SAIBC Online – virtual dance competition SAIBC Online – the South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) goes virtual  for its 2020 event, inviting competitors from around the globe to take part.

The SAIBC was due to take place at Artscape Opera House from 13 to 18 July 2020. “Being online,” says Dirk Badenhorst, founding CEO and Director of Mzansi Ballet whose idea it was to switch to a virtual event, “has also taken the pressure off many who may have found it difficult during these trying times to raise the necessary funds for travel and accommodation expenses. An additional exciting component to the SAIBC Online will be the introduction of our own App, details about which will be released next week,” he said.

The first SAIBC was held in the Mother City in 2008 and has grown into one of Cape Town’s most dynamic cultural events. It’s the only international ballet competition on the African continent, on a par with similar contests held annually throughout the world.

For the SAIBC Online, ages and categories for participants will remain the same: Scholars (12 to 15 years), Juniors (16 to 20 years) and Seniors (21 to 28 years) with men and women competing separately.

SAIBC Online – virtual dance competition

How to enter the SAIBC Online

Each competitor will need to register for the SAIBC Online between 15 and 17 June and those accepted into the competition will then be required to submit video clips of themselves dancing two variations – a classical repertoire solo and a contemporary solo. The dances must be filmed one week prior to the start of the competition. Those without access to a formal dance studio will be permitted to enter in the contemporary division only. The pre-recorded videos of selected candidates will be screened daily to a paying audience and dancers will be assessed by a panel who will offer feedback after each session.

SAIBC Online subscribers will be able to access the daily online master classes, live panel discussions and feedback after the competition rounds, and the virtual gala on 19 July 2020 where guest artists from around the world will perform especially for the finale performance.

How and where: Further details for dancers and subscribers will be announced in June 2020. Registration forms, guidelines and related info can be found on and applicants should please email their video submissions to Follow the @saiballetcomp on Instagram and on Facebook for updates