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    Universal Ballet Competition, the only ballet competition to connect intermediate and advanced students to international training, scholarships, and professional opportunities, will host an international Nutcracker competition that will culminate with a full length virtual production featuring selected studios and dancers from all over the world, October 19- December 19.

    For audiences, The Nutcracker has become a family tradition that ushers in the holiday season. For dancers of all ages, it has become a rite of passage, giving young children their very first taste of performing, and older dancers, their chance to move through the ballet hierarchy year after year. While theaters remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and sugar plum fairies everywhere sidelined from season cancellations, the Universal Ballet Competition is committed to keeping the magic of the season alive. Calling for studios and dancers everywhere to submit footage of scenes and divertissements from the celebrated and beloved ballet, a panel of esteemed judges will select their favorites, and present them as a cohesive and virtual production to stream on December 19. The call for submissions will be open from October 19- November 29, with each submission spotlighted online December 12 and 13, in Act 1 and 2, respectively. The company will announce the judges’ top 3 submissions per scene on December 14, culminating in an edited full collaborative virtual performance to stream on December 19. The competition is open to all ages and all levels. The winning studios that are selected to participate in the Virtual Nutcracker Competition performance will have their studio name announced to showcase their studio during the final production on December 19.

    “As schools and ballet companies continue to cancel their Nutcracker performances for the 2020 season, we knew we had to do something to keep this important tradition alive for dancers,” explains Lisette Salgado-Lucas, Co-Founder of UBC. “Whether dancers choose to learn a new solo or ensemble piece with their studio for submission, or provide footage from a previous production, this is the best and safest way to connect dancers, teachers, choreographers and audiences together to celebrate this beloved ballet during a year that could use a little extra holiday cheer,” adds Co-Founder David Lucas.

    Guest judges who will help to curate the final production will look at technique, choreography, performance quality, staging, costuming and innovation. While entries can be submitted via video of rehearsal or performance in any setting, performances in full make up and costumes are encouraged.

    The NUTCRACKER COMPETITION SCHEDULE
    October 19- November 29, Submission period for production consideration
    December 12, 3:00 p.m., Stream of Act 1 submissions with live scoring
    December 13, 3:00 p.m., Stream of Act 2 submissions with live scoring
    December 14, 1:00 p.m., Top 3 entries for each scene announced and streamed
    December 19, 2:00 p.m., Stream of full performance of The Virtual Performance

    COMPETITION INFORMATION
    Video submissions will be accepted from October 18- November 27 for dancers of all ages.
    Each entry is $45, and multiple entry pricing is available.
    To submit an entry, visit https://www.universalballetcompetition.com

    There is no fee to watch the stream of The Virtual Nutcracker and can be viewed at https://www.universalballetcompetition.com

    The Virtual Nutcracker is sponsored by So Danca and Veritas Farms.

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