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Rules and

The Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN Florence is open to dancers of all nationalities

from ages 9 - 24. The Competition will take place at the Teatro L’Affratellamento - Florence Italy

on March 24th-26th, 2023.


Scoring is evaluated on a 100-point scale and will be based on the following criteria:

1. Technical ability - 2. Artistic interpretation -  3. Musicality - 4. Overall presentation.

Awards will be given to the highest scores, not always coinciding with the placement of Gold, Silver and Bronze.

You may have the highest score, but not as high as for a Gold medal. Therefore you might get 1st place – Silver or Bronze Medal.

The judges’ individual scores will be averaged to make up the participant’s final score. Final awards and placement are at the discretion of the judges. All decisions are final and not open for discussion.

MIBC OPEN Rules and Regulations

  • The 2023 MIBC OPEN competition is limited to the time available, from March 24th - 26th, 2023. Therefore, entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

  • Contemporary variations (solo) should not be longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds while Contemporary Pas de Deux should not be longer than 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

  • Competitors that enter in the Individual or Pas de Deux categories may also participate as part of an ensemble.  (Ex: a student may enter a classical variation, contemporary solo, Pas de Deux and be part of an ensemble)

  • General props are allowed in all the performance categories, however, no dangerous props, such as knives, swords or pyrotechnics will be permitted.  The stage must be cleaned in a timely manner after a routine.  All props must be in place and removed within 1 minute.

  • Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN values age-appropriate dances.  If the judges consider the costuming or choreography to be inappropriate, immediate disqualification or point reductions may occur.

  • If an ensemble loses a member right before the competition and drops below the original number registered, they may still compete in the time limit allowed for that group.  If this circumstance occurs, please immediately contact MIBC staff, to prevent any deductions from the group’s score on the day of the competition.

  • All performances are held before a public audience.

  • The competitor is responsible for their own costume and makeup.

  • The competitor may only select classical variations and pas de deux from the list of approved repertoire.

  • A tentative schedule will be available approximately two weeks prior to the event date (in the registered member area).  The schedule is based on an alphabetical order by divisions and/or numbers. No time requests will be accepted.  However, when you receive the schedule and find that you do not have enough time to change costumes, it is imperative that you promptly contact MIBC staff.  Failure to do this resulting in lack of awareness of the situation by the stage manager and emcee will end up in points deducted if not ready to compete. Ten variations in between classical entries and seven pieces in between contemporary numbers will act as sufficient time.

  • The competition is run numerically, but each competitor must be prepared to compete in a different order.  This is necessary to prevent delays in the competition due to costume changes.  Competitors must check updated daily schedule posted in venue areas.

  • Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN holds the right to amend competition days and times if pertinent and has the right to move the competition location if circumstances are presented beyond their control.

  • Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN, upon its own discretion, has the right to refuse any registration.

  • Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN expects sportsman-like behavior from ALL of our competitors, ensembles, teachers, coaches and families.  Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

  • The jury reserves the right to not award all scholarships & prizes and to divide any award between more than one competitor in the case of a tie.  The competition is of a fair nature and solely based on merit; thus, the decisions of the judges are final and not open to discussion.

  • Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN will provide participants with score sheets, upon request, at the end of the competition.

  • Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN or its hosting venues are NOT responsible for any damage, injury, or loss during the competition.

  • Participants or representatives must be present at the time of drawing and credential assignment. Otherwise, your participation will be annulled without the right to a refund.

  • There will be NO REFUNDS for ANY REASON.  If an injury occurs, a doctor’s note must be submitted and the funds for the 2023 competition will be held under your name (Non-Transferable) for one year until the 2024 competition.

  • All participants compete in equal and fair conditions, therefore MIBC will not consider any request for a change of day or time to compete under any circumstances. Please, do not insist.

  • Any coach, director, teacher or parent representing a participant that does not follow these regulations or acts in an unsatisfactory way disrupting the competition, its directors, judges and staff, will be asked to have their participant withdraw the competition.

  • An awarded artist is responsible for reporting and paying taxes or obligations on the total compensation if received any. In case of underage participants, the documentation has to be signed by their legal guardian.

MIBC OPEN Non-Discrimatory Policy

Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities and operations. These activities include but are not limited to, hiring, and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an exclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.


Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN uses digital files and will only be accepting MP3s (No other files types will be accepted). Music must be received by March 15th, 2023, either uploaded to your final registration form or via email to If received after this date, a €25.00 late fee will apply.


If a circumstance presents itself where you must change the music, variation, etc., from what was originally submitted, you may email us your changed file before March 15th, 2023. After March 16st, 2023 there will be an additional €50.00 replacement fee applied.


Participants are responsible for a backup CD. The cue should not exceed 5 seconds at the beginning of the music. Music must be recorded at the desired speed, there will be NO adjustments made during the competition. Double labels on CD's will cause skipping. Data CD's will not play without problems. Please use CD-R for backup discs. Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN is not responsible for CD playback problems or anomalies. Participants also need to notify the backstage manager about any music irregularities such as pauses, volume changes, etc. so that we do not re-start the performance.


Please name your music file as: 

(Category, Division, Last name, First name, School, Music Title)

Example: Classical SOLO, DIV 1, Smith, Mary, DanceStudio, Paquita, 1st variation.mp3)

MIBC OPEN Video and Photography



Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN will provide competitors with professionally recorded video and action photos to purchase. No personal video cameras will be permitted in the theatre. Please give us your full cooperation in this matter. Failure to abide by these rules could result in disqualification.


Miami International Ballet Competition OPEN reserves the right to use any photo or video recording of the participants during the competition for promotional purposes.

*Please make sure you have read all the Rules and Regulations carefully, for failure to abide by them will result in point deductions or disqualification. If any issue arises, and it is not clearly addressed in the Rules and Regulations, the decision by Miami International Ballet Competition directives shall be binding. By submitting your final registration form, you agree to abide by all the competition’s Rules and Regulations.

To begin your registration for the 2023 MIBC OPEN Florence please make sure that you have read the Rules and Regulations and click here:

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