Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC), is a presentation of the Valentina Kozlova Dance Foundation, Inc. (VKDF) a 501(c)3 not-for-profit dance organization.
In 2011, Valentina Kozlova created the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC). Since VKIBC’s inception, nearly 1,000 young dancers, hailing from 30 countries have participated. The competition does not stress monetary prizes but, instead, concentrates on career oriented rewards, such as company contracts and scholarships to prestigious international schools. Prizes from countries that include the USA, Russia, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Romania, Cuba and Latvia have been offered to dance students from around the world.
Prizes are also awarded to non-medal winners who show special qualities in artistry, musicality and interpretation rather than just technique. Competitors have been awarded prizes allowing them to appear at the Kremlin in Moscow, in Paris, London, Seoul, Riga and other major world capitals. On occasion, exceptionally talented young dancers have been offered VKIBC sponsorships, which allow them the possibility to compete free of any charge. One of the most important aspects of the competition is that it allows the judges, all directors of international dance companies and schools, to see these young dancers.
The VKIBC NYC Finals, 2016 is dedicated to VIOLETTE VERDY, a wonderful human being as well as an early mentor of VKIBC and Valentina Kozlova, a judge in VKIBC's first edition and later a competition honorary chairman.
VKIBC is a member of Unesco's International Dance Council CID.