Second USA IBC in 1982 the United States Congress passed a Joint Resolution designating Jackson as the official home of the IBC.[2]

This first USA IBC added several features that were not found in other competitions. Participants were invited to remain after elimination and encouraged to dance in a special performance at the awards gala. Every competitor and judge was paired with a local host family. A dance school was held concurrently with the competition so students could attend class with world class instructors during the day and attend the competition each night.[2]

In 1994 the performance hall in Jackson, Mississippi where the USA IBC is held was renamed in honor of Thalia Mara.[2] She died in Jackson on October 8, 2003.[6]

Rules[edit]

Applicants are required to submit a resume and a video. A selection committee invites about 100 of the applicants to compete as either a junior (15 to 18) or a senior (19 - 26).[7] Accepted competitors are provided a list of classical pieces from which to select their competition performances. Competition is for a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals for men and women in each of the age categories. Judges do not have to award every medal and sometimes multiple dancers receive a silver or bronze medal. There are additional awards for best couple, The Robert Joffery Memorial award and awards of encouragement for juniors. A choreography award is given to the best contemporary piece performed in the competition.[8]

The competition consists of three rounds.[9] In the first round each competitor must perform one classical paux de deux or two short solos. At the end of the first round about half of the competitors are selected to continue to the next round. The second round is for contemporary dance. Second round competitors are selected for the final round based on their scores in the first two rounds. In the final round each competitor must perform both a classical or contemporary piece. The medals are determined from the third round scores.

There are thirteen jurors and no country is allowed to have more than one jury member.[10] Jurors score each dancer individually based on artistry, technical skill and musicality. Eliminated competitors are allowed a private session with a jury member to review results.[11]

Previous participants[edit]

The USA IBC has accelerated the careers of many dancers including Jose Manuel Carreño (1990), Nina Ananiashvili (1986), Vadim Pisarev (1986), Andris Liepa (1986), Daniel Meja (1986), Rasta Thomas (1998), Vladimir Malakhov (1990), Irina Dvorovenko (1990), Daniil Simkin (2006), Misa Kuranaga (2006), Sara Webb (2002), Katia Carranza (2002), Anna Antonicheva (1998), Yury & Zenaida Yanowsky (1994), Johan Kobborg (1994), April & Simon Ball (1994), Luis Serrano (1998), Dai Sasaki (1994), Edward Stierle (1986), Li Cunxin (1982) and Katherine Healy (1982).[12]

Jury members have included Robert Joffrey, Yuri Grigorovich, Bruce Marks, Sophia Golovkina, Alexander Grant, Vera Kirova, Ivan Nagy, Laura Alonso, Vladimir Vasiliev, Yvette Chauvrire and Nina Novak.[12]

Li Cunxin (senior men's silver medal in 1982) wrote a memoir Mao's Last Dancer[13] that was a best seller in Australia and the United Kingdom. It includes his account of the competition in Jackson where he was not allowed to compete as a Chinese citizen because of his recent defection to the US. He also discusses the intrigue around the defection of Chinese dancer Lin Jianwei during the competition that year. A movie based on the book was released in 2009.[14] Today Li lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.

The first gold medalist at a USA IBC was Lubomir Kafka from Czechoslovakia in 1979. The first US representative to win a gold medal was Janie Parker with the Houston Ballet in 1982. The only medalist from the IBC's home town of Jackson was Kathy Thibodeaux in 1982.

Numerous dancers have participated in multiple USA IBCs but only Pierre Quinn from Bluffers Park in Canada has won medals in different IBCs — junior silver in 1982 and senior silver in 1990. Simon Ball came close when he won a Jury award as a junior in 1990 and won the gold medal as a junior in 1994.

A number of brother-sister pairs have been in the competition. The most successful was Yury and Zenaida Yanowsky (Spain, 1994, silver and gold respectively). April and Simon Ball (USA) also won awards as a brother-sister pair that same year.

