Local Competition

The Florida East Coast Chapter awarded $3,750 to three outstanding young performers during its local EN POINTE: Classical Ballet Competition on Saturday, March 11 at The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton. 


The three winners were:

Sophie Miklosovic, 1st place - $2,000, of Pompano Beach and a ballet student at The Art of Classical Ballet.

Tabe Hidetora, 2nd place - $1,000, a campus resident and ballet student at The HARID Conservatory.

Bela Erlandson, 3rd place - $750, also a campus resident and ballet student at The HARID Conservatory.


Judges for the competition included:

Darleen Callaghan, director of School Administration at Miami City Ballet School, danced
a variety of principal, soloist and corps de ballet roles with North Carolina Dance Theatre.

Bruce Marks, internationally acclaimed dance choreographer, coach and teacher, was the first American principal dancer of The Royal Danish Ballet.

Jane Tyree, director and co-artistic director of the Boca Ballet Theatre School, began her training with the Birmingham Civic Ballet and continued training at the University of Alabama dance department, where she received a B.A. in Arts Management and Dance Performance.

Mauricio Cañete, dance producer, has danced for Houston Ballet, where he was a soloist, as well as
Ballet Florida and Ballet Eloelle.


National Competition

The National Society of Arts and Letters awarded $31,000 to the top five outstanding young performers in the national EN POINTE: Classical Ballet Competition during the NSAL Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, May 29 - June 3, 2017.


The five winners were:

Gillian Fitz, 1st place - $12,000, representing the Greater New York Area Chapter, hails from Texas and currently trains at Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City. She ventured to New York City at age 17 to pursue her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer and has attended a variety of ballet programs, including Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and The School of American Ballet.

Juliet Doherty, 2nd place - $8,000, representing the Greater Arizona Chapter, began training early in New Mexico, earning herself a full Scholarship at the San Fransisco Ballet School. She has performed at Lincoln Center in New York City and toured with the world famous Radio City Rockettes. 

Sophie Miklosovic, 3rd place - $6,000, representing our very own Florida East Coast Chapter, is a ballet student at The Art of Classical Ballet in Pompano Beach. She has toured nationally with New York City Dance Alliance, and trained in summer programs at Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and Next Generation Ballet Program in Tampa.

Roland Jones, 4th place - $4,000representing the Washington D.C. Chapter, currently studies at the Maryland Youth Ballet and will attend Boston Ballet’s intensive program on a full scholarship this summer. 

Masanori Takiguchi, honorable mention - $1,000, representing the Pittsburgh Chapter, began training at age six and has attended ballet programs in China, Germany, Austria and currently Pittsburgh. 


Judges for the competition included:

Christopher Wheeldon, one of the most celebrated choreographers in the world and a Tony Award-winner, has created more than 90 works for many of the world’s major ballet companies including - New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and National Ballet of Canada.

Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, has the distinction of being the first American dancer invited to be a principal ballerina for the Royal Ballet. Harvey also performed as a guest artist for Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends and numerous, internationally renowned ballet companies

Maurice Brandon Curry, Executive Artistic Director of New York’s Eglevsky Ballet Company, has choreographed ballets and theatre works of numerous dance companies and universities around the world including Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Lexington Repertory Dance Theatre, Adelphi University, Carolina Ballet, Ballet du Nord and others.

Steven Caras, internationally-acclaimed Dance Photographer, was 18 when he was invited to join the New York City Ballet by its founder, the renowned George Balanchine. Over the next 14 years, Caras would dance worldwide in numerous masterpiece works choreographed by Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.


The 2018 Annual Meeting and Woodwinds Competition will be held in Chautauqua, New York.

For more information, visit www.arts-nsal.org