On September 17, as part of the program of the All-Russian Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers, the Assembly of the International Federation of Ballet Competitions took place. Representatives of the largest world ballet competitions arrived in Yaroslavl.
The main task of the Federation is to search for new talented performers, to assist in the development of their professional skills and the promotion of young artists among theaters and concert venues. The president of the Federation is Sergey Usanov.
During the meeting of the Assembly topical issues of the development of the Federation were discussed. One of the important topics for discussion was the change in the conditions for accepting new members. Based on the results of the vote, it was decided to establish a trial period of three years for new members of the Federation, the results of which will consider the further approval of candidates. The leaders of major international festivals also expressed initiative in introducing common criteria for participating in festivals, as well as preferences for winners.
2020 is the anniversary year for the International Federation of Ballet Competitions. In this regard, the members discussed the holding of an anniversary gala concert in 2020, at which the winners of major international festivals and competitions will perform. It is planned that the event will take place in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. In addition, the participants of the meeting took the initiative to prepare a publication dedicated to the history of the Federation.
The International Federation of Ballet Competitions was created in 2005 during the X International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers in Moscow. Then its members were the twelve most significant international ballet competitions in the world.
Currently, the 24 largest world competitions are members of the Federation: the International Ballet Competition in Varna (Bulgaria), the International Ballet Competition and Contest of choreographers in Moscow (Russia), the International Ballet Competition in Jackson (USA), the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki (Finland), International Ballet Competition in Astana (Kazakhstan), International Ballet Competition named after R. Nureev in Budapest (Hungary), Baltic International Ballet Festival in Riga (Latvia), International Ballet Festival TANZOLIMP in Berlin (Germany), Open Russian Ballet Competition “Arabesque” named after Ekaterina Maksimova (Russia), International Competition “Youth America Grand Prix” in New York (USA), International Ballet Competition in Istanbul (Turkey), International Ballet Festival in Bodrum (Turkey), The International Ballet Competition in Spoleto (Italy), The International Ballet Competition in Seoul (South Korea), The International Competition “Young Ballet of the World” in Sochi (Russia), The International Ballet Competition “Grand Prix of Siberia” in Krasnoyarsk (Russia), The International Baltic ballet competition in Riga (Latvia), Sterkh International Ballet Festival in Yakutsk (Russia), Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition in New York (USA), International Ballet Competition in Lausanne (Switzerland), International Dance Competition n.a. Mahmud Esambaev in Grozny (Russia), International Ballet Competition in Nagoya (Japan), International Ballet Competition “Grand Prix of Kiev” (Ukraine), International Ballet Competition in Almaty (Kazakhstan).
Candidates for joining the Federation are the International Ballet Competitions of Singapore, China, and Mongolia.