INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION, VARNA
The International Ballet Competition, Varna was established in 1964. Its first edition was held from July 2 to 13 at the Open-Air Theatre in Varna—the biggest sea resort of Bulgaria. It is the first professional international ballet competition in the world. In Bulgaria a remarkable creative atmosphere and a perfect organization have been established. One can speak of “the spirit of Varna” with respect to ballet on an international scale. In complexity and scope, the competition’s requirements exceed, in some cases several times over, those of similar events in other countries. Dancers must perform three works of classical choreography and two contemporary works. This optimum balance allows dancers to display the full range of their creative and technical abilities.