Winners' Stories

Yimeng Sun

Principal dancer of the Finnish National Ballet
1st price winner 2016

The meaning of ballet competitions
It is a good way for young dancers to challenge yourself and to get out of the comfort zone, which is developing.

My memories from HIBC
It was a lot of rehearsals and help from many people like my ballet master Ingrid Nemeckova, choreographer Emrecan Tanis and my partner Maksim.

My personal HIBC highlight
The final gala performance was a memorable one. We didn’t know about the actual prizes beforehand, but we could anticipate that participating in the gala means that you have won something! So, we got to know it only after the performance in the award ceremony. The award ceremony was very exciting and was waiting if my name would be called. First they announced the third prize and didn’t hear my name. Then it was the secondprize winners and still didn’t hear my name – WOW, which prize am I gonna to win… Then they announced that I have won the first prize and I was so excited and happy. That was of course a highlight for me!

Developing as a dancer
The training for the competition was very developing. Working with a very good ballet master was very important and I think without that help I could not have achieved so much. There are limited opportunities to tell a story with short variations, which means you need to be good in every detail. 

HIBC impact on my career
After winning, I became a more confident dancer and during the work process for the competition I also learnt new ways of working. After the competition, when a new season started, I got to perform the main role in the Swan Lake. 

Everything worked!
I am living here in Finland so I knew that everything works well here. But I heard from many participants that it was really nice and convenient that the hotel where competitors were being accommodated was just across the street from the Opera house. We all also got more time to rehearse on stage than in other competitions and got sufficient studio time. It was really nice and I was happy with that.

 

Winners' Stories

Marian Walter

Principal dancer of the Berlin State Ballet
3rd price winner 2005

My memories from HIBC

It was our 1st competition together with my wife Iana Salenko. The competition was very well organised and we met a lot of friends who we still remember today. 

My personal HIBC highlight

I think it was for me to get the 3rd place among all these really good boys. I really didn’t expect that!

Developing as a dancer

I could improve in pas de deux skills, because it was my first experience to dance a full pas de deux on stage.

About the arrangements at the HIBC

It was all very professional and well organised. 

What I learned

I learnt to concentrate on myself because there were so many good dancers and it just confuses you if you pay too much attention on the other dancers.

The meaning of ballet competitions for young dancers

I would recommend ballet competitions, because it’s really challenging for your nerves and body, but also to keep the focus for the whole time during the competition. Through ballet competitions one can also get stage experience and become known in the ballet world.

Winners' Stories

HIBC 1984–2016

Winners of HIBC 1984–2016

1st Competition – 1984

SENIORS

1. Natalia Chekhovskaya (USSR)
2. Kirsi Aromaa (Finland)
3. Sylvie Guillaumin (France)

1. Oliver Matz (DDR)
2. Vadim Pisarev (USSR)
3. Jukka Aromaa (Finland)

JUNIORS

1. Caroline Campo (BRD)
2. Kirsten Lammersen (BRD)
3. Kazumi Ushio (Japan)

CHOREOGRAPHY
1. Eddy Toussaint (Canada)
3. Nina Marttinen (Finland), Ysabelle Taylor (UK)


2nd Competition – 1991

SENIORS

1. –
2. Barbara Bears (USA)
3. Suzanne Rubio (Canada)

1. –
2. Bakhitzan Smagulov (USSR)
3. Aidar Akhmetov (USSR)

JUNIORS

1. Pollyanna Ribeiro (Brazil)
2. Tan Yuanyuan (China)
3. Lei Zhao (China)

1. –
2. Kim Savéus (Sweden)
3. –

CHOREOGRAPHY
1. Robert North (USA)
2. Mark Godden (Canada), Tero Saarinen (Finland)


3rd Competition – 1995

GRAND PRIX
Barbora Kohoutková (Czech Republic)

