Destination Vienna

15th - 18th April 2019

Foto ©VIBE-Ruiz Rueda


the world’s first competition for dancers with and without disabilities.

It is an auspicious occasion on which to promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding among its participating candidates and the audience, in the beautiful city of Vienna, the cultural heart of Europe. The Vienna International Ballet Experience is open to professional and semi-professional dancers, students and performers with and without disabilities which include physical disabilities as well as dancers with special educational needs and serves the purpose of education, inclusion and promoting the arts.




Sebastian Kurz

Christian Kern
© BKA/Andy Wenzel

Werner Faymann
© BKA/Regina Aigner

Elisabeth Köstinger
© Paul Gruber

Mag.a Beate Hartinger-Klein
© Johannes Zinner

Juliane Bogner-Strauß
© Jakob Glaser

Dr. Karin Kneissl
© Schneider

Dr. Josef Moser
© Jakob Glaser

Gernot Blümel
©BKA/Andy Wenzel.

Landeshauptmann und Bürgermeister
Dr. Michael Häupl
© Stadt Wien/PID, Fotograf Ian Ehm

Alois Stöger
© BMVIT / Johannes Zinner

Mag. Jörg Leichtfried
© BMVIT / Johannes Zinner

Mag. Thomas Drozda
© Peter Rigaud / VBW

Hans Peter Doskozil
© Ricardo Herrgott

Andrä Rupprechter
© Alexander Haiden

Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter
© BMJ / Jungwirth

Bundesministerin Sonja Hammerschmid
© BKA/Andy Wenzel

Sebastian Kurz
© BKA/Andy Wenzel

Sophie Karmasin
© Christian Jungwirth

Landeshauptmann und Bürgermeister
Dr. Michael Häupl
© Stadt Wien/PID, Fotograf Ian Ehm

Vizekanzler und Bundesminister
Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner
© BKA/Regina Aigner

Dr. Josef Ostermayer
© BKA/Regina Aigner

Mag. Johanna Mikl- Leitner
© BKA/Regina Aigner

Hans Jörg Schelling
© BKA/Andy Wenzel

Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek
© BKA/Andy Wenzel

Sebastian Kurz
© BKA/Andy Wenzel

Landeshauptmann und Bürgermeister
Dr.Michael Häupl
© BKA/Regina Aigner

Fotos © Max Spitzauer





Board Member Culture Concepts


Dance Videographer

Kurt Fuckenrieder

Stage Manager

Fotos © Markus Hippmann


The jury, consisting of internationally recognized dance masters, directors and choreographers who are invited by the Organizing Committee, is in charge of the selection and evaluation system of the competition and the workshops.

Competitors will be judged by their technical skills and, most important of all, artistry!

The scoring will be based on a 60 point system.

The best competition entries of each category will pass on to the final round if a minimum of 40 points is achieved. In the final round an average of 40 points is required for a third place, an average of 47 points for a second and an average of 54 points for a first place.

Solo and Pas de Deux/ Duo will be judged together as well as Small Groups and Ensembles.

In addition the following cash prizes will be offered:
- Best Future Talent (500€)
- Best Choreography (500€)

- Junior Outstanding Performance Grand Prix (1.000€)
- Senior Outstanding Performance Grand Prix ( 2.000€. This prize has not been awarded in 2018 and therefore the sum will be doubled in 2019 - 4.000€)

The VIBE jury reserves the right not to present all of the announced awards or to share prizes between participants.

The Jury’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Please be aware that VIBE does NOT hand out individual scores or jury sheets to the participants.

The WORKSHOPS are considered a major part of the Vienna International Ballet Experience and are open to competing and non-competing participants. They offer the young artists the possibility to be seen and work with jury members and guest teachers, learn from each other and meet performers from all around the world regardless of their origin or abilities.

Filip Barankiewicz

Artistic Director
Czech National Ballet


Director of K-Wheel Dance Project and the Korea Association of Disability Artists

Robert Parker

Artistic Director
Elmhurst Ballet School

Kerry Nicholls

Artistic Director
Kerry Nichols Dance

János Kiss

Artistic Director Györ Ballet

Richard Bowman

Artistic Director of Napa Valley Ballet


Director of K-Wheel Dance Project and the Korea Association of Disability Artists


