The End of the NYIBC

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Gillian Murphy, a competitor in the 1996 edition of NYIBC. Photo by Matthew Karas for Dance Magazine.

Today it was announced that the New York International Ballet Competition has closed its doors. Though it’s a loss for the dance community worldwide, since the competition attracted promising ballet dancers, ages 17 to 24, from Egypt, Ecuador, Greece and many other countries, it doesn’t come as a complete shock. Just last January, NYIBC cancelled the 2013 edition of the competition, and today’s announcement alluded to financial troubles.


During its 30-year run, the competition helped jumpstart the careers of nearly 500 dancers, including ABT’s Gillian Murphy, The Royal’s Sarah Lamb, Boston Ballet’s Kathleen Breen Combes and Paris Opéra’s Ludmila Pagliero. In honor of the end of NYIBC’s era, we salute its star-studded alums, many of whom have graced the covers and pages of Dance Magazine.