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SA INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION (article first published : 2008-01-3)

South Africa’s top ballet and contemporary dancers are flexing their muscles, fluffing out their tutus and polishing their tiaras as their fellow competitors jet in from around the world to prepare for the inaugural South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) that begins on January 15 at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town. In addition to outstanding entrants from all the provinces, the prestigious event has attracted dancers from the USA, Cuba, China, Latvia, Korea, Argentina, Taiwan and Japan, all of whom will compete for more than ZAR400,000 during a week of intense elimination rounds culminating in the Finals and Gala performances.

Dirk Badenhorst, the CEO of the SAIBC comments, "the competition gives our dancers, from ages 15 to 29, the chance to showcase their talent and be exposed to the different dance styles and techniques demonstrated by our guests from overseas. The SAIBC also contributes to the success, growth and development of ballet, a unique artform that has an important role to play in the cultural integration of South African society.” He added that like other ballet competitions in Varna, Bulgaria and the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, the SAIBC will typically enable local and international dance directors to seek out emerging talent for their own companies. The event will grow new audiences and draw amateur and professional dance companies together to learn from each other through the platform of competitive engagement. Workshops are also being planned for young dancers from the growing number of dance projects in the City.

All booking is through Computicket, 083 915 8000 or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695. For further enquiries concerning the competition, please visit www.saibc.co.za




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