NYIBC FAQ1. How did NYIBC come to exist and when was NYIBC founded?2. What must dancers do to apply to participate in NYIBC?3. Where can interested applicants find the list of repertory that participants will performduring the competition?4. How many dancers participate in NYIBC each year?5. What does the full scholarship include?6. How are the dancers selected to participate in NYIBC?7. What do the dancers experience in the first two weeks at NYIBC prior to the juriedperformances?8. What is a typical day like for a dancer participating in NYIBC?9. Where do the dancers stay during the competition?10. Do all of the dancers receive individual time with the coaches?11. What awards are given at the competition? Who decides on which dancers are selected toreceive these awards?12. How do the judges score the dancers during the competition?13. What happens when one dancer in a couple is eliminated and the other dancer is asked tomove on to the next round?14. Who dances in the gala performance?15. How many alumni does NYIBC have and where are they now?16. Can dancers participate in NYIBC more than once?NYIBC Quick Links for More InformationNYIBC 2013 Rules and Procedures http://goo.gl/fGi0vNYIBC 2013 Application http://goo.gl/LPcCUNYIBC 2013 Facebook Note http://goo.gl/TzpOI1. How did NYIBC come to exist and when was NYIBC founded?NYIBC was founded by Ilona Copen in August 1983. It’s first Artistic Director was the unforgettableand ultimate danseur noble, Igor Youskevitch. Created as an artistic educational and careeradvancement opportunity, NYIBC still seeks to mentor and educate young dancers about the art ofthe pas de deux. NYIBC 2013 marks our 30th anniversary.2. What must dancers do to apply to participate in NYIBC?Female dancers must be between the ages of 17 and 23, during the official dates of NYIBC andmust submit dance education records, three letters of recommendation from ballet school directors,teachers or other well known dance figures, a headshot, a photograph on pointe and a video of oneclassical variation of choice and one overhead lift with any partner. Male dancers must be betweenthe ages of 18 and 24, during the official dates of NYIBC and must submit dance education records,three letters of recommendation from ballet school directors, teachers or other well known dancefigures, a headshot, a photograph of them in the air, and video of one classical variation of choiceand one overhead lift with any partner. Aspiring applicants should carefully read the RULES ANDPROCEDURES.
3. Where can interested applicants find the list of repertory that participants will performduring the competition?Unlike most other international ballet competitions, NYIBC does not have a list of repertory in whichapplicants are asked to select a piece to perform. Instead, all the dancers are assigned the samepieces to learn and perform, upon their arrival to New York City. The only piece that dancers willhave knowledge of prior to the competition is their prepared solo.4. How many dancers participate in NYIBC each year?NYIBC invites forty-eight dancers (twenty-four couples) to participate in the three-week program onfull scholarship for each NYIBC edition.5. What is included in the full scholarship that all participants receive?NYIBC’s scholarship for each of the 48 invited participants for the three-week duration of theprogram includes: class, repertory study, room, board, dancer wellness/care, cultural activities suchas attending a Broadway show or the ballet and selected dining experiences in the city.6. How are the dancers selected to participate in NYIBC?The dancers are selected, based on their application submissions, which are reviewed by NYIBC’sArtistic Selection Panel. They will choose participants on the basis of their written applications,letters of recommendation, photographs and videos. All dancers must apply with a partner who isalso applying to compete. NYIBC does not accept non-competing partners.7. What do the dancers experience in the first two weeks at NYIBC prior to the juriedperformances?The first two weeks of NYIBC are focused on teaching and coaching the repertory. The world-renowned teachers and coaches pass down their artistry to the younger dancer. The dancers comewith the technical base and learn the subtleties of the art of partnering, all the while forming aninternational company of dancers in an extraordinary collaborative environment, during their time atNYIBC.8. What is a typical day like for a dancer participating in NYIBC?A typical day during the first two weeks consists of all the dancers taking class together from 9:30amto 11:00am. The dancers are then split into three groups. The groups rotate every two days. At theend of the first week they have worked with the three coaches and learned the three pas de deux.The rehearsal day is from 11am to 6pm. Week two involves further rehearsal and includes privatecoaching time. Sunday they rest. On special evenings, cultural and extracurricular activities areorganized for the participants to have a more holistic New York experience.9. Where do the dancers stay during the competition?The dancers are provided with housing in Manhattan so that they can easily access their classesand rehearsals.10. Do all of the dancers receive individual time with the coaches?Yes, NYIBC is proud to provide one-on-one world class coaching and training for all the participatingcouples. Each couple is given the same amount of time in their coaching sessions, to maintain a fairplaying field. This is a ballet training experience many companies and schools do not offer.
11. What awards are given at the competition? Who decides on which dancers are selected toreceive these awards?The illustrious jury has the task of scoring the dancers’ performances and awarding them Gold,Silver and Bronze Medals, and special awards for artistic achievements, all of which areaccompanied by a monetary prize. The panel of judges scores each dancer individually anddetermines who should be awarded each of the prizes. NYIBC also offers a one-year contract withAmerican Ballet Theatre (Igor Youskevitch Award), which is offered at the discretion of Mr. KevinMcKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre); and The Joffrey Ballet (Arpino Award),which is offered at the discretion of Mr. Ashley Wheater (Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet).12. How do the judges score the dancers during the competition?Participants are judged on an individual basis. All participants will perform exclusively with thepartner with whom they arrive. Scoring is on a cumulative numerical basis. The highest and lowestscores are eliminated as to avoid any potential bias. Dancers with the highest cumulative scores areawarded medals, monetary prizes and certificates. All participants receive a certificate ofparticipation.13. What happens when one dancer in a couple is eliminated and the other dancer is asked tomove on to the next round?All dancers must compete until both dancers in the couple are eliminated. As the dancers are scoredindividually, one member of a couple may be asked to move on to the next round, while the otherdancer is eliminated. In this case, both dancers will continue performing. If a dancer is eliminated itdoesn’t mean they go home, he/she must remain a guest of NYIBC, taking class and participating inall activities organized by NYIBC through the duration of the competition.14. Who dances in the gala performance?Selected current NYIBC participants and guest artists, including NYIBC Alumni, will dance in thegala performance. The program may include any of the following: solos, modern/contemporary duetsand pas de deux performances.15. How many alumni does NYIBC have and where are they now?NYIBC is proud to have close to 500 alumni who are working as principal dancers, school andcompany directors, and choreographers at prestigious ballet institutions and ballet companies suchas: American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Scottishballet, Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Danish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet,Shanghai Ballet, Miami City Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet, and WashingtonBallet, among many others.16. Can dancers participate in NYIBC more than once?Yes, dancers may participate in NYIBC as long as they maintain their eligibility for the duration ofNYIBC. Many of our alumni have competed in NYIBC more than once. Many alumni have also comeback to the NYIBC family as guest artists, coaches, counselors and even as judges.