Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC), is a presentation of the Valentina Kozlova Dance Foundation, Inc. (VKDF) a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dance organization. Currently we are underway to bring you the 9th edition of this event. The VKIBC New York City Finals 2019 will be held next March 18th - 23rd.

In the 2016-2017 season, we hosted two regional or semi-final competitions: Sao Paulo, Brazil and St. Petersburg, Russia.
In the 2018-2019 season, we are hosting two regional or semi-final competitions: Sao Paulo, Brazil and Mexico City, Mexico.

In 2011, Valentina Kozlova created the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC). Since its inception, nearly 1,000 young dancers, hailing from 30 countries have participated. The competition does not stress monetary prizes to medal winners, but instead, concentrates on career oriented rewards, such as company contracts and trainee scholarships to prestigious international schools.

Prizes are also awarded to non-medal winners who show special qualities in artistry, musicality and interpretation rather than purely technique. Competitors have been awarded prizes of guest appearances at the Kremlin in Moscow, Paris, London, Seoul, Riga and other major world capitals. On occasion, exceptionally talented young dancers have been offered VKIBC sponsorships, which allow them the possibility to compete free of any charge. One of the most important aspects of the competition is that it allows the judges, all directors of renowned international dance companies and schools, to see these young dancers perform.

Upcoming Event!

In collaboration with the Valentina Kozlova Dance Foundation, the K'Arts Dance Company of South Korea will be performing "The Song of the Mermaid" at the New York City Center this Oct 20-21, 2018! This production will be featuring Kimin Kim, principal dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet, who will be partnering internationally awarded dancers, Soobin Lee (USAIBC Silver Medal 2018; Varna Grand Prix 2014) and Seonmee Park (YAGP Gold Medal 2018; Moscow IBC Gold Medal 2017) in the title role. For tickets, follow the button below.

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  • American Dream (Orpheum Theater, Tannersville, NY, March 19-20, 2018) lecture demo in association with the Catskill Mountain Foundation
  • VKIBC NYC Finals, 2018 (Symphony Space, March 25-30, 2018)
  • VKDCNY Spring Gala 2018 (Manhattan Movement, June 10th, 2018)