Excitement in dance circles is mounting as the fourth South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) gets underway. The event is currently taking place at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, from 18 to 23 February.
This year, two of our Dance studies learners - Zhenya Pietersen and Mikayla Isaacs - have been selected to compete in this competition.
Formerly known as the Cape Town International Ballet Competition, it is the only event of its kind on the African continent and attracts top dancers from SA and the World. Since the inaugural SAIBC four years ago, the competition has been hailed by dance enthusiasts around the country as one of the most exciting happenings on the South African dance calendar. It is a tremendous success on a number of levels, attracting the crème de la crème of ballet talent who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals and substantial monetary prizes. In past years, the event has been likened to a World Cup of Ballet and the Ballet Olympics as dancers display breathtaking athletic abilities and technical prowess and go head to head for the coveted top spots on the 'podium' and R340 000 in prize money.
A third age division, Scholar, has opened the competition to dancers aged 12 to 15 years. The other categories are Junior (16 to 20 years) and Senior (21 to 28 years). This year the 48 participants are from Switzerland, Cuba, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, China and includes the biggest number of South African entrants to date.
The Sunday Gala show at Artscape will showcase the SAIBC 2014 winners as well as top dancers from the National Ballet School of Cuba, and the Young Korean Ballet Stars from South Korea.