IBC Varna 2016

27th International Ballet Competition – Varna, 15-30 July 2016
International  Summer Ballet Academy – Varna,15-30 July 2016

27th International Ballet Competition Varna 2016 announced the prize-winners

Gold Medals were won by Amanda Gomes, Brasil and Paul Marque, France

The programme of the 27th International Ballet Competition Varna 2016 has come to an end. Out of the 155 competitors from 35 countries, there were 25 finalists. The international jury, presided by prof. Vladimir Vassiliev, announced the prize-winners at a press-conference today. Tomorrow night the audience will see them  for the first time, dancing as laureates on the legendary stage of the Varna Open-Air  theatre.

Prof. Vladimir Vassiliev, president of the jury, addresssed the participants with the following words: “All of us, who have been at the competition before, are of the opinion that this edition is much, much stronger and more competitive than the previous one. A huge number of remarkable dancers appeared in Varna and, out of them, we had to pick the best. That is why it was not easy to come up with a decision’’.

The Varna Grand Prix is not being awarded.

Gold medals in Group A – Seniors:

Women: the first prize, Gold Medal, Diploma and the title “Laureate of the 27th International Ballet Competition Varna 2016” was won by Amanda Gomes, Brasil.

Men: the first prize, Gold Medal, Diploma and the title “Laureate of the 27th International Ballet Competition Varna 2016” was won by Paul Marque, France.

The list of the laureates of the 27th International Ballet Competition Varna 2016 is in the attachment.



Photos of the finalists from Varna 2016:

Finalists Varna 2016.rar

Photographer Viktor Viktorov

Amanda Gomes

Paul Marque (2)



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- ROUND I from 15.07.2016 up to 19.07.2016 at 20:30 local time.
- ROUND II from 21.07.2016 up to 24.07.2016 at 21:00 local time.
- ROUND III on 26 and 27.07.2016 at 21:00 local time.
- AWARDS AND GALA CONCERT OF THE LAUREATES on 29.07.2016 at 20:30 local time.
- SUPER GALA CONCERT “WHERE GENERATIONS MEET” on 30.07.2016 at 21:00 local time.

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We are pleased to announce, the great VLADIMIR VASILIEV has accepted to be the jury president of the 2016 VARNA IBC! A

legendary dancer of the XX century, named by critics and ballet lovers God of Dance. Since more than a half century, he still is the only holder of the “THE VARNA GRAND PRIX”




“For me Varna International Ballet Competition is like the first love. Notwithstanding the multitude of other existing competitions for me it is the unique and only one. First and foremost because it was the first in the world and the drawing of lots assigned to me the winning number 13 and I had the luck to get the Grand Prix. And finally, the most important thing – at this very Competition I have found friends, talented and unique, whose love has been with me throughout my life. 50 years have passed and I am happy that at this year’s jubilee we can again see those who have become pride for ballet all over the world, and that I will again have the opportunity to relive the joy of meeting with the wonderful art of dance.”