… I International ballet competition in Moscow is a cultural manifestation, which is going to have a very serious influence on the evolution of the world modern ballet.
Serge Lifar, France
Ballet is not a sport, the combination of ballet movements should be expressive, meaningful, magical. Bazil and Jose should have the same brilliant technique, but by no means – the same expression.
Ben Stevenson, USA
… the competition once again convinced us that the classics remains the cornerstone of the choreography.
Galina Ulanova, USSR
Председатель жюри Первого конкурса, 1969 год
I have been dreaming about the meeting of dancers of the world. And finally my dreams came true – in Moscow, in such unbelievable extent in the amount of countries and contestants!
Serge Lifar, France
... This is a great event and I am confident that even the performance on the most famous stages in the world will be a precious memory for all who participate in the competition, regardless of whether they will be among the first or not.
Arnold Haskell, UK
At the International competition in Moscow I have seen a lot of what is really interesting, which I woul never see anywhere else. I love the art of classical dance and will never lay its precious heritage aside. But every time the epoch brings out something fresh, new. And you do not have to make the choice of “either…or” in art. That is fine which is perfect. This is life itself.
Agnes De Mille, USA
To affirm the basis of classical dance, constantly renewing it, enriching it with new lexis, new themes, new genres – that is what our common task is, that is what should reveal itself most brightly at the Competition.
Igor Moiseev, USSR
Председатель организационного комитета Первого международного конкурса, 1969 год
Our Competition, giving a very difficult program, thus stimulates the progress of ballet.
Yuri Grigorovich, Russia
The alarming tendency is that the contestants very often change the chorographical “texts”. This arises a strongest protest in me – I do not want to see the well-known choreography of a ballet masterpiece to be filled up with various “additions” which destroy its style and logic…Distortion of choreographer’s original texts is caused by the technical difficulties which make it hard to perform for the contestants. Then they make a “light version”. The situation is very irritating and requires certain amendments in the competition Regulations.
Charles Jude, France
To success at the competition you need to have a great deal of personality, the strength… You need to be able to show that you love ballet and to perform even better than you actually can.
Loipa Araujo, Cuba
Since the very first competition in 1969 many things have changed. And if at that time the difference between the countries with long-standing traditions of classical dance and the counties which did not have any was very big, in the following years this gap has faded away. The popularity of ballet has grown up all around the world. And all the better, as I think it has become difficult to demonstrate you mastery, skills, - the professional requirements have been leveled up!
Olga Lepeshinskaya, USSR
Председатель организационного комитета II, III, IV, V, VI конкурсов
This contest is so good because it directs young artists at the main thing: the ability to develop the artistic view of the world, the quality, without which spiritual acquisition, comprehension of what has been accumulated by the art of choreography over the years.
Yvette Chauvire , France
And what I would consider to be the most important – the Competition allows us to see that it is the individual style that is most valued in art
Alicia Alonso, Cuba
In this competition I saw a lot of talented young people, many amazing surprises... featuring himself, his work, each participant thus represented his country, the level of its culture. We all were interested to see what is happening in the world in the field of dance, what's new and significant.
Arnold Haskell, UK
… the Competition has brought up to the surface a rather disturbing problem - the academic classical dance has begun to give ground … One of the rules of the Moscow Competition is that the choreography should respond not only to the announcement, but to the content of what is being performed- all that is not that always demonstrated by the contestants.
Nina Semizorova, Russia

Yuri Nikolaevich Grigorovich

Юрий Григорович

Grigorovich has been heading the juries of numerous international competitions in classical ballet. After the death of his wife, the great ballerina Natalia Bessmertnova, on February 19, 2008, he has been offered the opportunity to return to the Bolshoi again in the capacity of ballet master and choreographer.


About the competition

Moscow International Ballet Competition has become a tradition, an integral and prolific aspect of the world ballet community. Founded in 1969 it quickly attained professional  prestige as well as a reputation of a  serious platform for young dancers. The magic of the Bolshoi Theatre  has always attracted young dancers from all over the world, and success on its famous stage meant  wonderful future possibilities.