Universal Ballet Competition

About Universal Ballet Competition

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.

Lissette Lucas