Eligibility, application and program
Rules covering eligibility, application process and competition program.
The competition is open to dancers of all nationalities.
Junior division: age 15 to 19 at the beginning of the competition (June 1, 2020)
Senior division: age 20 to 25 at the beginning of the competition (June 1, 2020)
Competitors will be judged individually in the two divisions, men and women separately.
Competitors may appear as a soloist or as a couple.
- Couples may be formed between a male and female competitor of the same age division or separate age division.
- A competitor may appear with a competing partner or a non-competing partner.
- There is no age requirement for non-competing partners.
- Those choosing to appear as a couple may not include solo works in either their classical or contemporary programs for Rounds II and III. They must appear with the same partner and always as a couple throughout these last two rounds of the competition.
- In force majeure situations a new non-competing partner may be allowed to be invited.
Applicants will have to fill out the application form and forward all the required pictures and documents before the deadline.
The selection will be primarily conducted by video auditioning.
All participants will be nominated by the HIBC Selection Committee in early spring of 2020. Please note that the application fee will not be refunded if a competitor is not selected to compete.
It is important that the video recording is of a high technical quality.
Video submissions will not be accepted for review if these requirements are not followed.
Soloists must submit two variations from the Round I Classical Repertoire.
Couples are required to submit one pas de deux from the Round III Classical Repertoire.
They must perform the entire pas de deux including the variations and coda.
Preferable the recording is with the partner for the competition but can be someone else.
When filming the dancer should be shot straight on, with full body kept in view, and not too far away.
Videos with edits or cuts will not be accepted.
Videos of live performances will not be accepted.
Attire for video:
- Ladies: pink tights that cover the entire leg and foot, pointe shoes and a leotard in a contrasting color from the background of the studio.
- Men: black or grey tights covering the entire leg and foot, a solid color shirt in a contrasting color from the background of the studio.
- No costumes, skirts or practice tutus may be worn.
Auto acceptance policy
The HIBC automatically accepts dancers who have won a gold medal (first prize) or Grand Prix at the following International Ballet Competitions:
- New York Finals of the YAGP (soloists)
- Prix de Lausanne
The competition program consists of classical and modern repertoire. The competition will be held in three rounds. Some competitors will be eliminated after the first and second rounds, with only qualified competitors proceeding to the following round.
Round I (qualifying round) in the Almi Hall:
All competitors present two (2) variations chosen from the classical ballet repertoire on the list enclosed.
Round II (semifinal) in the Almi Hall:
One (1) contemporary solo or duet showing technical elements which clearly differ from the traditional ballet vocabulary, lasting no less than 2.5 minutes and no more than 6 minutes.
Round III (final) on the Main auditorium:
- Solo competitors present two (2) variations and couples one (1) pas de deux from the classical ballet repertoire from the 19th or 20th century, lasting no more than 13 minutes.
- Solo competitors present one (1) contemporary solo and couples one (1) duet created after 2005 and lasting no less than 2.5 minutes and no more than 6 minutes.
No classical ballet or contemporary dance entry may be repeated in a subsequent round.
- The order of appearance on stage will be determined by drawing numbers.
- Juniors will appear first, each round.
- Competitors will always appear in their numerical order.
- In case of a pas de deux or duet, the number of the female competitor will be used.
- If a competing partner of another competitor is eliminated, he or she must agree to continue to appear as a partner in subsequent rounds, the awards performance and the gala.
- Competitors must furnish their own costumes and make-up.
- The use of props must be pre-approved by the HIBC.
- Competitors may not use oil-based body paint or paint.
- Performance in the nude is not permitted.