The fifth South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) will take place from 23 to 28 February 2016, at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town. The closing date for entries is 1 February 2016. The City of Cape Town will be the major sponsor of the event.

SABallet_1In announcing the City’s sponsorship, Dirk Badenhorst, The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the prestigious SAIBC, said the sponsorship is central to the continued success of the SAIBC. He added: “The City of Cape Town’s sponsorship reflects the City’s recognition of the importance of the SAIBC as an event that plays a major role in bringing Cape Town into the spotlight of the international ballet world, attracting competitors, judges, journalists and visitors to the City.

“As Africa’s only event of its kind and as an important international ballet competition, we are proud to enjoy the support of the City of Cape Town and to showcase the city internationally. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the SAIBC as well as all associated with the competition, whether as visitors or participants, I express our gratitude to the City of Cape Town for contributing to what promises to be a very successful showcase of the best in international ballet.”

Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, says “The City of Cape Town is proud to support the South African International Ballet Competition. While ballet is a highly technical form of dance it is also an art combining grace and movement. As such it has the power to draw audiences in and provide not just entertainment, but is a window into the world of theatre, music and dance. Ballet is often the foundation of many other dance genres and the City of Cape Town is proud to support the art.”

Africa’s only international ballet competition, the SAIBC was launched in 2008 with subsequent competitions in SABallet_22010, 2012 and 2014 attracting dancers from SA and around the world to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals as well as substantial monetary prizes. The categories in which dancers compete, in both ballet and contemporary dance, are Scholars, (12 to 15 years), Junior (16 to 20 years) and Seniors (21 to 28 years).  The total prize money amounts to R400,000 and thus far the competition has attracted 71 dancers from this country, South Korea, Latvia, the USA, Mexico, Cuba and Europe, the largest group of competitors yet.

A distinguished panel of judges from SA and around the world has been assembled for SAIBC 2016, including: Julio Bocca, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, international guest artist and currently artistic director of the Ballet Nacional SODRE in Uruguay; Mi-Song Cho, director of the Korea Youth Ballet Stars; Caroline Iura, ballet mistress of the Dutch National Ballet and Junior Ballet; Valentina Kozlova, former star of the Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet, now director of the New York-based Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition; Brigitte Lefèvre, director emeritus of the Paris Opera Ballet; Oliver Matz, former principal dancer of the Ballet of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and acclaimed international guest artist, now the Director of Dance Studies and faculty member of the Zurich Dance Academy; and Elizabeth Triegaardt, former principal dancer with CAPAB Ballet, later head of the University of Cape Town School of Dance, Emeritus Professor at UCT and at present Honorary Executive Director of Cape Town City Ballet.

The closing date for entries for SAIBC 2016 is Monday 1 February 2016.  For application form, rules and regulations and other information, visit Queries may also be addressed to Dirk Badenhorst, CEO, on


Tickets are available for the elimination rounds that take place from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 February at 6pm at R65 each, for the Semi Finals on Friday 26 February at 7pm from R65 to R225 each, for the Finals on Saturday 27 February at 7pm, when the winners will be announced, at R65 to R225 each, and for the Gala that showcases the winners and guest artists from Cuba,Mexico, South Korea and Germany on Sunday 28 February at 3pm, at R90 to R300 per person, all via Computicket or 0861 915 8000 or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021-421 7695.

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