The Twelfth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
November 15, 2016
by Denise Sum
Copyright © by Denise Sum 2016
The Erik Bruhn Prize is a highlight of the Toronto dance calendar. The international competition has been held every one to four years since 1988. Bruhn created the prize to be awarded to one male and one female dancer between the ages of 18 and 23 who, in Bruhn's words, “reflect such technical ability, artistic achievement and dedication as I endeavored to bring to dance.” Dancers perform a classical pas de deux and a contemporary work and are judged individually. In 2009, a choreographic prize was added. This year, the competition was hosted by National Ballet of Canada principal dancer Jillian Vanstone.
Photo: Angelo Greco and Natasha Sheehan of San Francisco Ballet. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.