Notable sisters have also passed through the IBC including Jennifer and Lauren Gelfand (USA, 1986 and 1990 respectively) and Adrienne and Ashley Canterna (USA, 1998 and 2002). Brothers Zoltan[15] and Tamas Solymosi[16] (Hungary, 1986 and 1990) went on to dance at the Royal Ballet in London and the American Ballet Theater, respectively. Another pair of brothers were Isaac Hernandez[17] from Mexico who won a Senior Gold medal in 2006 and Esteban Hernandez with a Junior Jury Award of Encouragement in 2010.[18]

The 2010 competition brought us the first father-son participants with Andrei Pisarev[19] of the Ukraine who is the son of Vadim Pisarev that won a Gold medal for the USSR in 1986.[20]

2014 Competition[edit]

The USA IBC was again held in Jackson, Mississippi, from June 14 to 29, 2014.[1] There were 109 competitors accepted from 21 countries.[21] This year Edward Villella was the jury chairman for the first time and there were two jury members that were previous medalists: Nina Ananiashvili (1986 Senior Grand Prix) and Gigi Hyatt (1982 Junior Gold).[22]

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Medalist for the 2014 USA IBC at the press conference Friday morning where the winners were announced. Front row left to right: Ivan Duarte. Jinsol Eum, Taiyu He, Jeong Hansol, Byul Yun. Back row left to right: Paulina Guraieb Abella, Yasmin Lomondo, Gustavo Carvalho, Yui Shi, Aaron Smyth, Tamako Miyazaki, Gisele Bethea, Irina Sapozhnikova, Mackenzie Richter, Shiori Kase, Ga-Yeon Jung.

2010 Competition[edit]

The USA IBC returned to Jackson, Mississippi, from June 12 to 27, 2010.[1] There were over 100 competitors from 36 countries.[23]

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Medalist from the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. This picture was taken at the news conference where the winners were announced on Friday, June 25, 2010. Back row, left to right: Ki-Min Kim (S. Korea, Jr Silver), Zhang Xi (China, Sr Bronze), Marcelino Sambe (Portugal, Jr Gold), Kosuki Okumura (Japan, Sr Silver), Koyhei Yoshida (Japan, Sr Bronze). Front row, left to right: Cao Shuci (China, Sr Gold), Ji-Young Chae (S Korea, Jr Gold), Derek Dunn (USA, Jr Bronze), Mariana Layun Prado (Mexico, Jr Bronze), Alys Sheep (Canada, Jr Silver), Fumi Kaneko (Japan, Jr Silver), Maki Onuki (Japan, Sr Bronze), Candice Adea (Philippines, Sr Silver).[24]

2006 Competition[edit]

The USA IBC returned to Jackson, Mississippi for the eighth time from June 17 to July 2, 2006. There were over 110 dancers from 27 countries in the competition this year.

Misa Kuranaga, Senior Gold Medal
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Medalist from the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. This picture was taken at the news conference where the winners were announced on Friday, June 30, 2006.[25] Back row, left to right: unidentified male, Joseph Gatti (USA, Sr Bronze), Isaac Hernandez (Mexico, Jr Gold), Denys Cherevychko (Ukraine, Sr Silver), Daniil Simkin (Germany, Sr Gold), Brooklyn Mack (USA, Sr Silver), unidentified male, Masayoshi Onuki (Japan, Sr Bronze), Davit Karapetyan. Front row, left to right: Yui Yonezawa (Japan, Sr Bronze), Jurgita Dronina (Lithuania, Sr Silver), unidentified female, Misa Kuranaga (Japan, Sr Gold), Kayo Sasabe (Japan, Jr Bronze), Christine Shevchenko (USA, Jr Bronze), Sae-Eun Park (S Korea, Jr Silver), Jeffrey Cirio (USA, Jr Bronze), Vanessa Zahorian.[26])

2002 Competition[edit]

The USA IBC was again held in Jackson, Mississippi from June 15 to June 30, 2002.

