IT ALL started in 1996 with the ÖTR-CONTEST, National Dance and Ballet Competition, first organised by the Austrian Dance Council under the direction of Prof. Karl Musil and Prof. Evelyn Teri. Due to the great success, further competitions took place in the years 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2007. The ÖTR CONTEST acted as a big milestone for many winners who have successfully reached major stages and achievements all around the world.
Since 2016, the Austrian New Century Culture Exchange Association and the European Dance Association, led by VIAF president Sophia Li, have taken over the organisations of the former ÖTR CONTEST, with the obligation to pursue the aims and objectives of the former competition. Ever since, both organisations have already successfully arranged the 7th and 8th International Ballet and Modern Dance Competitions in 2014 and 2019, respectively. We are herewith delighted to welcome upcoming performing artists participating in the next Vienna International Ballet Competition. The mission of this competition is to encourage young generations in the art form of dance. The Austrian New Century Culture Exchange Association and the European Dance Association is also aiming to set impulses for both the national and international dance scene, but also to establish the capital of Austria as an interface for people from all over the world. Our workshops, master-classes, seminars, training session and rehearsals are conducted and led by renowned and highly qualified authorities in their professional fields. Together they form an ideal platform for intercultural communication and the exchange of ideas. The competition closes with a gala evening with a selection of dancers from the competition, who will get the opportunity to perform together with international invited star dancers.