The panel of judges is confirmed by the Organizing Committee of the competition and will be announced on the Opening day on the 10th of June 2013.

Юрий Григорович


Президент Международного союза деятелей хореографии, Президент Международной федерации балетных конкурсов главный балетмейстер Большого театра России Народный артист СССР, академик

Марина Леонова


Ректор Московской государственной академии хореографии, Народная артистка России, профессор

Uliana Lopatkina


Prima ballerina of the Mariinsky theatre, People’s Artist of Russia

Tursynbek Nurkaliev


Chief choreographer of the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Astana, Honoured Artist of Kazakhstan

Kumiko Ochi


Artistic director of the ballet company «International Ochi ballet» named after A. Pavlova - V. Nijinsky in Nagoya

Margherita Parrilla


Rector of the National Dance Academy of Rome

Vadim Pisarev


Artistic director of the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Solovyanenko, People’s Artist of the Ukraine

Ludmila Semenyaka


Teacher-tutor of the Bolshoi theater, People’s Artist of the USSR

Vadim Solomakha


Principal dancer of «San Francisco Ballet»

Meriç Sümen Kanan


Teacher-tutor, People’s Artist of Turkey

Ruheng Zhao


Chairman of the Union of choreographers of China, People’s Artist of China

Choi Tae Ji

Republic of Korea

Artistic director of the National Ballet company of Korea

Valentin Elizariev


Choreographer, professor, People’s Artist of the USSR

Sergey Usanov


Executive secretary of the Jury General Director of the International Federation of Ballet Competitions, First Vice-president of the International Choreography Union, Honoured Artist of the Russia

Ясен Валчанов


Премьер, художественный руководитель Национального театра Оперы и балета Софии (1993-2000), педагог-репетитор

Шарль Жюд


Художественный руководитель балета Национального театра оперы г.Бордо

Светлана Захарова


Прима-балерина Большого театра России, Народная артистка России

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 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

... 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

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

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

Our Competition, giving a very difficult program, thus stimulates the progress of ballet.

Yuri Grigorovich, Russia
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
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
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
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