St. Petersburg
International Ballet Award DANCE OPEN


In our 15th Anniversary Season we revived the traditional DANCE OPEN Ballet Award that was interrupted last year. St. Petersburg International Ballet Award DANCE OPEN was created to celebrate the highest personal achievements of ballet dancers – a combination of virtuoso technique and artistry, regardless of styles, genres and trends of performances.

Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg International Ballet Award DANCE OPEN annually names nominees who then participate in the DANCE OPEN Gala of Ballet Stars.

All nominees are international ballet stars at the top of their careers, therefore the competition between the stars is always so exciting and breathtaking: it does not matter who wins, because the audience receives the most valuable gift - an opportunity to see an unforgettable show.

The key principals of the Award and the Jury are objectivity, impartiality and uncompromising attitude. Only fair and competent evaluation could give powerful impulse to creative growth. That is why every year new people are invited to be the members of the Jury. The International Jury consists of the most influential people of ballet world – choreographers, heads of the major ballet companies and schools, ballet legends.

The names of the judges for the upcoming season will be announced a bit later, but let us assure you that we are holding prior consents from some of the most prominent figures of the ballet world.

The Jury secretly votes for the award candidates after the concert. The audience also gets a chance to take part in the process of voting by dropping their tickets into special ballot boxes after the Gala ends. Audience Choice Award is always one of the most intriguing nominations.

All the winners are awarded with a unique prize – a crystal replica of the bronze cast of the great ballerina Anna Pavlova’s foot, which was created in 1913 by the sculptor B.O. Fredman-Klyuzel. The prototype of the Award is kept at the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music. The DANCE OPEN Team is very proud of the fact that these exquisite crystal “feet” have already become a desired and well-known symbol of the ballet art at the highest level.