First Regionals of the World Ballet Competition to be held in Sibiu, Romania - July 6 - 9, 2012

The internation ballet competition, the World Ballet Competition (WBC) is adding regional competitions for the first time. Following numerous requests from leaders worldwide, the WBC decided to hold it's first ever regional series in Sibiu, Romania.
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April 21, 2012 - PRLog -- Orlando, FL - One of the world’s most well-liked ballet competitions, the World Ballet Competition (WBC) is set to make yet another historic change. Following numerous requests from government leaders worldwide, the WBC Organizing Committee convened to adopt a new selection format labeled “WBC Open”. The new format will allow the World Ballet Competition to expand to new locations worldwide to share in the excitement the competition brings and at the same time increase the competitor registration limit, allowing more dancers to participate. Romania is the first of these governments!

Many strong dancers did not make the cut to compete in the finals held annually in Orlando, Florida, USA due to a limited enrollment. “It was sad for me to see the privilege of participating in WBC Finals taken away from fine dancers.” says, Vasile Petrutiu, Founder and Executive Director of the World Ballet Competition. “Therefore, we came up with WBC OPEN which does what it says; opens the door to all dancers wanting to be a part of the WBC and still enjoy the competition’s atmosphere regardless of placement in the USA finals.”

The WBC OPEN to be held in Sibiu, Romania from July 6 – 9, is the first of its kind for the World Ballet Competition “I wanted our competition to allow dancers to compete on a regional level and one that wasn’t restricted to solely professionally oriented ballet dancers. There is a growing demand for performers with strong contemporary, pop, and musical theatre skills out there who do not have to necessarily rely on the refined classical ballet mandate.” The WBC OPEN creates opportunities for these artists and provides the vehicle to connect with institutions seeking such talent such as the Orlando area theme parks (Disney World, Sea World and Universal), Broadway or LA through the WBC International Job Fair.

In order to accommodate the maximum number of competitors significant alterations in the rules and regulations were made exclusively for the WBC OPEN. This was created to give equal value towards ballet and contemporary style dancers age 9-26. Unlike the finals in Orlando, there is only one round of competition to determine winners in each category. Plus dancers have the option to perform ballet (pointe) and/or contemporary styles, but do not have to perform both to be a winner; a requirement that previously restricted competitors for the finals held in Orlando, Florida. The winners of each age category will advance to the “WBC Open Excellence Award Contest” where the overall winner will walk away with up to $3,000 US Dollars. Top competitors will be offered an invitation to perform in both the WBC OPEN Gala performance and/or the World Ballet Competition finals in Orlando.

Dancers will now be able to compete in “their own backyard” says Vasile Petrutiu. The first WBC OPEN is set to be held this summer from July 6 – 9 in Sibiu, Romania with more cities to be added in the near future. As a Cultural Capital for the European Union, Sibiu already has a market for international events. Hosting the World Ballet Competition OPEN is an honor for Romania and perfectly natural for our community given the opportunities provided by our government through the leadership of our mayor Mr. Kalus Johannis, an avid arts advocate himself.” says Ovidiu Dragoman, Event Director for the municipality of Sibiu.

For more information on the WBC OPEN and how to register visit, or call +1-407-849-4669.


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