WBC - World Ballet Competition - International Ballet Competition

Mission & History


The World Ballet Competition's (WBC) goal is to achieve and encourage excellence in the art of dance. We bring together competitors from around the world, from ages 9 to 24, and of all levels of experience from introductory to professional.

The World Ballet Competition aims to establish the first international dance platform in Orlando, Florida; attracting leading celebrities from the global entertainment industry while acknowledging and rewarding the future generations of eminent artistic talent worldwide. This annual event will be attended by major international dance critics and will be broadcast to all participating countries with a combined global internet and television audience of millions.

The World Ballet Competition is now in its eleventh year of existence and is going strong due to its unbelievable support, participation and quality.


In the summer of 2007, Vasile Petrutiu (Founder and Executive Director of Central Florida Ballet) inaugurated the World Ballet Competition. The idea for the World Ballet Competition came with the intent to build support for the performing arts by making it more enticing to Americans. In our technology driven world, ballet and the arts have long been viewed as antiquated and boring. Therefore Americans have been left without a breath of culture and thus something had to be done. Noticing Americans’ keen curiosity with competitive reality television, Vasile Petrutiu decided to capitalize on its appeal.

All successful reality shows (“American Idol” & “Dancing with the Stars” to name a few) are based on recruiting raw talent, placing them under extreme conditions, and judging them to see who has the most ability. In the World Ballet Competition, dancers from across the globe and of the highest caliber are placed under intense scrutiny of a world renowned judging panel. In 2008, Vasile Petrutiu added unique elements to generate audience interest which include, an instantaneous computerized scoring system and live online broadcast, unheard of in other ballet competitions.

During several days of competition rounds, dancers fight to make it through to the final round where the winners are then rewarded with cash prizes, scholarships, job offers, and international recognition. Audiences are thrilled by not only their outstanding dance capabilities, but also by seeing competitors with raw talent become international stars.

The highlight of the World Ballet Competition is its concluding All Stars of Dance (previously named Gala of the Stars) performance. With standing ovations after nearly every performer, this one of a kind show is not to be missed. The inaugural All Stars of Dance included world renowned dancer artists, Sascha Radetsky of American Ballet Theatre (and star of the major motion picture “Center Stage”), Israel Rodriguez of Orlando Ballet, Rasta Thomas, Larissa Ponomarenko and James Whiteside of Boston Ballet, Valentina Kozlova, Robbie Nicholson, and AntiGravity. The 2008 All Stars of Dance featured dance artists from San Francisco Ballet, Urban Ballet Theater, Complexions, Miami City Ballet, Corella Ballet of Spain, Carolina Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Momix, Boston Ballet, and Agape from Mexico.

As the WBC is a great balance of both outstanding artistic merit and dramatic intensity it keeps audiences entertained and wanting more. In just three years, the World Ballet Competition has generated enthusiastic acclaim from countries far and wide, and has helped bring ballet into the 21st century. In 2007, the United Arts of Central Florida honored the inaugural WBC with an “Excellence in Arts” Award. Terpischore Entertainment covered the entire competition with a film crew for a three part documentary to be broadcast on the arts and entertainment cable channels in the USA and abroad. In 2008, the World Ballet Competition became the first ballet competition to be entirely broadcast live on the internet (with over 148,000 viewers watching and chatting online daily).

The third World Ballet Competition held in June of 2009, hosted over 80 pre-qualified competitors from all over the world coming to Orlando to compete for cash prizes and scholarships totaling over $100,000 in this unique competition which culminated in a star-studded Gala of the Stars performance. The 2009 All Stars of Dance featured 20 leading principal dancers including featured ballerina, Maria Kochetkova, winner of NBC’s “Superstars of Dance” among world renowned artists from New York City Ballet, Ailey II, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Complexions, Miami City Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Transylvania Virtuoso.

In 2010, two new annual events were added to complement the competition, the Master Class Workshop and International Job Fair. The International Job Fair gave pre-selected dancers the opportunity to audition in one place and one time for contracts in the upcoming dance season from companies worldwide. Company and school directors/recruiters attended at the theater or watched via the live internet broadcast. Job offers have been given from top dance companies including Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Washington Ballet, Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, and Orlando Ballet among others.

In 2011, the World Ballet Competition reached capacity of 120 individual competitors (among pas de deux and ensemble competitors) for the first time. The concluding "All Stars of Dance" was labeled a "Top Event" by the Orlando Sentinel. The 2011 All Stars of Dance featured audience favorites: Daniel Ulbricht of New York City Ballet, Momix, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Boston Ballet principal dancers Larissa Ponomarenko, Lia Cirio and Misa Kuranaga as well as soloist Jeffrey Cirio, and Paul Craig among winners of the 2011 World Ballet Competition. The one-night only performance thrilled audience-goers who gave standing ovations after nearly every performer.

In April of 2012, the World Ballet Competition made the exciting announcement of its new regional competition named "WBC OPEN" to be hosted in popular cities worldwide. The first WBC OPEN was held in Sibiu, Romania from July 6-9, 2012 and hosted three more times from 2013-2015. The WBC OPEN opens the door for more dancers to participate with a change in rules and regulations and will enable dancers to now compete "in their own backyard".

After ten wildly successful years, the international dance community is continuing to buzz with excitement about this enthralling event. The World Ballet Competition is unlike any other dance competition in the world and has become a surprising treat for the Central Florida area. As the World Ballet Competition continues to grow, it remains an exceptional alternative to culturally inspire our city, our state, and our country.

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The World Ballet Competition (WBC) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) 3 organization whose sole purpose is to promote talent and fairness.

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