The World Ballet Competition opens on Monday, June 11 and continues with four days of intensely competitive and juried solo, partnered and ensemble performances. The elite group of ballet dancers, representing 25 countries, will compete for more than $300,000 in scholarships, cash prizes and contract offers from dance companies around the world. Now in its 12th year, the World Ballet Competition continues to attract leading celebrities from the global dance industry while furthering the careers of future artistic talent worldwide.
The week-long “Olympics of Dance” culminates with a star-studded All Stars Performance finale on Saturday, June 16 at the Bob Car Theater. Matt Palm of the Orlando Sentinel, named the evening “A steady stream of wow-wow-wow.” Central Florida Ballet, producers of the famed WBC, have selected an impressive roster of all-star performers for this year’s All Star Performance finale:
Denys Drozdyuk, known as the Canadian winner of So You Think You Can Dance, is from the Ukraine and holds a B.A. from the world-famous Juilliard School in New York. He was also featured on NBC’s Hit Television show “World of Dance.”
Hannah Bettes, a native of Florida and former student of Central Florida Ballet, now a soloist at the prestigious Boston Ballet.
Joseph Gatti, a former Principal Dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet and the first American male dancer to win the prestigious gold medal at the New York International Ballet Competition.
Lauren Fadeley trained at the Orlando Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (SAB) she performed in the Academy Award-winning film “Black Swan.”
Lasha Khozashvili, a Principal Dancer with the Boston Ballet whose repertoire includes leading roles in Swan Lake and Don Quixote.
Anaïs Chalendard, a Principal Dancer with the Boston Ballet who was formally trained in Germany, Berlin and Karlsruhe and premiered the leading role in Terence Kohler’s Anna Karenina.
Christye Alan, an accomplished aerialist who trained at the Tuzer Dance Center in Dallas, Texas and joined the cast of the Siegfried and Roy Show in Las Vegas as a performer.