Sarah Lamb, USA, 2002 Silver Medalist
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Medalist at the 2002 USA International Ballet Competition. Left to right: Yudai Fukuoka, Japan, Bronze; Sarah Kathryn Lane (light blue shirt), USA, Jr Silver; Katia Carranza (dark blue shirt), Mexico, Bronze; unidentified female (back); Wu Haiyan (white shirt), China, Gold; unidentified male (black shirt); unidentified male (back); Sarah Lamb, USA, Silver; Danny Tidwell, USA, Jr, Silver; Joseph Phillips, Jr Gold; Mikhail Ilyin, Russa, Bronze.[27]


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Finalist at the 2002 USA International Ballet Competition. Left to right: Yudai Fukuoka, Japan, Bronze; unidentified female; unidentified female; unidentified female; unidentified male; Ashley Canterna, USA, Jury Award; unidentified female; Emi Hariyama, Japan, Robert Joffrey Award; unidentified female; Sergei Upkin, Estonia, Best Couple; Eve Andre, Estonia, Best Couple. [28]

USA IBC Award Winners[edit]

Winners' information is from the USA IBC press releases posted on the USA IBC web site. Note that you can click on the symbol in each column heading to sort the table by that column.

Given Name Family Name Country IBC Yr J/S M/F Medal Couple Comment
Lubomir Kafka CZ 1979 Sr M 2-Gold best cpl Berlin Ballet, deceased
Koenraad Onzia Belgium 1979 Jr M 2-Gold
Deirdre Carberry USA 1979 Jr F 3-Silver American Ballet Theatre in 1987
David McNaughton USA 1979 Sr M 3-Silver choreographer
Yanis Pikieris Venezuela 1979 Sr 3-Silver Miami Youth Ballet (Director)
Jessica Funt USA 1979 Jr F 3-Silver best cpl Hamburg Ballet
Julian Montaner USA 1979 Jr M 3-Silver San Francisco Ballet in 2006, actor, painter
Jana Kurova CZ 1979 Sr F 3-Silver best cpl Prague Ballet
Davide Bombana Italy 1979 Sr 4-Bronze Bavarian State Ballet
William Starrett USA 1979 Sr M 4-Bronze Artistic Director of Columbia City Ballet, SC in 2006
Gregory Osborne USA 1979 Sr M 4-Bronze died 1994, cancer
Libor Vaculik CZ 1979 Sr 4-Bronze National Theatre, Brno, CZ http://www.ndbrno.cz/eballet.php in 2006
Owen Montague Canada 1979 Jr M 4-Bronze Quinte Ballet School in 2006
Etsuko Adachi Japan 1979 Sr 4-Bronze Tokyo, choreographer
Jo Ann McCarthy USA 1979 Sr F 4-Bronze Flint's Dance Studio in 2007
Dennis Marshall USA 1979 Sr M 4-Bronze Pittsburg Ballet Theatre in 2007
Paola Cantalupa Italy 1979 Sr 4-Bronze
Gretchen Newburger USA 1979 Jr F 4-Bronze Zurich Ballet in 1996
Bronwyn Thomas-Hodgson USA 1979 Sr F 4-Bronze Michelle in Fame TV show, Debbie Allen Dance Academy in 2006
Janie Parker USA 1982 Sr F 2-Gold best cpl retired Houston Ballet
Gina Gail Hyatt-Mazon W Germany 1982 Jr F 2-Gold artistic director of Gerogia Ballet in 2007
Katherine Healy USA 1982 Jr F 3-Silver actress
Li Cunxin China 1982 Sr M 3-Silver Australian Ballet, director, author
Kathy Thibodeaux USA 1982 Sr F 3-Silver Ballet Magnificat
William Pizzuto USA 1982 Sr M 3-Silver best cpl New England Ballet in 2006
Alexi Zubiria Venezuela 1982 Sr M 3-Silver San Francisco Dance Center in 2006
Pierre Quinn Canada 1982 Jr M 3-Silver stagehand in 2006, sailor
Pavlo Savoye Italy 1982 Jr M 3-Silver
Rachel Beard USA 1982 Sr F 4-Bronze retired Houston Ballet
Carla Stallings USA 1982 Sr F 4-Bronze ABT, Boston Ballet, and Severance/Fresno Ballet instructor in 1996
Mami Inamura Japan 1982 Sr F 4-Bronze
Marek Stasiewicz Poland 1982 Sr M 4-Bronze principal with Polish Nat. Opera in 2006
Zhang Wei Qiang China 1982 Sr M 4-Bronze actor
Brigitte Martin Canada 1982 Jr F 4-Bronze De Rotterdamse Dansacademie/Codarts in 2005
