About the Contest

In 1996 the ÖTR-CONTEST, National Dance and Ballet Competition in the viennese Theater Akzent, was first organized by the Austrian Dance Council, under the direction of Prof. Karl Musil and Prof. Evelyn Téri. Due to the success, competitons were organized also in the years 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2007, but even on  national and international level. Every year the quality of the participants and the contest has steadily improved. Many winners of the ÖTR CONTEST dance today successfully at major stages in Europe and overseas, for all the ÖTR CONTEST was one of the first important stepping stones of their career.

Denys Cherevychko, Mihail Sosnovschi, Roman Lazik und Liudmila Konovalova, Alexander Tacenco und Dumitru Taran 1. principal dancer und principal dancer of Wiener Staatsballetts, also Johannes Stepanek Solist at Royal Ballet London, Rainer Krenstetter, Dinu Tamazlacaru, Marion Walter and Iana Salenko are 1. soloist of Berliner Staatsballetts, Lucas Slavicky (Bayerische Staatsoper), Anastasia Bobrikova (Staatstheater Hannover), Maximillian Genow (Dresdener Opernhaus), Sandra Peron (la la la Human steps/Canada), last but not least Daniil Simkin, ÖTR CONTEST Grand Prix winner 1. principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre/USA … to name just a few big names.


The ever growing interest of young talents and professionals to compete in Vienna, the sold-out closing gala, the positive response in the press, but also the important impulses for the dance scene made the competition one of the largest in Europe. At the 5th ÖTR CONTEST 2004 328 participants from 20 nations took part!


NCCEA (New Century Culture Exchange Association), led by Sophia Li (President NCCEA and Competition Executive Director), takes over the organization of the former ÖTR CONTEST, with the obligation to prusue the objectives and policies of the former competition.


Former chairman of ÖTR, honorary chairman of NCCEA Prof. Karl Musil, artistic director Prof. Evelyn Téri and ImPulsTanz are a solid foundation of knowledge and experience for the Wien-Welt-Wettbewerb 2014 – 7th International Contest and Festival for Ballet and Contemporary Dance.


The idea and the desire to encourage young generations in the art form dance, is also one of our key aspects this year. The association NCCEA would like to set impulses for the young Austrian and international dance scene, but also establish the city of Vienna as a interface between East and West. The high number of participants from countries of the former Eastern Bloc and Asia gives us right.


Within the festival, this event offers a range of training and further education opportunities. Workshops, master classes, seminars, trainings and rehearsals are conducted by well-known highly qualified professionals and provide a platform for intercultural communication and exchange of experience.


This broad range of possibilities offered by this event expects a high artistic quality of the competition. The large number of participants in the past, confirmed dance as the most interactive of all artistic forms of performance. In the talentpool many young dance talents could measure their skills. Our aim is amongst others to promote the intercultural dialogue and to support the communication of  students and educationists at international level. During these few days synergies, exchange opportunities and learning potential occur, because of the coming together of various artists from many different nations and cultures. These advantages are of great artistic importance for all participats. The past showed us the positive impact of this event on the level of austrian professional dance training, which was significantly enhanced by the use of these learning and synergies effects.


The dance competition is open to professionals, students and amateurs, of ballet and contemporary dance, from home and abroad.

Participants can compete in 4 different categories, solo or in groups and are judged in two rounds by an international jury. The performance will be awarded with special prizes, cash prizes, scholarships (eg ImPulsTanz Workshop and Ballettakademie Wiener Staatsoper and other schools) and possible engagements. It is a special honor for the contest to welcome Vladimir Malakhov as Jury President.


The grand finale of the competition and festival is a gala evening on 27 July 2014 at the famous Viennese Volkstheater. Not only the winners will be honored here, but they will also get the unique opportunity to perform together with international stars.


Our Co-operation partners are:

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival

Schirmherrschaft des ÖTR – ÖsterreichischerTanzRat/Austrian Dance Council

CID – Conseil International de la Danse UNESCO

DBUS – Association of Ballet Artists of Slovenia

Rudolf Nureyev – International Ballet Competition of Budapest

International Federation of Ballet Competitions Moscow

TANZOLYMP – Internationales Tanzfestival Berlin