Miami International Ballet Competition Announces the Winners of its Fifth Edition
Founding Artistic Directors of the Miami International Ballet Competition, Vladimir Issaev and Yanis Pikieris are proud to announce the awarded dancers of their fifth edition. The event was hosted at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater last month, and by virtue of the City of North Miami Beach, all competition rounds were free and open to the public.
MIBC awarded 10 individual participants and 2 ensembles with gold, silver and bronze medals and $10,000 in cash awards, as well as dance merchandise prizes sponsored by Russian Pointe, Capezio, Balletwear and DanceBuddy valued in more than $10,000.
Additionally, awardees received about 80 international scholarship awards to important ballet schools in Europe, Asia and the United States, as well as scholarships to enter international ballet competitions in Asia and Europe, valued at approximately $68,000.
For the Individual Category, the awarded dancers are as follows: Division 1 – 9 to 11 years old: Myla Goldberg, from Singapore (Cheng Ballet Academy) First Place – Gold Medal; Dana Chong, from Peru (Danzaria Escuela de Ballet) Second Place – Silver Medal; Emma Vallarino, from Panama (Steps Ballet School) Third Place – Bronze Medal.
Division 2 – 12 to 14 years old: Fatima Bodden, from Panama (Conservatorio de Danzas Panamá) First Place – Silver Medal; Jacquelyn Ng, from USA (Dance Empire of Miami) Second Place – Silver Medal; Carol Navarro, from Panama (Ballet Academy by Maruja Herrera) Third Place – Silver Medal.
Division 3 – 15 to 18 years old: Kyle Dyson, from USA (All American Classical Ballet School), First Place – Gold Medal; Marissa Mattingly, from USA (All American Classical Ballet School) Second Place – Gold Medal; Livia Childers, from USA (Ballet CNJ), Third Place – Silver Medal.
Division 4 – 19 to 21 years old: Julieta Del Castillo, from Panama (Ballet Nacional de Panamá), First Place – Bronze Medal.
For the Ensemble Category, the awarded dancers were as follows: First Division: Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet, Second Division: Miami Youth Ballet.
Moreover, MIBC gave the Ewa Glowacka Award to Kylie Dyson, from Division 3; The Founders Directors’ Encouragement Award to Julieta Del Castillo, from Division 4; Best Choreographer Award to Michelle Chaviano, from USA (Ballet Elite Dance Studio); and the Best Ballet School Award to Steps Ballet School, from Panama.
All dancers and ensembles were invited to perform at The Miami International Ballet Celebration, the closing gala performance that gave the event to an end.
The Miami International Ballet Competition will soon be announcing its dates for their international editions in Colombia, Paraguay, Denmark and Hong Kong.
This program was sponsored by the City of North Miami Beach, The State of Florida Department of State’s Division of Arts and Culture, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit www.miamiibc.org or follow them on Instagram and Facebook @miamiibc.