Mark Lanham USA 1982 Sr M 4-Bronze California Ballet, San Diego in 1998
Wang Qifeng China 1982 Jr F 7-jury Shanghai Ballet in 2003
Nina Ananiashvili USSR 1986 Sr F 1-Grand Prix principal with American Ballet Theatre in 2006
Andris Liepa USSR 1986 Sr M 1-Grand Prix movie producer/director in 2006
Kiki Lammersen W Germany 1986 Sr F 2-Gold Bavarian Nat Ballet in 2004
Jennifer Gelfand USA 1986 Jr F 2-Gold Boston Ballet in 2003
Edward Stierle USA 1986 Jr M 2-Gold deceased (1991)
Vadim Pisarev USSR 1986 Sr M 2-Gold Donetsk State Ballet Theatre in 1999
Oliver Matz E Germany 1986 Sr M 2-Gold
Zoltan Solymosi Hungary 1986 Jr M 3-Silver Hungarian Dance Academy in 2006
Bart De Block Belgium 1986 Jr M 3-Silver Les Ballets Grandiva in 2006
Sian Stokes Australia 1986 Sr F 3-Silver retired from Australian Ballet in 1995
Sarah Green USA 1986 Sr F 4-Bronze retired from [7] in 1995
Christina Gallardo Venezuela 1986 Jr F 4-Bronze retired from Teresa Carreño Theatre
Frederic Gafner Switzerland 1986 Jr M 4-Bronze
Jeremy Ransom Canada 1986 Sr M 4-Bronze
Daniel Meja USA 1986 Sr M 4-Bronze http://www.ballet.co.uk/td/meja.htm
Tibor Kovats Hungary 1986 Sr M 4-Bronze
Henrietta Muus Denmark 1986 Sr F 5-couple best cpl
Alexander Kolpin Denmark 1986 Sr M 5-couple best cpl
Helena Ross USA 1986 Jr F 7-jury Principal at Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Demi-Soloist at Vienna State Opera Ballet, Teacher/Choreographer at Ballett Ried
Jose Manuel Carreño Cuba 1990 Sr M 1-Grand Prix Principal at American Ballet Theatre in 2006
Martha Butler USA 1990 Sr F 2-Gold Soloist at American Ballet Theatre in 1998
Diana Enid Perez USA 1990 Jr F 2-Gold
Irina Dvorovenko USSR 1990 Jr F 3-Silver Retired principal dancer at American Ballet Theater in 2013
Pierre Quinn Canada 1990 Sr M 3-Silver [8]
Luis Ortigoza Argentina 1990 Sr M 3-Silver
Simona Noja Romania 1990 Sr F 3-Silver
Vladimir Malakhov USSR 1990 Sr M 4-Bronze Principal at American Ballet Theatre in 2006
Lauren Gelfand USA 1990 Jr F 4-Bronze
Irma Nioradze USSR 1990 Sr F 4-Bronze
Irma Morales Mexico 1990 Sr F 4-Bronze
Morihiro Iwata Japan 1990 Jr M 4-Bronze
Toomas Edur USSR 1990 Sr M 4-Bronze best cpl
Age Oks USSR 1990 Sr F 5-couple best cpl
Alice Lau Canada 1990 Jr F 5-couple best cpl
Boyd Lau Canada 1990 Jr M 5-couple best cpl
Stephane Elizabe France 1990 Sr F 6-Joffrey
Lauren Anderson USA 1990 Sr F 7-jury Principal at Houston Ballet in 2006
Tamas Solymosi Hungary 1990 Jr M 7-jury Hungarian Dance Academy in 2006
Simon Ball USA 1990 Jr M 8-scholarship Principal at Houston Ballet in 2003
Elizabeth Gaither USA 1990 Jr F 8-scholarship
Stephanie Walz USA 1990 Jr F 8-scholarship
Rennie B. Mirro USA 1990 Jr F 8-scholarship
Reagan Messer USA 1990 Jr M 8-scholarship
Katherine Lydon USA 1990 Jr F 8-scholarship
Johan Kobborg Denmark 1994 Sr M 1-Grand Prix principal at Royal Ballet, London in 2005
Simon Ball USA 1994 Jr M 2-Gold Principal at Houston Ballet in 2003
Dai Sasaki Japan 1994 Sr M 2-Gold independent artist in 2006
Zenaida Yanowsky Spain 1994 Jr F 2-Gold Principal at Royal Ballet, London in 2006
Beate Vollack Germany 1994 Sr F 3-Silver choreographer at Bayerisches Staatsballett in 2006
April Ball USA 1994 Jr F 3-Silver Boston Ballet in 2002
Yury Yanowsky Spain 1994 Sr M 3-Silver Principal at Boston Ballet in 2006
Marina Antonova Russia 1994 Sr F 3-Silver best cpl Slovene Nat. Theatre Opera in 2006
Kusha Alexi-Angst Switzerland 1994 Jr F 3-Silver
Igor Antonov Ukraine 1994 Sr M 4-Bronze best cpl Richmond Ballet in 2005
Tiekka Schofield USA 1994 Sr F 4-Bronze
