Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2020 honours the heritage of Doris Laine


The 9th HIBC takes place in the Finnish National Opera and Ballet from 1st to 8th of June 2020. The competition program consists of both classical and modern repertoire. HIBC 2020 will honor the heritage of its founder Doris Laine with the Doris Laine award. Registration for the competitors has started and will end the 31st of January 2020.


Helsinki International Ballet Competition was founded in 1984 by Professor Doris Laine (1931-2018), whose extensive tenure as the prima ballerina of the Finnish National Ballet was followed by a career as a cultural politician and an advocate of dance. Doris Laine first had the idea to establish an international ballet competition in Helsinki while working as a jury member for several ballet competitions. After gaining the necessary backing from the City of Helsinki as well as various cultural funds she was able to carry out her plans.

The new Doris Laine Award worth of 12 000-euro will be donated by the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation at the 2020 ballet competition. It will be given to a future ballet star chosen by the competition jury.

Application period is extended until the 31st of January 2020

Over the years, the Helsinki International Ballet Competition has grown into one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.  With its jury of leading international ballet professionals, the event provides young talents a week-long learning path towards the top of their genre. Recognition in the Helsinki International Ballet Competition has catapulted several young ballet stars to international fame. These include, for example, Yimeng Sun, Maria Baranova, Iana Salenko and Marian Walter.

The organizer of HIBC is Helsinki International Ballet Competition Association. The Chair of the Board of the HIBC is professor Jorma Uotinen, with dancer and choreographer Minna Tervamäki as the Vice Chair.  Madeleine Onne, the Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet is the President of the HIBC 2020 Jury.

The competition is open to all nationalities. The dancers accepted into the 2020 competition will be announced in February.

Online application form has been published here.

Edit 15/01/2020: The application deadline is postponed to January 31st.