SOURCE: The Peabody Orlando

October 25, 2007 09:00 ET

Announcing 2nd Grand Prix of World Ballet Competitions, the World Ballet Competition, Orlando, Florida

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - October 25, 2007) - The Orlando/Peabody Alliance for the Arts and Culture (OPAAC) supports the 2008 World Ballet Competition which will be held in Orlando, May 26 - 31, 2008 under the auspices of its founder/director, Central Florida Ballet's general director, Vasile Petrutiu. "The Peabody Orlando has been actively promoting the performing arts in Orlando for the past ten years through OPAAC," said Alan C. Villaverde, executive vice president, Peabody Hotels. "Vasile Petrutiu has received the OPAAC Award of Excellence for his enormous contribution to the elevation of classical ballet and dance in our community."

Petrutiu's mission is to establish the World Ballet Competition as the premier international dance competition in the world. The competitions are adjudicated by major international dance critics and will be broadcast to all participating countries with combined global internet and TV audiences of millions and are open to young, aspiring dancers -- and professionals from around the world.

Categories include preparatory, professional, solo, pas de deux, ensemble, and choreography. Over $100,000 in cash, scholarships, gift certificates and dance merchandise are to be won, ranging from $10,000 grand prix, $5,000 for gold medal, $3,000 silver and $2,000 bronze.

Applicants should visit www.wbcorlando.com to view requirements for submitting applications and to print application forms. Completed forms should be accompanied by one DVD or VHS tape, US $50 audition fee, and a recent photocopy of passport or birth certificate. This viewing material must have been filmed within eight months prior to application and portray the dancer in class attire or performance. In competition, applicants may only use costume or class attire.

The World Ballet Competition is poised to become an important fixture on Orlando's annual calendar of events, bringing hundreds of dancers and their families from all over the world to compete, win cash and/or other prizes, and then to take time off to enjoy the Florida sunshine and Orlando's world-famous theme parks and attractions.

The Peabody Orlando is a Mobil Travel Guide Four Star, AAA Four Diamond property of Peabody Hotels within the portfolio of Peabody Hotel Group of Memphis, Tennessee.

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