Kozlova Int'l Ballet Competition Announces Winners

Kozlova Int'l Ballet Competition Announces Winners

Kozlova Int'l Ballet Competition Announces Winners

The Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition hosted just under 200 dancers from countries around the world for the June 6-10 event at Symphony Space, New York City. The rich display of international talent was breathtaking as dancers in four categories, ages 11 to 26, performed for medals, scholarships to dance academies around the world, and company contracts with the Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Columbia Classical Ballet. Saturday June 10th found all judges and dancers on stage for the announcement of the winners, followed by a Gala Performance, charmingly emceed by Margo Sappington.

The spectacular evening opened with the presentation by Kozlova of a medal to Arthur Mitchell, accepted by Eddie Shellman, longtime principal dancer of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Continuing her commitment to acknowledge artists who have made significant contributions to dance over the years, Kozlova honored Mr. Mitchell, dance pioneer as a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ms. Kozlova's presentation included a moving and heartfelt speech, not only in appreciation of the barrier-breaking accomplishments of Mr. Mitchell, but also in praise of the generosity and equality in the world of the arts, specifically in dance. Kozlova cited the examples of George Balanchine, an immigrant from another country, and Arthur Mitchell, an African-American artist, who were embraced and able to rise to great heights in the dance world.

The evening continued with a performance of medalists, including those who were awarded Grand Prix for the first time in the VKIBC's history, and a guest appearance by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

2017 Awards / Prizes

GRAND PRIX

Bakhtiyar Adamzham, Kazakhstan - Classical

Sungmin Kim, South Korea - Contemporary

CLASSICAL COMPETITION MEDAL WINNERS

Youth Division (Ages 11 - 12) Female

  • Gold Medal: Seehyun Kim, South Korea
  • Silver Medal: Katya Saburova, Russia
  • Bronze Medal: Lilly Fridlyand, USA
  • Bronze Medal: Chloe Colter, USA
  • Bronze Medal: Delaney Hart, USA

Youth Division (Ages 11 - 12) Male

Gold Medal: Kangwon Lee, South Korea

No Silver and Bronze Medals Awarded

Student Division (Ages 13 - 14)

  • Gold Medal: Alesia Astashonok, Belarus
  • Gold Medal: Catherine Parker, Switzerland
  • Silver Medal: Nattalia Tiemi Nakamura, Brazil
  • Bronze Medal: Jillian Schubert, USA
  • Bronze Medal: Natasha Snogren, USA

Junior Division (Ages 15 - 17) Female

  • Gold Medal: Rheya Shano, USA
  • Gold Medal: Yuyu Ichikawa, Belgium
  • Silver Medal: Mari Bell, Canada
  • Bronze Medal: Talia Egge, USA
  • Bronze Medal: Madison Holdsworth, USA

Junior Division (Ages 15 - 17) Male

  • No Gold and Silver Medals Awarded
  • Bronze Medal: João Paulo Jezler, Brazil
  • Bronze Medal: Marco Marongiu, Italy

Senior Division (Ages 18 - 26) Female

  • Gold Medal: Yu Jeong Choi, South Korea
  • Silver Medal: Eunhye Lee, South Korea
  • Bronze Medal: Francesca Loi, Italy

Senior Division (Ages 18 - 26) Male

  • Gold Medal: Jinsol Eum, South Korea
  • Gold Medal: Koyo Yanagishima, USA
  • Silver Medal: Justin Valentine, USA
  • Silver Medal: Jun Kyoung Kim, South Korea
  • Bronze Medal: Serik Nakyspekov, Kazakhstan
  • Bronze Medal: Marcos Silva, Brazil

Best Interpretation of the Classical Compulsory Female

Iliana Yotova, Bulgaria

Best Interpretation of the Classical Compulsory Male

Christian Pforr, USA

Best Interpretation of the Contemporary Compulsory "Deep Mirror"

Alice Lunedei, Italy

Camila Rodrigues, USA

Best Interpretation of the Contemporary Compulsory "In the Wake"

Marcos Silva, Brazil

CONTEMPORARY COMPETITION MEDAL WINNERS

Division I (Ages 12 and Under)

  • Gold Medal: Sadie Weintraub, Ireland
  • Silver Medal: Lilly Fridlyand, USA
  • Bronze Medal: Maria Loberto, Brazil
  • Bronze Medal: Katya Saburova, Russia

Division II (Ages 13 - 14)

  • Gold Medal: Noh Youn Kim, South Korea
  • Silver Medal: Jillian Schubert, USA
  • Bronze Medal: Giuliana Maria Tavarelli Nunes, Paraguay

Division III (Ages 15 - 17) Female

  • Gold Medal: Nikita Boris, USA
  • Silver Medal: Yul Ui Kim, South Korea
  • Bronze Medal: Alexia Duff, USA
  • Bronze Medal: Semi Lim, South Korea

Division III (Ages 15 - 17) Male

  • No Gold Medal Awarded
  • Silver Medal: Gabriel Barbosa, Brazil
  • Bronze Medal: Roberto Santos, Brazil
  • Bronze Medal: Khevyn Sigismondi, Belgium

Division IV (Ages 18 and Up) Female