SENIORS

1. Egle Spokaite (Lithuania)
2. Katja Björner (Sweden), Nina Hyvärinen (Finland)
3. –

1. Andrei Ivanov (Russia)
2. Daryl Brandwood (Australia)
3. Jonas Lundqvist (Finland)

JUNIORS

1. Barbora Kohoutková (Czech Republic)
2. Zhang Jian (China)
3. Elizabeth Mertz (USA)

1. Han Po (China)
2. Stanislav Jermakov (Estonia)
3. Almicar Moret (Cuba), Michael Eaton (USA)

CHOREOGRAPHY

Philip Morris Choreography Award
Ntsikelelo G. Cekwana (South Africa)
Krysztof Pastor (Poland)
Daryl Brandwood (Australia)
Philip Morris Choreography Encouragement Award
Mei Wang (China)


4th Competition – 2001

GRAND PRIX
Yao Wei (China)

SENIORS

1. –
2. Hwang Hye Min (Korea), 5 000 €
3. –

1. Zdenek Konvalin (Czech Republic), Anton Korsakov (Russia), both 7 000 €
2. Sergei Upkin (Estonia), 5 000 €
3. Wang Yi (China), 3 000 €

JUNIORS

1. Fang Zhong-Jing (China), Nokia Award For Young Talent 3 000 €
2. Sarah Kora Dayanova (France), 2 000 €
3. Yoko Kaneta (Japan), 1 000 €

1. Thiago Bordin (Germany), Nokia Award For Young Talent 3 000 €
2. Yudai Fukuoka (Japan), 2 000 €
3. Huang Zhen (China), 1 000 €

ENCOURAGEMENT PRIZES

Young Talent Prize 500 €
Joseph Phillips (USA)
Union of Finnish Dance Artists, 2000 FIM for a Finnish dancer
Sara Vuorinen (Finland)

CHOREOGRAPHY

Philip Morris Choreography Grand Prix
Cláudia Martins & Rafael Carriço (Portugal)
Philip Morris Prizes
Lára Stefánsdóttir (Iceland), 6 000 €
Arja Tiili (Finland), 4 000 €
Nokia Prize, 4 000 €
Pontus Lindberg (Sweden)


5th Competition – 2005

GLORIA GRAND PRIX
Daniil Simkin (Germany)

SENIORS

1. Iana Salenko (Ukraine), 7 000 €
2. Jurgita Dronina (Lithuania), 5 000 €
3. Melissa Hough (USA), 3 000 €

1. –
2. Yu Zheng (China), 5 000 €, Dastan Chinybayev (Kazakhstan), 5 000 €
3. Shidong Sheng (China), 3 000 €, Marian Walter (Germany), 3 000 €

JUNIORS

1. Cao Shuci (China), 3 000 €
2. Eszter Ledán (Hungary), 2 000 €
3. Megan Grey (USA), 1 000 €

1. István Simon (Hungary), 3 000 €
2. Joseph Gorak (USA), 2 000 €
3. Mathias Dingman (USA), 1 000 €

CHOREOGRAPHY

Choreography Award
Fei Bo (China), Remembrance, 3 000 €
Jorma Elo (Finland), On Fast Strings, Two Fast, 3 000 €
Viktor Plotnikov (Ukraine), Crazy Nun, 3 000 €

OTHER PRIZES

Fintra Inspiring Achievement Prize
Richárd Szabó (Hungary), 1 000 €
Quenby Hersh (USA), 1 000 €
Kirsti Paakkanen’s Encouragement Prize
Brooklyn Mack (USA), 1 000 €
Maria Seletskaja (Estonia), 1 000 €
Cao Chi Thanh (Vietnam), 1 000 €
Union of Finnish Dance Artists’ Encouragement Prize
Aino Ettala (Finland), 500 €


6th Competition – 2009

GLORIA GRAND PRIX
Xiaoyu He (China)

SENIORS

1. Haijing Yao (China), 8 000 €
2. Hong Yu Guo(China), 6 000 €
3. Magda Matejkova (Czech Rep.) 3 500 €

1. Jun Shuang Huang, (China) 8 000 €
2. Brooklyn Mack (USA),6 000 €, Avetik Karapetyan (Armenia), 6 000 €
3. Maxime Quiroga (France), 3 500 €

