DUO received this call for applicants for a dance competition in Italy. Competitions are a dime a dozen, but the roster of teachers and judges was pretty stellar at this one, so we thought we would share. Hey, it’s a new year!  Why not dream big? Links on competition details and how to apply are at the bottom of this article.  The deadline for applications  is February 15th 2018.

“The International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition, Domenico Modugno, in Lecce, Italy is the first and the only event of this kind in the area. The 2018 Edition will be held in the beautiful baroque style city of Lecce at one of the most beautiful and culturally significant centres in Southern Italy, it aims is to promote, stimulate, and encourage young talents in the discipline of dance and choreography. The main purpose of the event is to create opportunities for the young dancers to “network”, to see and to be seen by their peers, teachers, school and company directors, and of course, the audiences. Connections made under such circumstances inevitably result in generous and even career-altering offers of scholarships and jobs.

Assessment of dancers cannot be complete without seeing them both on stage and in the studio. Thus, the Competition is designed to be a two-fold event comprised of a workshop and adjudicated stage performances.  Some of the most distinguished and influential individuals in the business of dance and dance education will serve as teachers and judges at our workshop and competition including:

·         Irina Zhelonkina – Professor of Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet

·         György Szakály – Rector of Hungarian Dance Academy, Hungary

·         Jan Broeckx – Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich

·         Misha Tchoupakov – Rehearsal Director, Master Teacher, Judge at Youth America Grand Prix

·         Sawako Haruyama – Director PBK Ballet Competition Japan

·         Zsolt Tibor Elek – Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy

·         Eriberto Verardi – Artistic Director of Balleto di Verona Ballet School

·         Slauka Ladewig Señkowski – Ballet de Jalisco, Mexico

·         Kaygorodov Dmitry Evgenevich – Director of Kiev Choreographic College, Ukraine

·         Paola Scoppettuolo – Artistic Director of “Aleph” Contemporary Dance Company

·         Dino Verga – Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Italy

·         Rick Tjia – Cirque de Soleil

·         Alexander Mishutin – Artistic Director of International Ballet High School Tokyo

·         Akiko Takahashi – Director at Russia Classic Ballet Academy, Japan

·         Valentin Bartes – Artistic Director of ASD Arte Italia, International Choreographer

·         Ruby Coletta – Artistic Director of Cultural Association of Domenico Modugno

The International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition in Bari, Italy, is generously supported by the local organization, Cultural Association of Domenico Modugno. Its aim is to promote the importance of cultural development and cultural significance of the region.

The 4th International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition “Domenico Modugno” is scheduled to take place at Teatro Politeama Greco in Lecce between March 16-19, 2018. Meanwhile International Ballet Workshop will be held simultaneously with above Competition dates, followed by the awards ceremony and Gala performance on March 19, 2018.”