What we bring to our audiences
Audiences delight in the unique format of the performances whereby all dancers perform the same choreographic version of the pas de deux and contemporary duet chosen for each progressive round. They learn to differentiate and appreciate the artistic and cultural nuances every dancer brings to each piece.
NYIBC is an eye-opening look at the spectrum of interpretations and technical abilities that a single ballet can call forth. Balletomanes and theatergoers alike also experience the dancers’ personal artistry and unique qualities when they perform their solos, which showcase each dancer’s strengths such as musicality, craftsmanship and technical control, imploring the audience and jury to connect with them as individual artists.
The jury, comprised of leading artistic figures from different countries, awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals accompanied by monetary prizes. In addition, the jury gives awards for special artistic achievements.
Awards and Opportunities
The Igor Youskevitch Award (a one-year contract with American Ballet Theatre), the Arpino Award (a one-year contract with Joffrey Ballet), and the E. Virginia Williams Award (a one-year contract with Boston Ballet II) are awarded at the discretion of each of these companies’ Artistic Directors.
In addition to having access to the professional ballet world stage in New York City, and receiving contracts, medals, awards and cash prizes, during their time at NYIBC the dancers form a versatile international company in which lifelong associations are born. NYIBC now has a network of 480 alumni.