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WBC USA Regulations

The World Ballet Competition USA – (WBC USA) - is geared towards professionally oriented dancers and is open to Individuals or Ensembles of all nationalities; granted that they comply with all rules and regulations of the World Ballet Competition.

In order to maintain the quality and prestige of the competition, each competitor is screened via video audition prior to being accepted to compete in the finals of the World Ballet Competition.

For more information on the required Video Audition CLICK HERE.

Competition Divisions: There are two divisions, Individual and Group. Competitors may enter into each division.

For Competition Round requirements and the Repertoire List, click on your category below.

Individual Division:
Introductory Category (Ages 9-11)
Preparatory Category (Ages 12-13)
Pre-Professional Category (Ages 14-16)
Professional Category (Ages 17-24)

Group Division:
Ensemble Category (Ages 9-24)

Competitor Age: Age for each category is determined as of April 1st of the competition year (Example: Birthday March 21, 1996 will be 23 as of April 1st, 2019 therefore will apply to the Professional Category).

Repertoire List: The competitor’s performance consists of Classical Ballet Solos (selected from the WBC Repertoire List), and Contemporary pieces (free choice) choreographed within 5 years from the competition date. Contemporary refers to Neoclassical, Modern, Lyrical and/or Jazz styles. Failure to do so will result in a scoring penalty OR disqualification from the competition; depending upon the decision of the WBC Judging Panel.

The Repertoire List can be found on the Competition Category page.

Competition Rounds: All competitors will compete in at least one eliminating round of competition. Competitors with the highest scores will advance to next round (if applicable) and will be eligible to win cash awards and/or other prizes.
* Introductory & Ensemble Categories have only one round of competition.
* Preparatory Category has 2 eliminating rounds.
* Pre-Professional & Professional Categories have 3 eliminating rounds.

The number of competitors advancing to Rounds II and III is determined by the Jury Panel.

Competition Audience/Online Broadcast: All competition rounds are open to the public and broadcast via the internet.

Click here to watch the live broadcast: http://livestream.com/worldballetcompetition

Judging: Competitors will be judged by a seven member, international jury panel elected by the WBC Organizing Committee. Competitors will be judged twice by each jury member – 1st score for technical merit and 2nd for the artistic interpretation. The lowest and the highest scores of both technical merit and artistic interpretation will be dropped and the remaining five scores will be averaged. For the Ensemble Category judging will be based on synchronization/execution and artistry.

Time Limit: A competitor who surpasses the required time limit will receive a scoring penalty OR disqualification from the competition; depending upon the decision of the WBC Judging Panel.

Individual Solos: Time limit of 2:30 minutes

Ensemble: Time limit of 4:00 minutes (2 - 7 dancers) or 6:00 minutes (8 - 30 dancers)

Performance Order: Competitors will perform in ascending order in 1st and 3rd rounds (if applicable) and in descending order in the 2nd round. Competitor numbers are chosen at random electronically.

Publicity & Participation: Accepted competitors must ensure that they have the choreography and music rights to perform the contemporary pieces. Featured Performers in Special Events - Besides the “All Stars” performance, other events may be scheduled throughout the Orlando area during the competition. Participants performing in any special events must agree to waive all fees and royalties. Performers featured in any events will be selected by the Jury panel. Any competitor may be selected to perform, regardless of scores.

Prizes & Awards: Medals, cash, scholarships, titles, diplomas and other prizes will be awarded to all Competition Categories. Only one prize of $10,000 (Grand Prix) will be awarded to an outstanding Male, Female, or Group (Contingent upon a Jury decision). A Grand Prix recipient will be retired from all awards with WBC future competitions.

* Introductory & Preparatory Category: Competitors with the highest accumulated score will be eligible to win awards and/or other prizes.
* Ensemble, Pre-Professional & Professional Categories: Competitors with the highest accumulated score will be eligible to win the Grand Prix and the other cash awards.
* Choreography Award: To be eligible for this award, competitors must submit the Choreography Registration Form. Only Contemporary pieces are eligible to enter for this award. Choreography that has been previously awarded will not be considered for the Choreographer’s Award.

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