Roman Rykin Russia 1994 Jr M 4-Bronze
Adela Pollertova CZ 1994 Jr F 4-Bronze
Ramon Moreno Cuba 1994 Jr M 4-Bronze
Mariko Miyauchi Japan 1994 Sr F 4-Bronze
Michal Matys CZ 1994 Jr M 4-Bronze best cpl
Alexandra Koltun USA 1994 Sr F 4-Bronze Ballet San Jose in 2006
Alexander Pereda Cuba 1994 Sr M 6-Joffrey
Yu Xin China 1994 Sr M 7-jury Master teacher at Ballet San Jose School in 2006
Alma Munteanu Romania 1994 Sr F 7-jury Grand Theatre de Geneve in 2006
Anna Dorosh Ukraine 1994 Sr F 7-jury Instructor at Viva Dance, Toronto in 2006
Wei Ying Zhang China 1994 Jr F 8-scholarship
Jose Martin Trujillo Spain 1994 Jr M 8-scholarship
Tamara Marie House USA 1994 Jr F 8-scholarship
Gillian Murphy USA 1994 Jr F 9-finalist principal at American Ballet Theatre in 2006
Rasta Thomas USA 1998 Sr M 2-Gold Bad Boys of Dance in 2009
Rolando Sarabia Oquendo Cuba 1998 Jr M 2-Gold Ballet National de Cuba
Anna Antonicheva Russia 1998 Sr F 2-Gold Bolshoi Ballet in 2006
Adrienne Canterna USA 1998 Jr F 2-Gold Bad Boys of Dance in 2009
Dmitri Belogolovtsev Russia 1998 Sr M 3-Silver Bolshoi Ballet in 2005
Ruta Jezerskyte Lithuania 1998 Sr M 3-Silver Steps on Broadway in 2006
Yosvani Ramos Fontes Cuba 1998 Jr M 3-Silver English National Ballet 1999-2008, The Australian Ballet 2008-13
Bernard Courtot de Bouteiller France 1998 Sr M 3-Silver
Renata Pavam Maia Brazil 1998 Jr F 3-Silver
Luis Serrano Cuba 1998 Sr M 4-Bronze Principal at Miami City Ballet in 2006
Melissa Wishinski USA 1998 Jr F 4-Bronze The Royal Ballet, London
Friedemann Vogel Germany 1998 Jr M 4-Bronze principal at Stuttgart Ballet in 2006
Julia Polgorodnik Ukraine 1998 Jr F 4-Bronze
Yusuke Osozawa Japan 1998 Jr M 4-Bronze
Ji Young Kim S Korea 1998 Sr F 4-Bronze Principal at Korean National Ballet, Korea in 2006
Lénaïg Guégan France 1998 Sr F 6-Joffrey English National Ballet
Nao Sakuma Japan 1998 Sr F 7-jury Principal at Birminghsm Royal Ballet in 2006
Felipe Diaz Gomez Colombia 1998 Jr M 7-jury
Maria Bystrova USA 1998 Jr F 8-scholarship American Ballet Theatre in 2006
Shingo Yoshimoto Japan 1998 M 8-scholarship Soloist at Houston Ballet in 2006
Joseph Phillips USA 2002 Jr M 2-Gold Principal at Miami City Ballet in 2007
Wu Haiyan China 2002 Sr F 2-Gold Principal at Miami City Ballet in 2007
Sarah Lamb USA 2002 Sr F 3-Silver Principal at The Royal Ballet in 2003
Danny Tidwell USA 2002 Jr M 3-Silver Bad Boys of Dance in 2009
Li Jun China 2002 Sr M 3-Silver principal at National Ballet of China in 2005
Sarah Kathryn Lane USA 2002 Jr F 3-Silver Soloist at American Ballet Theatre in 2007; stand in for Natalie Portman in Black Swan (film)
Yang Jiao China 2002 Jr M 4-Bronze Principal at Liaoning Ballet in 2006
Mikhail Ilyin Russia 2002 Sr M 4-Bronze
Katia Carranza Mexico 2002 Sr F 4-Bronze Guest artist at Miami City Ballet in 2009
Sang Yi Han S Korea 2002 Jr F 4-Bronze Soloist at Universal Ballet, Korea in 2011
Yudai Fukuoka Japan 2002 Jr M 4-Bronze Zurich Ballet in 2006
Eve Andre Estonia 2002 Sr F 5-couple best cpl First soloist at Estonian National Opera in 2006
Sergei Upkin Estonia 2002 Sr M 5-couple best cpl Estonian National Opera(?) in 2003
Emi Hariyama Japan 2002 Sr F 6-Joffrey Berlin Staatsopera in 2003
Ashley Canterna USA 2002 Jr F 7-jury actress
Melissa Hough USA 2002 Jr F 7-jury Boston Ballet in 2006
Agnieszka Szymanska Poland 2002 Sr F 7-jury Miami City Ballet in 2006
Troy Schumacher USA 2002 Jr M 7-jury New York City Ballet in 2006
Zhang Jing China 2002 Jr F 8-scholarship Ballet San Jose in 2006
Keigo Fukuda Japan 2002 Jr M 8-scholarship
