Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition
90 dancers from 21 countries will travel to New York to participate in the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition, June 27-30 at LaGuardia Concert Hall, 100 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street. They will dance for scholarships, company contracts, and monetary prizes before a distinguished panel of judges, consisting of Andris Liepa (Russia), Chair; Mikko Nissenen (Finland) Honorary President, Oleksi Bessmertni (Germany), Olga Guardia de Smoak (Panama), Deborah Hess (Canada), Hae Shik Kim (South Korea), Tadeusz Matacz (Germany), Galina Panova-Ragozina (Israel), Radenko Pavlovich (USA), Sergei Soloviev (France), Bo Spassoff (USA), Septime Webre (USA), and Stanton Welch (Australia). Dancers are divided into 3 categories - Student, ages 13&14; Junior, ages 15-17; Senior, ages 18-25. They come prepared with a classical solo or pas de deux, selected from the VKIBC list of classics, and are also required to learn, though videos, contemporary dances by Jacqulyn Buglisi (female solo), Viktor Kabaniaev (male solo), and Paulo Arrais (duet).