Launched as an initiative of Dirk Badenhorst in 2008, the first South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) was held in the city that year, the second in 2010, the third in 2012 and the fourth in 2014. The fifth SAIBC took place in February 2016, the 6th in 2018 and THIS YEAR THE 7th SAIBC will be held ONLINE from 13-18 July 2020.
Dirk Badenhorst is a major player in the South African ballet and dance, having served as a founding member and the first CEO of the South African Ballet Theatre.
Now Director of Mzansi Productions and the SAIBC, Mr Badenhorst has served on numerous high-level ballet competition jury panels world-wide, and is committed to making a positive impact on ballet in SA
Since the founding of the SAIBC, Dirk Badenhorst has continued to strengthen his ties with the ballet world at an international level, with exchange projects with various countries, most notably Cuba, China and South Korea, as the Africa representative for the Royal Academy of Dance, and as a judge at various international ballet competitions.