Michelle Carpenter USA 2002 Jr F 8-scholarship
Eun Ji Ha S Korea 2002 Jr F 8-scholarship Principal at Finland National Ballet in 2008
Sara Webb USA 2002 Sr F 9-finalist principal at Houston Ballet in 2006
Misa Kuranaga Japan 2006 Sr F 2-Gold Principal at Boston Ballet in 2009
Daniil Simkin Germany 2006 Sr M 2-Gold Soloist at American Ballet Theatre in 2009
Isaac Hernandez Mexico 2006 Jr M 2-Gold FONCA, México; The Rock School for Dance Education en Filadelfia, E.E.U.U. y del American Ballet Theatre.
Brooklyn Mack USA 2006 Sr M 3-Silver Washington Ballet in 2008
Jurgita Dronina Lithuania 2006 Sr F 3-Silver Swedish Royal Ballet in 2006
Denys Cherevychko Ukraine 2006 Jr M 3-Silver
Sae-eun Park S Korea 2006 Jr F 3-Silver Paris Opera Ballet in 2011
Masayoshi Onuki Japan 2006 Sr M 4-Bronze actor, The Company
Yui Yonezawa Japan 2006 Sr F 4-Bronze Ballet San Jose
Joseph Gatti USA 2006 Sr M 4-Bronze Soloist at Cincinnati Ballet in 2005
Jeffrey Cirio USA 2006 Jr M 4-Bronze
Christine Shevchenko USA 2006 Jr F 4-Bronze American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2006
Kayo Sasabe Japan 2006 Jr F 4-Bronze
Davit Karapetyan Armenia 2006 Sr M 5-couple best cpl Principal at San Francisco Ballet in 2006
Mathias Dingman USA 2006 Jr M 5-couple best cpl
Sasha De Sola USA 2006 Jr F 5-couple best cpl Apprentice at San Francisco Ballet in 2006
Vanessa Zahorian NCP 2006 NCP F 5-couple best cpl San Francisco Ballet in 2006
Marija Kicevska Macedonia 2006 Sr F 6-Joffrey Volksoper Wien, Vienna
Caitlin Valentine USA 2006 Sr F 7-jury Orlando Ballet
Francesca Dugarte Venezuela 2006 Jr F 7-jury The Washington Ballet [9]
Zherlin Ndudi Ukraine 2006 Sr M 7-jury
Ryo Izawa Japan 2006 Jr M 7-jury Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School, Ota, Japon
Amy Marie Briones USA 2006 Jr F 8-scholarship Ballet San Jose in 2006
Carolyn Rose Ramsay Canada 2006 Sr F 8-scholarship Miami City Ballet in 2006
Toshiro Muraoka-Abbley USA 2006 Jr M 8-scholarship
Elena Kazakova Russia 2006 Jr F 8-scholarship
Randy Herrera USA 2006 Sr M 9-finalist Houston Ballet in 2006
Natalia Domracheva Russia 2006 Sr F 9-finalist Kiev Nat Opera Ballet in 2007
Ji A Kim S Korea 2006 Jr F 9-injury Donetsk National Ballet Theatre in 2012
Cao Shuci China 2010 Sr F 2-Gold best cpl National Ballet of China in 2010
Candice Adea Philippines 2010 Sr F 3-Silver Soloist at Hong Kong Ballet in 2012
Kosuke Okumura Japan 2010 Sr M 3-Silver Principal at Jinushi Kaoru Ballet in 2010
Kyohei Yoshida Japan 2010 Sr M 4-Bronze Soloist at Slovak National Theatre Ballet in 2010
Zhang Xi China 2010 Sr M 4-Bronze best cpl National Ballet of China in 2010
Maki Onuki Japan 2010 Sr F 4-Bronze Washington Ballet
Marcelino Sambe Portugal 2010 Jr M 2-Gold The Royal Ballet, 2013
Ji Young Chae S Korea 2010 Jr F 2-Gold best cpl Washington Ballet
Ki-Min Kim S Korea 2010 Jr M 3-Silver best cpl First Soloists at Marinsky Ballet Company in 2013
Fumi Kaneko Japan 2010 Jr F 3-Silver Soloist at The Royal Ballet, 2013
Alys Shee Canada 2010 Jr F 3-Silver Birmingham Royal Ballet, 2012
Derek Dunn USA 2010 Jr M 4-Bronze Houston Ballet, 2012
Mariana Layun Prado Mexico 2010 Jr F 4-Bronze John Cranko Schule, Stuttgart, Germany, 2014
Guixien Chu Taiwan 2010 Sr M 6-Capezio Ballet West in 2010
Exaterina Oleynik Belarus 2010 Sr F 6-Capezio Miami City Ballet in 2010
Seo-Hye Han S Korea 2010 Sr F 6-Joffrey Second Soloist Boston Ballet, 2012
Esteban Hernandez Mexico 2010 Jr M 7-Jury San Francisco Ballet, 2013
Amanda Gomes Brazil 2010 Jr F 7-Jury
Andrei Pisarev Ukraine 2010 Sr M 9-finalist