Artistic Talent Scout for Cirque Du Soleil


Ballet Director Hungarian National Ballet

de Bock


Additional Guest Teachers 2018







VIBE prize winner 2017

Thomas Poms
Lisa Tatzber

VIBE prize winner 2017


VIBE prize winner 2017


Contemporary/ Dance Special teacher


Ballet Mistress


Ballet Mistress

Wei-Ken LIAO


Mike Loewenrosen




Van Cauwenbergh





Sascha Khan

Roberto Altamura

Artistic Director Milano City Ballet School

Robert Parker

Artistic Director Elmhurst Ballet School

Jozef Dolinsky

Artistic Director Slovakian National Ballet

Dawn Weller

Artistic Director The Graduate College of Dance

Kerry Nicholls

Artistic Director Kerry Nichols Dance

János Kiss

Artistic Director Györ Ballet

Richard Bowman

International guest teacher and coach

Additional Guest Teachers 2017


Melissa Hinz

VIBE USA winner 2017

Wei-Ken LIAO


Alina Ciceo /
Radu Domsa

VIBE winner 2016
Contemporary Pas de Deux

Christian Tichy


Milan Hatala


Judith-Elisa Kaufmann


Fotos © Max Spitzauer


  • All amateurs, students and professionals, with or without disabilities, of all nationalities are eligible to compete in the competition and/ or participate in the workshops.
  • Participants may enter the competition as a Solo, Duo / Pas de Deux, Group (up to 7 dancers) or Ensemble (8 or more dancers) in the Open (A), Ballet (B), Contemporary (C), Dance Special (D) , Para Dance (E) and Character / National Dance (F) category.
  • Ballet and Contemporary participants will be devided into Semi-Professionals (a dancer who trains 3 times a week or less) and Professionals (a dancer who trains more than 3 times a week). This does not apply to the Mini category.
  • Participants will compete in the following age categories:
    • Mini: up to age 9
    • Children: 9 - 11
    • Junior I: 12 - 14
    • Junior II: 15 - 18
    • Senior: 19 plus



  • Participants are expected to perform ONE variation, Duo /Pas de deux, group or ensemble piece.
  • Only participants in the Junior II and Senior Ballet Professional SOLO /Pas de Deux category need to prepare ONE classical and ONE contemporary piece, both to be performed in the first round of the competition. The competitors final score will be based on the average points obtained from both choreographies. The piece which received the higher score will have to be presented in the second round.



Classical/ Neoclassical Ballet: any choreography based on classical ballet technique

Contemporary: diverse techniques allowed except classical ballet technique.

Open Category: any style of dance is allowed except for Classical/ Neoclassical Ballet, Contemporary and Character/ National Dances.

„Dance Special“: all dance styles for dancers with special educational needs allowed

„Para Dance“: all dance styles for dancers with physical disabilities allowed

„Character/ National Dance“: all traditional folk dances are allowed. (A ballet character- dance would NOT apply to this category!)

It is of high importance that the choreography is suited to the contestants age and capability!
You may submit or perform any variations or repertory fulfilling VIBE’s terms of rule but you must reserve all rights to the choreography for your performance!


All Solos /Duos may not exceed 2:15 min.
All Group / Ensemble pieces may not exceed 3:30 min.
Classical Ballet Pas de Deux as dictated by the established choreography and music.
Choreography without music will be counted as part of the choreography's duration. The registering person shall give notice to VIBE about this when the music is sent. With regards to the duration of the music, a maximum of 5 seconds will be tolerated, beyond the time limit, but only to allow for the musical phrase to finish. The use of music with improper language is not permitted.

Fotos © Maria & Richard Kirchner


Register before January 1st 2019 and get a 10% discount on all fees!

Minis (all categories): 40€ (Workshops not available)

Children (all categories): 40€ (including workshops: +60€)

 Junior I, II and Senior: 100€ p.p.

Ballet Professional Junior II and Senior category: 170€ p.p.

Group category: 85€ p.p. (Minis and Children 40€ p.p.)

Ensemble category: 65€ p.p. (Minis and Children 40€ p.p.)

Dance Special/ Para Dance: 60€ p.p.

The fee is all inclusive for one competition entry (one or two variations depending on your category) and all the workshops during the competition.

For ADDITIONAL Solo and/ or Duo/ Pas de Deux competition entries a reduced fee of -15% will be granted.
For MORE THAN ONE Group/ Ensemble piece a reduced fee of -40% will be granted.

Non disabled dancers assisting/ performing with competitors in the DANCE SPECIAL and/or PARA DANCE category as non competing partners, participate free of charge.

In case of withdrawal from the competition a processing fee of 30% of the registration fee will be charged. In case of withdrawal 2 weeks prior to the competition the registration fee is non-refundable.

