Applicants who are accepted to the competition must pay the travel expenses to Helsinki and back, but board and lodging expenses for the competitors are covered by the organizing committee of the competition. The competitors will stay at Hotel Crowne Plaza, close to the National Opera and Ballet.
Competitors and partners who have been eliminated are invited to stay for the rest of the competition at no additional cost. Non-competing partners are invited to arrive two days before the round they will be performing in.
The competition will be held in three qualifying rounds. The order of appearance on stage will be determined randomly by drawing numbers. The programme consists of both classical ballet and contemporary dance.
In the Helsinki International Ballet Competition men and women will be judged separately and in two divisions:
Junior division (age 15-19)
Senior division (age 20-25)
Juniors and seniors present two variations from the classical ballet repertoire that can be found on the application form or under “Rules”. Part of the competitors will be eliminated, and the semi-finalists will proceed to round II.
One contemporary dance number (solo or duet) lasting no less than 2,5 minutes nor more than 5 minutes. The choreography must consist of new and modern technical elements which clearly differ from the traditional ballet vocabulary. After the elimination the finalists will proceed to round III.
1. One pas de deux lasting no more than 10 minutes or two variations from the classical ballet repertoire from the 19th or 20th century.
2. One contemporary piece (solo or duet) created after 2001, lasting no more than 5 minutes.
The winners will be performing a programme chosen by the international jury. The prizes are awarded during the gala performance.
Rehearsals and training
Both competitors and their partners can attend training classes organised by the competition free of charge. These training classes are not open to the public. The training classes are led by Jarmo Rastas the teacher of Finnish National Ballet and Ophélie Rodighiero a teacher of Finnish National Ballet School.
The organizers agree to provide rehearsal rooms for all competitors during the whole period of their participation and one technical rehearsal with lights before their appearance on the stage of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.
Insurance and medical help
Each competitor has to take care of his/her own personal accident and travel insurance.