Mark Your 2016 Calendars!

The American Ballet Competition
JUNE 8-11, 2016

Peery Egyptian Theater
Ogden, Utah USA

A Note of Interest
The Bournonville Workshop with the Masters
will immediately follow ABC June 12- 18, 2016


International Dance Education Arts

Dance Education & Arts.

In 2004 the Institute for Dance Education Arts (IDEA) was established by
Katherine C. Kersten and Kee Juan Han as the parent organization for its two major endeavors – The American Ballet Competition and International Dance Teacher Seminars. Both are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the art form and to supporting excellence in dance.

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The American Ballet Competition

American Ballet Competition

A Competition with a Difference.

ABC goes beyond awarding prizes to talented dance students. Our competition includes master classes, coaching sessions and showcase performances exposing students to outstanding teachers while building networks and friendships with other students for life. Preparing for performance within an established time-frame, confronting performing anxieties and addressing professional expectations are afforded each contestant. Awards include company traineeships, academic and summer scholarships offered by major dance companies and schools.

Next competition will be held
June 8-11, 2016.

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American Ballet Competition


Have your most memorable summer
dance experience ever by entering the
American Ballet Competition
June 8-11.
You can then flow directly
into the 2nd annual
Bournonville Workshop with the Masters
June 12-18!
The Workshop, presented by Imagine Ballet Theatre, will be led by the dance world’s eminent Bournonville scholar, Dinna Bjorn.

Both events will be held in the historic and beautiful Peery Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah, one of the 2002 Winter Olympics venues. Shopping, dining and hotels are within walking distance of the theater. Nestled against the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, Ogden is also a family vacation destination with spectacular recreational opportunities nearby.

American Ballet Competition:
Bournonville Workshop with the Masters:

Photo courtesy Bryan Smith