Tutu.com held a costume design competition called Project Tutu, a fashion show, and silent auction at the 2018 USA International Ballet Competition! The contest is inspired by the hit show Project Runway. Designers come from all over the United States and Canada to participate.
First, the competition gave 11 costume designers two and a half days to create one of a kind Tutus with only three materials! All of the materials were provided by the ballet costume shop and online retailer Tutu.com. The designers, worked late into the night trying to create something that normally takes weeks to create- not only were they making tutus but also a matching headpiece! The winner of the competition was Samantha Austin, she was awarded $1,000. (Fun fact- Samantha Austin is a former dancer with Ballet Tucson!)
After the competition, the tutus were worn by USA IBC participants and Dance School Students and modeled in a fashion show. Finally they were auctioned off and all proceeds went to create funds for the Tutu.com Scholarship Fund which was awarded to USA IBC competitor and Washington Ballet dancer, Alexa Torres (Dominican Republic) during the awards gala ceremony.
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Tutu.Com was founded in 1994 and has grown over the years to house a ballet costume shop; “TutuSchools”, their international costuming seminars; and a retail division selling costuming books and patterns, as well as all of the fabrics, notions, and appliqués needed to make your own beautiful costumes. Tutu.Com is your source for net, tulle and specialty fabrics, by the yard or by the bolt!
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Medalist for the 2014 USA IBC Front row left to right: Ivan Duarte. Jinsol Eum, Taiyu He, Jeong Hansol, Byul Yun. Back row left to right: Paulina Guraieb Abella, Yasmin Lomondo, Gustavo Carvalho, Yui Shi, Aaron Smyth, Tamako Miyazaki, Gisele Bethea, Irina Sapozhnikova, Mackenzie Richter, Shiori Kase, Ga-Yeon Jung. Photo USA IBC / Wikipedia ©
Much like the Olympics, the USA IBC is only upon us every 4 years. The USA leg of this prestigious event is held in Jackson, MS (June 10-23) and past competitors include Daniil Simkin, José Manuel Carreno, Nina Ananiashvili, Vladimir Malakhov, Irina Dvorovenko, Misa Kuranaga, Li Cunxin (Mao's Last Dancer), Sarah Lamb and Gisele Bethea. Other locations include Varna and Moscow. A dance school is held concurrently with the USA IBC and students can attend class with world class instructors during the day and attend the competition each night. Students from the dance school may also be observed for dance program scholarships.
“The USA IBC showcases artistic excellence and provides a platform for dancers to test their skills against the highest international standards,” said Mona Nicholas, USA IBC executive director. “We anticipate a thrilling competition that will be life-changing for participants and exciting for audiences. Jackson is respected as a prestigious competition that launches dance careers.”
Applicants must submit a resume and a video. Competitors receive a list of classical variations from which they choose their competition performances. This year dancers will also bring prepared contemporary pieces for Round 2 and 3 if they move past Round 1. There are 13 jurors and no country is allowed more than 1 jury member. Dancers are scored on artistry, musicality and technique.
The Opening Ceremony will begin with a Parade of Nations. USA IBC XI Competitors from 19 nations will be introduced. The event will honor the legacy of Robert Joffrey (co-founder) along with Gerald Arpino of the Joffrey Ballet, and jury chair for the first 3 USA IBC competitions. The ceremony will also feature dancers of the Joffrey Ballet and The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (sponsored by Ambassador John M. Palmer).
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