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Our Story


Our Mission

The Valentina Kozlova Dance Foundation (VKDF) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that began in 2004 as the DCPP (Dance Conservatory Performance Project). It was created specifically to provide dance students, pre-professional and young professional dancers with performance opportunities, access to renowned ballet figures worldwide, and artistic partnerships.


The Founder

Valentina Kozlova is known to be a major innovator in the international ballet world. Her passion for dance, and for the choreographers and dancers who create and perform, have led her to find new outlets for their talents. Born in Moscow, Ms. Kozlova was trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School. She was invited to join the Bolshoi Ballet Company in 1973 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1975. She danced all of the major classical roles with the company.

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Valentina Kozlova Dance Foundation, Inc., a corporation formed under the laws of the State of New York, has been designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Current Events


Our Current Events

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC), is a presentation of the Valentina Kozlova Dance Foundation, Inc. (VKDF) a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dance organization. Currently we are underway to bring you the 10th edition of this event. The VKIBC New York City Finals 2020 will be held March 15th - 20th following Semi Finals in Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay and Argentina.

In the 2016-2017 season, we hosted two regional or semi-final competitions: Sao Paulo, Brazil and St. Petersburg, Russia.
In the 2018-2019 season, we hosted two regional or semi-final competitions: Sao Paulo, Brazil and Mexico City, Mexico and Asuncion, Paraguay.

In 2011, Valentina Kozlova created the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC). Since its inception, nearly 1,000 young dancers, hailing from 30 countries have participated. The competition does not stress monetary prizes to medal winners, but instead, concentrates on career oriented rewards, such as company contracts and trainee scholarships to prestigious international schools.

Prizes are also awarded to non-medal winners who show special qualities in artistry, musicality and interpretation rather than purely technique. Competitors have been awarded prizes of guest appearances at the Kremlin in Moscow, Paris, London, Seoul, Riga and other major world capitals. On occasion, exceptionally talented young dancers have been offered VKIBC sponsorships, which allow them the possibility to compete free of any charge. One of the most important aspects of the competition is that it allows the judges, all directors of renowned international dance companies and schools, to see these young dancers perform.


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