JUNIORS

1. Maria Baranova (Finland), 3 500 €
2. Camille Bracher (South-Africa), 2 500 €
3. Meaghan Hinkis (USA), 1 500 €

1. Jeffrey A. Cirio (USA), 3 500 €
2. Lonnie Weeks (USA), 2 500 €
3. Junxiong Zhao (China), 1 500 €, Gergely Leblanc (Hungary), 1 500 €

CHOREOGRAPHERS

Choreography Award
Marco Goecke, Affi, (Germany) 2 250 €
David Jonathan, 303, (Belgium) 2 250 €

ENCOURAGEMENT PRIZES

Pessi & Illusia Prize for a best couple (Doris Laine & Heikki Värtsi)
Hong Yu Guo and Wenjun Zhang (China), 3 000 €
Union of Finnish Dance Artists’ Encouragement Prize
Maria Baranova (Finland), 500 €


7th competition – 2012

GLORIA GRAND PRIX
Yun Wang (China), 15 000 €

SENIORS
1. Candice Adea (Philippines), 8 000 €
2. Maria Baranova (Finland), 6 000 €
3. Ekaterina Oleynik (Belarus), 3 500€

1. –
2. Rodrigo Almarales (Cuba), 6 000€, Ruichen Sun (China), 6 000 €
3. Andrei Cozlac (Romania), 3 500 €

JUNIORS

1. Alys Shee (Canada), 3 500 €
2. Dingwen Ao (China), 2 500 €
3. Katherine Higgins (USA), 1 500 €

1. Taiyu He (China), 3 500 €
2. Francesco Gabriele Frola (Italy), 2 500 €
3. Jinchang Gu (China), 1 500 €

CHOREOGRAPHERS

Choreography Award
Francesco Frola (Italy), Magnificat, 2 000 €
Tisa Zhang (China), My First Modern Dance, 2 000 €

JURY’S SPECIAL PRIZES

Best non-competing partner
Ye Wang (China), 2 000 €
Best pas de deux technique
Jean-Marc Cordero (Philippines), 2 000 €
MARIMEKKO DANCE DESIGN PRIZE
Choreographer Fei Bo (China), Sacrifice, 2 000 €
FRIENDS OF THE KIROV OPERA IN FINLAND PRIZE FOR THE BEST TCHAIKOVSKY INTERPRETATION
Yun Wang and Yang Jiao (China), 2 500 €
UNION OF FINNISH DANCE ARTISTS ENCOURAGEMENT PRIZE FOR A TALENTED FINNISH YOUNG DANCER
Suvi Honkanen (Finland), 1 000 €


8th competition – 2016

JANE ERKKO GRAND PRIX
Kim Heesun (South Korea), 15 000 €

SENIORS

1. Xinlu Zhan (China), Yimeng Sun (China), 7 000 €
2. –
3. Yoshiko Kamikusa (Canada), 3 500 €

1. –
2. Byul Yun (South Korea), 6 000 €
3. Takatoshi Machiyama (Japan), Kengo Nishioka (Japan), 3 000 €

JUNIORS

1. So Jung Shin (South Korea), 3 500 €
2. Fangqi Li (China), 2 500 €
3. Yeojin Shim (South Korea), 1 500 €

1. Zhuming Chen (China), 3 500 €
2. Yuedong Sun (China), 2 500 €
3. Frederico Loureiro (Portugal), 1 500 €

CHOREOGRAPHERS

Choreography award
Jae Deok Kim (South Korea), Aria, 2 000 €

JURY’S SPECIAL PRIZES

1. prize for Pas de deux
Hojin Jeon (South Korea), 1000 €
Encouragement prizes
Matthew Cunningham (United States), 1 000 €
Magili Chadbourne (United States), 1 000 €
Chongzheng Guan (China), 1 000 €
Attitydi Scholarship
Suvi Honkanen (Finland), 1 000 €