Gisele Bethea USA 2014 Jr F 2-Gold
Taiyu He China 2014 Jr M 2-Gold
Jeong Hansol S Korea 2014 Sr M 2-Gold
Shiori Kase Japan 2014 Sr F 2-Gold English National Ballet
Jinsol Eum S Korea 2014 Jr M 3-Silver
Tamako Miyazaki Japan 2014 Sr F 3-Silver Washington Ballet
Mackenzie Richter USA 2014 Jr F 3-Silver
Irina Sapozhnikova Russia 2014 Sr F 3-Silver Principal at Primorsky Opera Ballet
Byul Yun S Korea 2014 Sr M 3-Silver Korea Nat U of Arts
Paulia Guraieb Abella Mexico 2014 Jr F 4-Bronze
Gustavo Carvalho Brazil 2014 Jr M 4-Bronze best cpl Soloist at Cia Brasileira de Ballet
Ivan Duarte Brazil 2014 Sr M 4-Bronze Petite Danse, Rio
Ga-Yeon Jung S Korea 2014 Sr F 4-Bronze best cpl
Yasmin Lomondo Brazil 2014 Jr F 4-Bronze best cpl Soloist at Compahina Brasileira de Ballet
Aaron Smyth Australia 2014 Sr M 4-Bronze Joffrey Ballet
Daniel Alejandro McCormick-Quintero Mexico 2014 Jr M 6-Joffrey San Francisco Ballet
Romina Contreras Chile 2014 Jr F 7-jury Ballet de Santiago
Yue Shi China 2014 Jr M 7-jury
Ji Seok Ha S Korea 2014 Sr M best cpl best cpl

