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Round I



ADC|IBC  offers a unique fusion of the historic ballet competitions such as, Varna, Prix de Lausanne, NY IBC & USA IBC, while maintaining accessibility for the pre-professional student. Our event structure is designed for the professionally driven student. We aim to educate and provide the necessary experiences and opportunities for our students to grow in knowledge and strength to enter professional companies. ADC|IBC is one of the nations leading scholarship providers of its kind, offering hundreds of scholarships and professional opportunities through our expanding network each and every year. The semi-final locations primary purpose is to provide an outlet for growth for all students at any stage in their training, while ultimately serving as a national audition tour where ADC|IBC can identify the top candidates for the St. Petersburg Finals Event.





Dancers who participate in a semi-final location will get to experience a sample of what is required of dancers in the St. Petersburg Finals. 



Round 1 - Technique Class

A full class evaluation for all Age Divisions, adjudicated by Jury(not en pointe) 



Round 2 - Prepared Classical & Contemporary Solos

Performance round evaluation of each dancers prepared solos.

In semi-final locations only, are dancers open to enter more than 1 classical & 1 contemporary solo. This process will help dancers receive feedback from the Jury and assist in fine-tuning their selections for Finals. Semi-final dancers are allowed to enter just as a classical soloist or contemporary soloist. However, if selected for Finals, all dancers are required to have both genres prepared. The variation a dancer qualifies with does NOT need to be the prepared variation performed in St. Petersburg Finals.


Panel Discussion Forum

This is a rare opportunity for the parents, teachers, and students to ask questions directly to the Jury Panel in an open discussion. This is your time to ask all those questions that have been on your mind:

What is the best pathway for your son/daughter?

Which variation should I select?
Costume advice?

Questions on summer programs?

You name it, we will talk it through with you.

Jules Mabie

Semi-Final locations are open to all interested dancers ages 9 - 21. No video or 

pre-selection required.



Pictured: Jules Mabie, now New York City Ballet Company Member



Alberto Blanco

Here's the Breakdown:


Dancers are evaluated in: Adagio, Tendu, Pirroutte/Waltz, Moderate, and/or Grande Allegro (slight changes may occur based on location's panel or master instructor.) Each Panel Member allocates a score per centre combination. Scores from all three judges are averaged together to render a single Round 1 Score.

This averaged, single Round 1 Score, for example '91', will then populate and get averaged into the participants' solos in Round 2. You will notice Round I Score at the Top of your digital score sheets. This round is NOT an elimination round; it is 1/3 of the Individuals overall score. 

Example: If you registered for Kitri variation, Odalisque variation, and contemporary solo, you will see the following data fields on your scoresheets.

Kitri Variation - Round 1 Score (91), Technical Merits (90) Artistic Merits (93)

Odalisque Variation - Round 1 Score (91), Technical Merits (92), Artistic Merits (94)

Contemporary - Round 1 Score (91), Technical Merits (93), Artistic Merits (91)


  • By operating in this manner, the Judging Panel has the ability to base their conclusions off a larger knowledge pool of each dancers' strengths and weaknesses which can't fully be evaluated from a rehearsed variation.

  • An opportunity for the Jury to become acquainted with the participants. Displayed work ethic, ability to learn quickly,  and overall impression will remain with the Jury for the subsequent round

  • It neutralizes the competition, so no individual has any sort of advantage

  • Jury gets a clear picture of talent level from the audition format.



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