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Valentina Kozlova's International Ballet Competition 2016 Sets Final Judges Lineup

Valentina Kozlova's International Ballet Competition 2016 is April 25-30 at Symphony Space, 95th Street & Broadway, NYC.

The event is dedicated to the beloved ballerina, choreographer, teacher and writer Violette Verdy. Dancers from around the world will gather for the 6th annual VKIBC, dancing before the judges for monetary prizes, as well as scholarships and company contracts.

The classical repertory from which entrants can choose includes dances from the ballet classics, with special additions that include the Grahn variation from Pas de Quatre and a variation from Walpurgis Night, to name just two. One day will once again be devoted to contemporary dancers and choreography.

The impressive list of international judges for 2016 VKIBC include:

Andris Liepa, President of Judging Panel, Former Principal dancer with Bolshoi, Kirov and ABT companies, President of Maris Liepa Foundation

Nina Ananiashvili, Former Principal ballerina with Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of State Ballet of Georgia (GEORGIA)

Patricia Aulestia (De Alba), Former dancer in the National Ballet of Chile, Modern Art Ballet of Santiago de Chile and Clasico 70 of Mexico (MEXICO)

Nina Buisson, Internationally acclaimed Contemporary Dance Master Teacher, award-winning choreographer, Tanz Theater (FRANCE)

Tracy Inman, Co-Director, Ailey School (USA)

Charles Jude, Former Etoile de l'Opéra de Paris, Directeur du Ballet de l'Opéra de Bordeaux (FRANCE)

Sun Hee Kim, Professor, Korea National University School of Arts, School of Dance (SOUTH KOREA)

Joe Lanteri, Director and Founder of NY Dance Alliance (USA)

Terence Marling, Director of Hubbard Street II (USA)

Jennifer Muller, Director and Founder of Jennifer Muller/The Works (USA)

Troy Powell, Director of Ailey II (USA)

Anderson Santana, Artistic Director and Founder Brussels International Ballet School (BELGIUM)

Margo Sappington, Master Teacher and award-winning choreographer (USA)

Olga Guardia de Smoak, Artistic Advisor to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Panama, New Orleans International Ballet Conference President, Dance Impresario and Scholar, Loyola University (PANAMA)

Sergei Soloviev, Former Principal dancer of Bolshoi Ballet, Professeur Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (FRANCE)

Jeon Mi Sook, Internationally recognized choreographer and dance educator of Korea, Korea National University School of Arts (SOUTH KOREA)

Peter Stark, Associate Director of Boston Ballet II, and Head of Men's Program, Boston Ballet School (USA)

Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Former Principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, Rector of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, Saint Petersburg (RUSSIA)

Martine Van Hamel, Former Principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and American Ballet Theatre, Co-founder of Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Faculty of The JKO School and Studio Company of ABT (USA)

Septime Webre, Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet (USA)

Jelko Yuresha, Former Principal Dancer, English National Ballet (UNITED KINGDOM)

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