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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


The Cape Town International Ballet Competition has been renamed and a new competitor category is also announced.

The fourth South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC), supported by the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund, takes place at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, from February 17 to 23, 2014.

Formerly known as the Cape Town International Ballet Competition (CTIBC) it is the only event of its kind on the African continent and attracts top dancers from SA and the World.

Dirk Badenhorst, founder and CEO of the competition which has taken place in Cape Town every second year since 2008, has announced that in view of the City of Cape Town’s decision to terminate its funding of the competition, the competition will no longer carry the City’s name. Consequently, the competition will revert to its original 2008 name of the South African International Ballet Competition.

Since the inaugural SAIBC in 2008, the competition has been hailed by dance enthusiasts as one of the most exciting happenings on the South African dance calendar. It is a tremendous success on a number of levels, attracting top dancers from South Africa and around the world to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals and substantial monetary prizes.

In unveiling details of SAIBC 2014, Dirk Badenhorst has also announced the addition of a third age division for competitors. The new category, Scholar, will be open to dancers aged 12 to 15 years. Other categories are Junior (16 to 20 years) and Senior (21 to 28 years). This year participants include dancers from Switzerland, Cuba, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, China and the biggest number of South African entrants. The prize money totals R340,000.

In line with the earlier competitions, a distinguished panel of judges from around the world has been assembled for SAIBC 2014.

The Elimination Rounds take place February 18 to 20 at 18h00 with the Finals on February 21 at 19h30. The Awards evening where the top five dancers in each category will compete for gold, silver and bronze medal placement and monetary prizes, takes place on February 22 at 19h30. The Gala performances on February 23 at 15h00 and 19h30 will showcase the competition winners, the Young Korean Ballet Stars from South Korea and top dancers from the National Ballet School of Cuba.

Tickets R60 for the Elimination Rounds and from R150 to R350 for the Finals, Awards and Gala evenings, via Computicket or 0861 915 8000.

The closing date for entries for the South African International Ballet Competition is January 13, 2014. For the application, rules and regulations, queries should be addressed to Dirk Badenhorst or 083 324 0949. The daily event breakdown can be found on