Varna International Ballet Competition

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The Varna International Ballet Competition is a biennial ballet competition held in Varna, Bulgaria.[1] The competition was founded in 1964 and subsequently held in 1965 and 1966, and then every two years starting in 1968.[1] Many dancers have gained their first international recognition at the competition.[2]

Since the contest is a fierce one lasting half a month, the Varna International Ballet Competition has been called the "olympics of dance".[3]


Alla Sizova, Ekaterina Maximova, Vera Kirova, Sergei Vikulov, and Nikita Dolgushin (all gold medal)


  1. ^ a b "International Ballet Competitions". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  2. ^ Kaufman, Sarah (31 July 2012). "Brooklyn Mack of Washington Ballet wins gold at International Ballet Competition". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ The Olympics Of Ballet Crowns A New Champion, review by Walter Terry, 8 August 1976, The New York Times.
  4. ^ The World Famous Stars of IBC – Varna, official site of the IBC.
  5. ^ Judge, Christine. "Mikhail Baryshnikov's Defection". Mount Holyoke College website. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  6. ^ Dunning, Jennifer (30 July 1983). "3 Americans are winners in international ballet competition". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2013.

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