The eight Helsinki International Ballet Competition will take place in Helsinki, Finland from 24 May to 2 June 2016. As in previous years, the competition will be hosted by the Finnish National Opera, which offers excellent facilities and a stunning backdrop for the competition. A total of 88 ballet dancers from 24 countries, within five continents, have been accepted into the competition.
The list of competitors http://ibchelsinki.fi/en/competitors-2/
Helsinki International Ballet Competition, founded by Professor Doris Laine-Almi in 1984, is regarded as one of the most distinguished and qualified ballet competitions in the world. The established reputation has reached the top-level dancers around the world.
– The high quality and the large amount of the applicants positively surprised the Selection Committee, and therefore a number of skillful dancers did not advance to the competition. Still it is wonderful to notice that the Helsinki Ballet Competition is so highly respected and many young dancers from all over the world choose to apply to the event, Asta Lindholm, Secretary General, says.
From the first round to the Finals and Gala
The competition begins with five days of preliminary and semi-final rounds held in the Almi Hall, with the best dancers advancing to the finals on the main stage. During the various rounds, dancers perform both classical repertory and modern dance. The event culminates with the Gala and Awards Ceremony on June 2 with performances from the winners.
In addition to fame and glory, the winners will be awarded prizes worth 80,000 euros in total. The main prize in the Helsinki International Ballet Competition is the Jane Erkko Grand Prix, worth 15,000 euros.
The previous competition took place in 2012. Kenneth Greve, Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet is the Chairman of the international jury.
Finnish dancers accepted to the Ballet Competition
Category juniors, age 15–19: Sara Antikainen (Finnish National Ballet, Youth Company), Katariina Hietala (Finnish National Opera Ballet School), Atte Kilpinen (Finnish National Ballet, Youth Company), Viola Länsivuori (Finnish National Opera Ballet School), Ella Puurtinen (Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg), Heidi Salminen (Pirkanmaan Tanssiopisto) and Erika Vilander (Finnish National Opera Ballet School).
Category seniors, age 20–25: Suvi Honkanen (Finnish National Ballet), Maria Martyanova (Hungarian National Ballet) and Tuukka Piitulainen (Finnish National Ballet).