2023 Medalist and Award Winners

After 3 sessions of elite performances in Round 3, the International Jury deliberated and selected the 2023 USA International Ballet Competition Medalists and Award winners.

The Scoring Process:

All performances are judged on a 10-point scale. In order to promote fairness, the highest and the lowest score from each performance is omitted. Dancers’ scores are then averaged to determine placement. The Jury is not permitted to change any scores. The Jury reserves the right to withhold any medal.

XII USA International Ballet Competition Awards

Senior Female:

  • Gold – Sayako Toku, Japan
  • Silver – Xinyue Zhao, China
  • Bronze – Yunju Lee, South Korea

Senior Male:

  • Gold – Ryo Sasaki, Japan
  • Silver – Chongzheng Guan, China
  • Bronze – Yuval Cohen, Israel

Junior Female:

  • Gold – Mengxuan Yan, China
  • Bronze – Julie Joyner, United States

Junior Male:

  • Gold – Alexei Orohovsky, United States
  • Silver – Kangwon Lee, South Korea
  • Bronze – Zihan Kong, China

Special Awards:

  • Best Senior Couple – Ryo Sasaki & Sayako Toku, Japan
  • Best Junior Couple – Mengxuan Yan & Zihan Kong, China
  • Choreography Award – Chen Zihao (Children of the Stars & The Shadow of Life)
  • Jury Awards of Encouragement – Corbin Holloway, United States
  • Jury Awards of Encouragement – Isabella Howard, United States
  • Robert Joffrey Award of Merit – Munkhjin Ulziijargal, Mongolia

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