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The Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC)

The Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC)


Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition


Symphony Space, Broadway & 95th Street, New York City



Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00pm


May 28-30 in New York City

© yelena yeva photography

Valentina Kozlova announces the next Kozlova International Ballet Competition, May 28-30, 2015 at Symphony Space, Broadway & 95th Street, New York City.    The Competition will consist of two days of a ballet competition, and one day devoted to contemporary dancers and choreographers.

The Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC) was founded in Boston in 2011 and repeated there the following year.   In 2013 the Competition moved to New York and the following year was held as an event exclusively for contemporary dancers and choreographers.    The 2015 VKIBC combines both classical and contemporary.

A primary goal for Ms. Kozlova is to bring young, highly trained talent from around the globe to the forefront and to create career, scholarship and performance opportunities for dancers through the mechanism of dance competitions.

Moscow born Valentina Kozlova was a former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet.   Since her retirement from performing, the ballerina has become a principal player in competitions around the world as a judge, teacher and coach, in addition to presenting her own VKIBC.   She also directs her midtown-based ballet school in Manhattan, boasting a resident student company that has been invited to perform in St. Petersburg, Russia in April 2015.

Judges already confirmed for the next VKIBC include
Andris Liepa (Russia)  Nina Ananiashvilli (Georgia), Frank Anderson (Denmark), Septime Webre (USA), Tracy Inman (USA), Lawrence Rhodes (USA), Zhiriu Zou (China), Bruno Agati (France), Alexandre Proia (France), Pedro Carneiro (Portugal), and more t.b.a.

Classical dances will be selected from a list provided by VKIBC and will include solos and pas de deux from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, La Sylphide, Raymonda, Paquita, and more.

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