VIBE has the right to refuse any application at its discretion.


- For Duo / Pas de Deux, Group and Ensemble participants the average age of the dancers will determine the age category.

- The use of props is subject to previous approval by VIBE, during the registration process. Props that cannot be carried on stage by the dancers themselves are not allowed, as well as props/costumes that identify the competing school.

- The registration fees does not contain insurance for the participants. VIBE assumes no liability for the dancers' participation during the competition. The organization declines any responsibility for accidents that may occur during the competition and/or for the theft or loss of personal property.

- VIBE reserves the right to use any photo or video recording of participants’ performances during the competition for promotional / commercial purposes. - Participants and their parents and/or legal guardians give VIBE heir express permission to use any such photo/video recordings (including those containing their name or likeness) for VIBE's promotional purposes (including any uses in print, online or in social media).

- A registration, once accepted and valid, may be cancelled at any time by the organizer with immediate effects, whenever a competitor, members of a school or supporters show the lack of respect and mistreat any member of the organization, the jury or a fellow competitor.

- Registration can also be cancelled by the organization in cases where the rules and regulations of the competition are not upheld by competitors, members of schools and supporters. 

- The cancellation of a registration will be communicated verbally or by email to the participant or teacher responsible for the competitor/school and is not subject to complaint or contest. The participation fee will not be refunded nor will any costs and expenses be paid or compensated. Registration in the competition automatically implies acceptance of the present rules and regulations.



For non competing “Workshop only” participants a detailed workshop schedule will be available ONE month prior to VIBE and an online registration will be open.

The fee for „Workshop only“ participants is 25€ per class.
Pre-competition workshops April 13th & 14th 2019: 80€ per person (minimum 10 students)
Post-competition workshops April 19th & 20th 2019: 120€ per person (minimum 10 students)

PRE- Competition Workshops:

13th April 2019:
10.00 - 11.30 Ballet
11.45 - 13.15 Contemporary

14th April 2019:
10.00 - 11.30 Ballet
11.45 - 13.15 Contemporary

POST- Competition Workshops:

19th April 2019:
10.00 - 11.30 Ballet
11.45 - 13.15 Contemporary

20th April 2019:
10.00 - 11.30 Ballet
11.45 - 13.15 Contemporary

21st April 2019:
10.00 - 11.30 Ballet
11.45 - 13.15 Contemporary


If you wish to be coached by one of our judges you will have the possibility to do so during VIBE.

Coaching fee, 20 min one to one: 100€ (Please be aware that numbers are very limited!)

Registration will end MARCH 10th 2019!!!

By this date we also need to receive the following information:
1. Names of pieces performed as registered, including number and names of dancers.
2. Durations
3. Choreographers
4. Composers
5. Mp3 music files (including the participant’s name, category and name of piece performed!)
6. Music starts with artist ON or OFF stage
7. Headshot or dance picture for social media use

Registration Form


Fotos © Max Spitzauer


15. April 2019
MUTH Theater (Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Wien)
First round Solo/ Pas de Deux participants Junior I, II & Sen.

16. April 2019
Theater AKZENT (Argentinierstraße 37, 1040 Wien)
First round Mini & Children
First round all Groups/ Ensembles

17. April 2019
MUTH Theater (Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Wien)
Final round all Solo/ Pas de Deux participants
Prize Ceremony for Solo/ Pas de Deux (Palais COBURG, Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Wien)

18. April 2019
Theater AKZENT (Argentinierstraße 37, 1040 Wien)
Final round Groups/ Ensembles
Prize Ceremony for Groups/ Ensembles
Spezial Prizes
Grand Prix
Gala Performance

Schedule subject to change.

The timetable for the registration of the competitors and/or their representative teachers will take place on a scheduled date and time. Competitors and teachers should make sure that they have their documents of identification (ID card, Citizen’s Card or Passport).
Participants and accompanying directors/ teachers/ representatives will receive a wristband which has to be worn visibly whenever entering the theater.
This will allow you to enter the backstage area and audience.
Entering and exiting the auditorium will only be permitted during the interval of competition sessions!
In order to comply with security regulations, a maximum of 2 representatives per school  for up to 10 students) or 3 ( for more than 10 students) are allowed backstage. There will be no exceptions.
The general public must buy a ticket from the the ticket office if they wish to watch the competition.

There is no free entry to the gala performance. Participants will receive a discount when buying a ticket.

There will be no time for rehearsal on stage but an "open stage" prior to the competition will give the possibility to enter the stage before competing.



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Fotos © Roland Pum

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