Varna Victory

November 28, 2001

For many dancers, the International Ballet Competition in Varna is the ultimate test of technique and artistry. In ballet, a gold from Varna is just as prestigious as all those medals Michael Phelps has hanging around his neck.


Congrats to Americans Brooklyn Mack and Miko Fogarty, who both just had incredible showings at the 25th IBC–Varna. Mack, a dancer with The Washington Ballet, shared the gold with Denis Cherevichko for the senior men. Fogarty, who was recently featured in the documentary “First Position,” took home a thrid class distinction. Here are the rest of the results.

Senior Women 

Gold Medal: Not awarded

Silver Medal: Miki Wakuta, Japan and Chae-Eun Yang, Korea

Bronze Medal: Christina Chochanova, Bulgaria and Aigerim Beketayeva, Kazakhstan

Senior Men

Gold Medal: Brooklyn Mack, USA and Denis Cherevichko, Austria

Silver Medal: Arata Miyagawa, Japan

Bronze Medal: Not awarded

Junior Girls

First Class Distinction: Wang Qingxin, China

Second Class Distinction: Not awarded

Third Class Distinctions: Min Jung Kim, Korea, Nataly Bratanova, Bulgaria and Miko Fogarty, USA

Junior Boys

First Class Distinction: He Taiyu, China

Second Class Distinction: Not awarded

Third Class Distinction: Joo Won Ahn, Korea


Other Awards

Special Distinction: He Taiyu, China

Special “Emil Dimitrov” prize for young talents:  He Taiyu, China

Prize from the “Nina Kiradjieva” Fund: Christina Chochanova, Bulgaria

Prizes for promising junior dancers awarded by Sylvia Co., Japan: Kateryna Odarenko, Belarus and Joo Won Ahn, Korea