Universal Ballet Competition (UBC) is a premier student ballet competition, which has expanded into five major metropolitan cities in the US due to its growing popularity among dancers, studio directors, and the ballet community. Founding members, Lissette Salgado and David Lucas, former principal ballet dancers at the Royal Winnipeg, have illustrious careers. Their combined list of professional contacts allows them the privilege to recruit globally renowned dancers, company directors, and ballet school directors to judge, mentor, and teach the master classes during each UBC competition. Since its first season, UBC has hosted and mentored more than 10,000 dancers and awarded over 3 million dollars in scholarships.
As innovators, UBC was the first ballet competition to hold online auditions bridging the gap between talented college-level students and recruitment opportunities. This online platform allowed colleges, university, and professional school directors to observe a class during the competition and award scholarships to dancers that met their criteria for acceptance into their programs. More than 20 dancers received scholarships from top universities and dance schools.
Because the technology was already in place, UBC quickly addressed the challenges studios and dancers had to attend the live classes and created a series of interactive workshops. These workshops were live and truly interactive classes where the dancers taking classes got one-on-one critiques and a Q & A session from professional dancers like Francesca Hayward, Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside and Cesar Corrales.
UBC had the insight and quickly pivoted to hold the first-ever virtual ballet competition in February 2020. Dancers from across the globe registered to be a part of the virtual version of UBC, and because of its success, UBC will return with a Fall series of the Virtual Competition.
Registration is now open for our upcoming competitions and our Fall Series Virtual competition in October 2020, with the continued commitment to reaching global talent, recruitment, and scholarship opportunities. UBC will remain live and virtual for all competitions for the foreseeable future and continue to offer interactive masterclasses to deliver a one-of-a-kind, well-organized competition through our live virtual platform.
Universal Ballet Competition's aims to connect exceptionally talented dancers of all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds with quality dance education, opportunities, and professional careers worldwide.
WHAT IS UNIVERSAL BALLET COMPETITION?
Universal Ballet Competition (UBC) is South Florida’s premier student ballet competition. UBC is hosted annually by its sister company, Shake the Ground, in South Florida, an advantageous location due to its diverse population, support of the cultural arts, and attraction to tourists worldwide.
Universal Ballet Competition (UBC) was created in response to the overwhelming requests for a ballet competition to be held in South Florida. Two of UBC’s founding members, Lissette Salgado and David Lucas, are former Principal ballet dancers with extensive and impressive careers. Their combined list of professional contacts allows them the privilege and honor to hail principal dancers, company directors, and ballet school directors from all over the country to form the judge’s panel, mentor, and teach the intensive workshops. For the most talented dancers, judges extend scholarships to their renowned summer intensive and year-round programs and/or offer professional contracts. It is through this platform that UBC delivers a well-organized, non-biased, professionally run competition.
Universal Ballet Competition’s (UBC) vision is to be recognized as the nation’s premier ballet competition bridging exceptionally talented dancers of all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds with quality dance education, opportunities in dance, and professional careers.