Helsinki International Ballet Competition opens
The Helsinki International Ballet Competition kicks off on Tuesday with three days of qualifying rounds.

Helsingin kansainvälisen balettikilpailun seniori-sarjaan osallistuva tanssija Emilia Karmitsa. Image: Elina Bäckman / Yle

In all 72 young dancers from more than 20 countries will take part in the contest, which is now organized for the seventh time. Of the competitors, 11 are Finnish dancers.

Men and women are being judged separately and in two divisions, the junior division (age 15-19) and senior division (age 20-25).

Final results will be announced on June 7th and the same evening the winners will be performing a programme at the Finnish National Opera House chosen by the international jury.