ROUND ONE USA-IBC
Since Sunday we have seen an amazing first round of the USA International Ballet Competition. The talent level this time around is truly amazing. I don’t envy the tough task awaiting the Judges tonight.
Round One is actually a bit of a misnomer. For Round One last 4 days with 8 sessions or performances. During these sessions we have seen 100 competitors performing either 2 classical solos or 1 pas de deux each.
The competitors are divided into Junior and Senior Divisions. I think it’s safe to say that we saw at least 30 Don Qs, 25 Flames of Paris, 20 Paquitas, 15 Coppelias, 10 Giselles, 5 Esmereldas and a partridge in a pear tree.
So tonight as the last session ends the Judges will be sequestered away in their jury room to decide who moves to the next round.
Then tomorrow myself and the other evaluator (Gizella Witkowsky) go to work. It is our responsibility to offer private sessions with Competitors to discuss Jury scores and provide guidance on the dancer’s strengths and weaknesses. During the first round Gizella and I have also been taking our own notes on each competitor’s performance to help enhance the positive side of these sessions. As our Mistress of Ceremonies, Evelyn Hart so elegantly put it, “Dancers never stop learning”
More to come, I have a great story about 5 judges trapped in an elevator. But that can wait…
T B M