World Ballet Competition All Star Finale

World Ballet Competition All Star Finale

Presented by Central Florida Ballet
June 16 | Bob Carr Theater

World Ballet Competition All Star Finale

June 16 | Bob Carr Theater

The World Ballet Competition opens on Monday, June 11 and continues with four days of intensely competitive and juried solo, partnered and ensemble performances. The elite group of ballet dancers, representing 25 countries, will compete for more than $300,000 in scholarships, cash prizes and contract offers from dance companies around the world. Now in its 12th year, the World Ballet Competition continues to attract leading celebrities from the global dance industry while furthering the careers of future artistic talent worldwide.

The week-long “Olympics of Dance” culminates with a star-studded All Stars Performance finale on Saturday, June 16 at the Bob Car Theater. Matt Palm of the Orlando Sentinel, named the evening “A steady stream of wow-wow-wow.” Central Florida Ballet, producers of the famed WBC, have selected an impressive roster of all-star performers for this year’s event:

Christye Alan, an accomplished aerialist who trained at the Tuzer Dance Center in Dallas, Texas and joined the cast of the Siegfried and Roy Show in Las Vegas as a performer.

Hannah Bettes, a native of Florida and former student of Central Florida Ballet, now a soloist at the prestigious Boston Ballet.

Ashley Bouder, a New York City Ballet/Principal Dancer, recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise with appearances on PBS in the nationally televised broadcasts of Live from Lincoln Center.

Stacy Burchfield, a Metropolis Productions/Aerialist who has performed as an aerialist for seven years including a residencies with Q Productions (Las Vegas, NV), Cirque Entertainment, Universal Studios (Orlando, FL), and Sea World (Orlando, FL and San Diego, CA) to name a few.

Dusty Button, an International guest artist who moved to New York City at the age of 16 to train at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Ms. Button completed her training with London's Royal Ballet School on scholarship, graduating with honors and was presented with the Dame Ninette de Valois bursary and featured on the 2015 Pointe Magazine cover where she was labeled as "A New Brand of Ballerina.”

Anaïs Chalendard, a Principal Dancer with the Boston Ballet who was formally trained in Germany, Berlin and Karlsruhe and premiered the leading role in Terence Kohler’s Anna Karenina.

Denys Drozdyuk, known as the Canadian winner of So You Think You Can Dance, is from the Ukraine and holds a B.A. from the world-famous Juilliard School in New York. He was also featured on NBC’s Hit Television show “World of Dance.”

Lauren Fadeley, trained at the Orlando Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (SAB) she performed in the Academy Award-winning film “Black Swan.”

Joseph Gatti, a former Principal Dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet and the first American male dancer to win the prestigious gold medal at the New York International Ballet Competition.

Meredith Harrill, a Visceral Dance Chicago/Company Dancer of Orlando, Florida who trained at the Central Florida Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet on scholarship. In 2013, Meredith joined State Street Ballet where she toured nationally and internationally with the company.

Lasha Khozashvili, a Boston Ballet/Principal Dancer who trained at the V. Chabukiani Tbilisi State Choreographic School and was awarded the Gilbert Albert and Nina Ananiashvili International Prize "Star" in 2008.

Prince Lyons, a Visceral Dance Chicago/Company Dancer who studied at the Best Dance and Talent Center, under direction of Judy Best-Person. Mr. Lyons attended summer programs at Nashville Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Body Traffic, Arts Umbrella/Ballet BC and Springboard Danse Montreal receiving full scholarships, second company and apprenticeship offers.

Patrick Palkens, a Boston Ballet/Artist introduced to ballet through a scholarship with the Municipal Theatre Ballet School in Chile. In 2017, Palkens joined the Boston Ballet and has performed works by George Balanchine, Alejandro Cerrudo, Ma Cong, Septime Webre, Victoria Morgan, and Val Caniparoli.

Chase Swatosh, a Miami City Ballet/Soloist who trained for two years at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2010, promoted to corps de ballet in 2012, and ultimately to soloist in 2016.

Daniel Ulbricht, a New York City Ballet/Principal Dancer who is the founder and director of Stars of the American Ballet and the Creative Director of NYCB’s Family Saturdays program.

Venus Villa, a Washington Ballet/Company Member who trained at the prestigious Cuban National Ballet and La Scala Ballet School. At age 17, Ms. Villa won the Grand Prix at the Vignale Ballet Competition and performed with the corps de ballet at the Royal Ballet in London and the Vienna Staatsoper Ballet where she performed many soloist roles in ballets including Coppélia, Alice in Wonderland, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet.  

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