Table Notes:

  • J/S = Junior (15-18) or Senior (19-26). NCP = Non-competing partner
  • M/F = Male or Female
  • Couple = won the best junior or senior couple award
  • Many of the links to the dancer's companies are no longer on-line. The comments reflect information available at the date indicated.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://www.usaibc.com/
  2. ^ a b c d Bradshaw, Nicole, editor; “VIII International Ballet Competition”; 2006; souvenir program
  3. ^ a b Interview with Thalia Mara by William Fulton in "USA International Ballet Competition 1994 Highlights" broadcast on Mississippi Educational Television in 1994.
  4. ^ Bruce Marks speaking at IBC Gala performance broadcast on Mississippi Educational Television in 1990
  5. ^ NWS Jackson, MS - Weather Events - 1979 Flood
  6. ^ About Thalia Mara
  7. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete
  8. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/awards
  9. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/rules
  10. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/jury
  11. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/rules
  12. ^ a b USA International Ballet Competition
  13. ^ http://www.licunxin.com/
  14. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1071812/
  15. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/medalists/medalists-1986
  16. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/medalists/medalists-1990
  17. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/medalists/medalists-2006
  18. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/medalists/medalists-2010
  19. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/medalists/medalists-2010
  20. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/medalists/medalists-1986
  21. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-Compet-Anncmt-Rel-FINAL-0317141.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/2014-competition/dignitaries/jury/
  23. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Competitor_Annc.pdf
  24. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/medalists.mass.pdf
  25. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/about/history/year-2006
  26. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/medalists/medalists-2006
  27. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/medalists/medalists-2002,
  28. ^ http://www.usaibc.com/compete/medalists/medalists-2002,

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