The Washington Ballet’s Brooklyn Mack wins gold

The Washington Ballet’s Brooklyn Mack wins gold

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Brooklyn Mack @ Varna  Photograph : Nina Lokmadzhieva

Brooklyn Mack @ Varna Photograph : Nina Lokmadzhieva

Mack also won the Grand Prix at the Istanbul International Ballet Competition and a Gold Medal at the Boston International Ballet Competition in June.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) announced today that TWB Company dancer, Brooklyn Mack, won a Gold medal on Sunday, July 29, in Bulgaria at The International Ballet Competition –Varna 2012 (Varna).   In June, Mr. Mack also won the Grand Prix at The Istanbul International Ballet Competition and a gold medal at the Boston International Ballet Competition to complete his medal trio win this summer.


In Varna, Mr. Mack competed against a field of more than 66 dancers from 20 countries in the senior level in both classical and contemporary divisions. Mr. Mack shared the Gold medal with Denis Cherevichko of Austria


“Brooklyn’s Gold Medal is well deserved—he’s a powerhouse whose technique, artistry and extraordinary passion on stage packs a wallop.  He’s a gifted artist and we are thrilled to have him grace our stages in DC,” stated TWB’s Artistic Director Septime Webre.


The International Ballet Competition – Varna was the first international ballet competition. It began in 1964 awarding a Grand Prix to Vladimir Vassiliev and has been held every two years since.  Since 1964, the highest honor awarded in what is now referred to as the “Varna Ballet Olympiad” is a gold medal and the competition is considered by many in the dance world to be the most important.  Past Varna winners include ballet greats such as Vladimir Vassiliev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vladimir Malakhov.


Among the panel of judges at Varna were Yuri Grigorovich, famous Russian dancer and choreographer, Professor Peter Lukanov, one of the founders of the New Way in Bulgarian Folk Choreography, Constantine Dutu of Romania, and Professor Xiao Suhua of China.


The Third Annual Istanbul International Ballet Competition was held in June in Istanbul, Turkey.  Mr. Mack competed in three rounds in the senior division and was awarded the Grand Prix, the event’s highest award.


The 2nd Annual Boston International Ballet Competition (BIBC) was held in Boston, in June 2012.  The competition was an elimination style that consisted of three rounds in three days.  For his performances, Mr. Mack won the Gold medal in the Senior Male Division   Mr. Mack’s awards include an invitation to dance at the Kremlin Palace, Moscow, on November 27, 2012 and a guest performance with The Indianapolis City Ballet “Evening with the Stars” Gala on September 8, 2012.

Brooklyn Mack @ Varna Photograph : Nina Lokmadzhieva

BROOKLYN MACK of Elgin, SC, is in his fourth season with The Washington Ballet. Mr. Mack began his dance training at age 12 with the Pavlovich Dance School under Radenko Pavlovich and Milena Leben before receiving a scholarship to study at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. Mr. Mack then apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and later joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. Before joining TWB, Mr. Mack spent three seasons as a principal dancer with Orlando Ballet. He has performed internationally at Ballet Clasico de Camara with Nina Novak in Venezuela, Latvian National Ballet, NBA Ballet Company in Japan and many others. Notable awards include the Kirsti Paakenen Encouragement Prize at the 2005 International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland, the silver medal at the 2006 Jackson International Ballet Competition, in Mississippi, the Princess Grace Fellowship Award (2007), the silver prize at the 2009 Helsinki IBC, the bronze medal at the 2011

Boston IBC, the Marius Leipa Prize at the Boston IBC (2011) and the silver medal at the 2011 Korean International Dance Competition and the gold medal at the Boston IBC (2012).


The International Ballet Competition – Varna (Varna) was established in 1964. Its first edition was held in July, 1964 at the Open-Air Theatre in the same city – the biggest sea resort of Bulgaria. Varna is the first professional international ballet competition in the world.   The world-famous French ballet master Serge Lifar said: “The Varna Competition is a unique event in the history of ballet, an event of huge importance…”.  The Varna Ballet Competition, justly called by the English ballet critic John Gregory, the “Varna Ballet Olympiad” is the highest prestige ballet competition.  By tradition the competition is held every other year in the second half of July at the Open-Air Theatre of the city. Its romantic setting, and its stage covered with verdancy have become a symbol of the Varna Olympiad.


The İstanbul International Ballet Contest (IIBC) was founded in in 2008 and is a member of the International Federation for Ballet Contests (IFBC).   Led by LegendaryBallet Master, Yuri Grigorovich, President of IIBC, the competition attracts dancers from more than 25 countries to compete in student and professional levels.


The Boston International Ballet Competition (BIBC) was founded in 2011 by Valentina Kozlova to allow student and professional dancers ages 13 to 25 years an opportunity to perform and compete in a positive and encouraging atmosphere before a distinguished panel of international judges.  BIBC awards professional contracts, scholarships, monetary and other special prizes to competitors.




Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976, The Washington Ballet (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States.  TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo-San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato, as well as Neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre and Executive Director Peter M. Branch, TWB embraces a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs.

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2 Responses to The Washington Ballet’s Brooklyn Mack wins gold

  1. Ballet News August 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Mia Alegria Paxton said :I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIM DANCE !

  2. Ballet News August 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Sebastian Deka said : Once you do it Mia you’ll perceive dance differently.

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