The competition

Simona De Tullio created The San Nicola International Dance Competition in 2010, since then she has directed the event annually, supported by all the local authorities due to its prestigious nature and artistic value.

“Give a chance”,  is the goal of the competition, helping  young talented dancers in their career, offering valuable scholarships with professional companies, academies and festivals and connecting them with international choreographers and directors.

Each year, The San Nicola International Dance Competition hosts international partners. They are offered the opportunity to perform during the final to showcase the work that they are currently involved in.

Exhibitions, masterclasses, conferences and lectures all combine to form the event, enriching the cultural life of the city of Bari, offering new relationships between dance and other artistic media, and involving the audience in a variety of different ways.  Past editions include –  “Crossing Dance” and  “Linguaggi Metropolitan” conferences by Bari University and supported by Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, masterclasses by the High School of Dance L. Da Vinci in Bisceglie(Ba), the exhibition “Albania, Nostalgiche Danze”, workshops about the language of the body, by the high school of the Bari and the international exhibition “Pas du Monde” by photographer Clarissa Lapolla.

Artistic Director: Simona De Tullio

Coordinators:  Ilaria Lacriola, Josephine De Sario

Official Photographer: Clarissa Lapolla



Ballet and Modern Dance (no Hip Hop, Musical)



Children 9-12 years

Juniors 13-15 years

Seniors 16 years +


Juniors 9-13 years

Seniors 15 years +


The San Nicola International Dance Competition is an event created with international partners, companies, academies and festivals around the world. Our partners include: Alonzo King LINES BALLET (USA), J Chen Project (NYC USA)FAU Florida Atlantic University (USA)Miami Dade College (USA)Ballet Brio (Portorico)Tanzcompagnie (Germany), Ballet METT (Germany), Henny Jurriens Foundation (Netherlands)Malta’s UniversityArt’s University Tirana (Albania), National Ballet School Tirana (Albania), Ballet Masterclass (Spagna e Italia), World Dance Movement (Italia)Winter Dance Convention (Italia),Gravina In Danza (Italia)Scuola del Balletto di Toscana (Italia)


The competition, which is open to solo artists and groups, is categorised by age and style and aims to promote the art of dance. It offers the possibility to all participants of the chance to study abroad and experience different interpretations and diverse techniques to improve their knowledge and skills. Categories are ballet and modern (contemporary dance, modern, modern/jazz).


​ Photo by Clarissa Lapolla: Tanzcompagnie Giessen (cor. Tarek Assam)

Past editions



Anthony Taylor (Tanzcompagnie  Giessen)
Blerina Arbana (National Ballet School Tirana)
Baerbel Stenzenberger (Tanzcompagnie Giessen)
Keren Rosenberg (H.J. Foundation)


Anthony Taylor (Tanzcompagnie  Giessen)
Tarek Assam  (Tanzcompagnie  Giessen)
Maaike Van de Westeringh (H.J. Foundation Amsterdam)
Gjergi Prevazi (Art’s University Tirana)
Liceo Coreutico Bisceglie (Ba)


Anthony Taylor (Tanzcompagnie  Giessen)
Maaike Van de Westeringh (H.J. Foundation Amsterdam)
Matthew James Tusa (Tanzcompagnie Giessen)


Anthony Taylor (Tanzcompagnie  Giessen)
Jeremy Green (Ballet METT Dusseldorf)
Sophie Kienhuis (H.J. Foundation Amsterdam)
Prof.ssa P. Zaccaria e Prof.ssa A. Taronna (Università degli Studi di Bari) 


Didy Veldman (H.J. Foundation Amsterdam)
Anthony Taylor (Tanzcompagnie  Giessen)
Tarek Assam  (Tanzcompagnie  Giessen)


Anthony Taylor (Tanzcompagnie Giessen)
Maurice Causey (H.J. Foundation Amsterdam)
Carmen Rozestraten (International Summer stages)
Arturo Cannistrà (Fondazione Aterballetto)


Savina Marasi (H.J. Foundation Amsterdam)
Ineke Drabbe (H.J. Foundation Amsterdam)
Carmen Rozestraten (ALONZO KING Lines Ballet San Francisco)
Tarek Assam (Tanzcompagnie Giessen)
Jeremy Green (Tanzcompagnie Giessen)


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Via Borrelli n. 20 – 70125 Bari


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