Dirk Badenhorst to judge International Ballet Competition in China
SA BALLET ENTREPRENEUR DIRK BADENHORST BECOMES THE FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN TO JUDGE AN INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION IN CHINA
Dirk Badenhorst, CEO of the Cape Town International Ballet Competition, has accepted an invitation to serve as a judge at the Beijing International Ballet Competition in China in July. This will be the first time a South African has been a judge at a Chinese international ballet competition.
Dirk Badenhorst joins a distinguished line-up of international ballet personalities who will gather in the Chinese city to assess dancers from around the world as they compete for medals and monetary prizes.
Among the judges announced for the Beijing competition are luminaries such as former ballet stars Angel Corella, Julio Bocca and Thomas Edur and company directors such as Brigitte Lefevre of the Paris Opera Ballet, Lin Wei-Min of the Cloud Gate Dance Company of Taiwan and Ivan Liska of the Munich Ballet.
While in Beijing, Mr. Badenhorst plans to takes the opportunity to appoint judges for the fourth Cape Town International Ballet Competition, of which he is the founder and CEO, taking place in February 2014. Most of the judges for the 2014 CTIBC have already been named but a couple of appointments will only be finalized after Mr. Badenhorst’s visit to Beijing. The CTIBC is the only international ballet competition held on the African continent.
As with most international ballet competitions, judges for Beijing have been encouraged to facilitate participation of competitors from their respective countries. SA dancer Shana Dewey and SA-based Cuban intercultural exchange student Ramiro Samon will compete in the Beijing International Ballet Competition.
Dirk Badenhorst leaves for Beijing immediately following the International Ballet Gala in Honour of Alicia Alonso being presented by him at the Teatro at Montecasino from 28 to 30 June.
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