1.1. The 28th International Ballet Competition – Varna will be held by Foundation “International Ballet Competition – Varna”, referred to hereinafter as “the Organizer”, with the kind cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Varna Municipality, from 15 through 30 July, 2018, and under the auspices of the International Dance Committee of ITI – UNESCO and CID – UNESCO. The Competition is open to ballet dancers of all nationalities, provided they comply with the requirements of these Regulations.
1.2. Dancers take part in the Competition in two age groups and separate prizes and titles are awarded to each group:
- Group “A” – SENIORS – for ballet dancers aged under 26, i.e. born after July 15th 1992 and before July 14th 1999.
- Group “B” – JUNIORS – for boys and girls aged 15 to 19, i.e. born after July 15th 1999 and before July 14th 2003.
1.3. The maximum number of candidates to be allowed to take part in the 28th IBC-Varna shall be 130. After receiving the application documents of the 130th candidate the Organizer shall stop accepting any documents.
1.4. 40 dancers with the highest score from the First Round, but no lower than 18.00 points, shall be allowed to participate in the Second Round. Each group shall have a guaranteed minimum of 16 competitors, but with score not lower than 18.00 points.
1.5. 10 competitors from Group “A” – SENIORS and 10 competitors from Group “B” – JUNIORS with the highest score in the Second Round, but not lower than 19.00 points shall be admitted to the Third Round.
1.6. Competitors may participate in the Competition rounds either in couples or as soloists, but in both cases classification is done individually. Couples may be formed from members of the same or different age groups, i.e. one of the competitors may be from Group “A”, the other from Group “B”
1.7. Competitors may participate also with a partner who is not a competitor at all, when they perform a pas-de-deux or contemporary choreography where more than one performer is required.
1.8. The Competition will take place in three rounds at the Open-Air Theatre in Varna on a wooden floor stage sized 16/18 m, no slope.
1.9. In case of bad weather, some days or entire rounds of the Competition may take place indoors on a wooden floor stage, covered with linoleum, having approximately the same dimensions.
1.10. All performances included in the Competition Programme are open to the public.