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About The World Ballet Competition

The World Ballet Competition (WBC) was founded in 2007 by Central Florida Ballet’s Executive Director, Vasile Petrutiu.

Since its inception, the World Ballet Competition has grown exponentially in size because of its unique elements: an instantaneous scoring system that promotes transparency and eliminates favoritism, and an internet broadcast watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers providing global visibility.

Dancers are also drawn to compete based on the success of past WBC winners who are now enjoying professional careers at the top of their field including: Jeffrey Cirio (USA) becoming principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre; Whitney Jensen (USA) principal dancer of Norwegian National Ballet; Sasha de Sola (USA) principal dancer of San Francisco Ballet; Andrei Pisarev (Ukraine) principal dancer of Kiev Ballet; and Isaac Hernandez (Mexico) principal dancer of English National Ballet. World Ballet Competition artists have been featured on hit television shows NBC's World of Dance, NBC's America's Got Talent, and FOX's So You Think You Can Dance.

The WBC’s popularity has translated to generating 17 million video views through the internet as well as numerous features in magazines, television and radio shows internationally.

Breakfast Television, Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 2018
"High pressure, high profile competition"

Danca Brasil Magazine, June 2017
"The World Ballet Competition is the best in the world and most transparent we have ever witnessed"

Australian Radio: 891 ABC Adelaide, June 2016
"Compete at one of the most significant ballet competitions in the world"

Now in its 14th year, the World Ballet Competition continues to attract leading celebrities from the global dance industry while acknowledging and rewarding the future generations of eminent artistic talent worldwide.

Scoring System

Over the years it has become obvious the need for a transparent and fair scoring system. To this effect, the World Ballet Competition has developed its own real-time scoring system that ensures both transparency and fairness. This article goes over some of the features and how it is being used to ensure transparency in the scoring process. The screen shots included in this article are actual screen shots taken from the live system.

The Judging Panel


There are eight judges for each round that include seven voting members and a jury president. Each of these judges is provided with a scoring tablet that is controlled by the scoring system. When a competitor enters the stage, the judge is presented with two score cards, one for artistic and one for technical merits, and in case of a choreography entry a third that is judged separately.

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At this time, the competitor information is also displayed on the overhead projection screen (see under transparency) in the auditorium and the live video broadcast. 

 

ONCE SCORES ARE ENTERED: Once a score has been selected, the judge confirms it and it is permanently captured into a database where it cannot be altered:

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Conflicts of Interest Handling: Should there be any conflicts of interest (NOT otherwise known before hand, for example the judge recognizes the competitor and did not know that the competitor is there before hand), the judge can remove themselves from the voting pool and the jury president is asked to cast the score. 

Clarification of rules or possible infringement on rules of the competition: The judge, who suspects that a rule of the competition has been broken or needs further clarification on the rules, will hit the "STOP VOTING FOR JURRY DELIBERATION" button on their screen. At this time, all scores captured will be dumped and scoring will be stopped until the jury can deliberate on possible penalties or provide guidance on the applicable rules and policies as published on the competition's website. Once the deliberation is complete, the jury president releases the deliberation and the judging panel is allowed to enter the scores. This option is very rarely used as 99% of conflicts are known before hand and the judges with conflicting interests ARE NOT allowed to score the entire category.

 

Transparency of the scoring process

While the competitor is on stage, the basic information about the competitor is displayed:

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The country and competitor number is also displayed on the live Internet broadcast.

Once all scores have been entered: the scores are displayed on the overhead projector and the Internet video broadcast in real-time

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To maintain fairness, the lowest and the highest scores (one of each) are automatically dropped, marked in red and the mean score is calculated from the remaining scores (in green). The blue "N" is the non-voting jury member (the jury president or abstaining judge). This process ensures that no one judge can influence the final score of the competitor one way or another.

AFTER THE ROUND:

To ensure integrity, scores of each judge for each competitor as well as the round scores are printed out in four copies:

  1. a copy for the Jury President
  2. a copy for the Competition Administration
  3. a copy for the Technical Team (will be posted online on the day of)
  4. a copy that is immediately displayed backstage for the competitors and coaches

Furthermore, in between the rounds the round scores are also displayed in the theater and on the Internet Live Broadcast.

About WBC

The Wold Ballet Competition held it's first edition in 2007, since when it has enjoyed rapid growth in recognition due to it's fairness and transparency. The World Ballet Competition is a prestigious international ballet competiton (IBC) historically held yearly in Orlando, Florida.

History

 After the World Ballet Competition held Orlando's first international ballet competition in 2007, rave reviews were received by the attending public, critics, and more importantly our competitors. The Organizing Comitee then decided that the event needs to be an annual event and the competition quickly became noticed and recognized worldwide as one of the most fair, transparent, and unbiased competitions the world has to offer.

Based on previous years successes and know-how, the Organizing Comitee of the World Ballet Competition decided to hold regional competitions because of the very high interest in the competition and the countless turned down applications due to spot availability. First of these regionals, the WBC Open, will be held in the former European Capital of Culture, Sibiu, Romania.

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Awards

 Currently, the World Ballet Competition Finals offers one the highest cash awards of any international dance competition, the Grand Prix valued at $10,000 cash prize. All gold, silver, and bronze medalists receive cash prizes, while everyone is elligible to win numerous scholarship opportunities based on qualification scores.

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Scoring System

Over the corse of the years, the ballet competition has employed a computerized scoring system, much like the Olypics use, to ensure fairness and transparency. The system allows for the electronic capture and calculation of mean average score from each of the seven voting judges by dropping automatically the highest and lowest score to eliminate any possible favoritsm. The scoring system has been custom built for the World Ballet Competition and remains a cornerstone in ensuring its fairness. Once scores are posted, they are locked in place and cannot be changed for any reason except in case of a violation of rules and regulations or disqualification because of such violation (both of which require a supermajority of the jury).

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Special thanks to Discount Dance Supply, sponsor of the World Ballet Competition. 

 

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The venue for the World Ballet Competition 2019, Orange County Convention Center, is wheelchair accessible. For futher information on Assistance for Guests with disabilities, please click here.