For three exciting weeks, dancers from around the world, along with students and teachers, company directors and ballet patrons converge in Fresno to compete for prizes, study with master teachers, offered company contracts and enjoy some of the world’s best dance performances.
The AOIBC is a two-week “Olympic style” competition where tomorrow’s ballet stars vie for gold, silver and bronze medals, cash awards, scholarships and jobs. It can be a stepping stone to a dancer’s career. The audience is filled with company directors interested in hiring dancers, and for this reason, many dancers leave with contracts. This is possibly the grandest prize of all.
The AOIBC Classes, held in conjunction with the AO International Ballet Competition, provides an opportunity for intermediate and advanced level students to study with some of the world’s leading teachers and to attend exciting performances of the AO International Ballet Competition. A two-week session is offered for students ages 12 and up in intermediate and advanced levels who have had a minimum of four consecutive years of ballet training.