Genée International Ballet Competition

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Genee International Ballet Competition
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Awarded for Classical Ballet
Country Worldwide
Presented by Royal Academy of Dance
First awarded 1931
Official website

The Genée International Ballet Competition is one of the world's most prestigious classical ballet competitions. It is organised by the Royal Academy of Dance and is named in memorial to Dame Adeline Genée, one of the founders of the Academy.[1]


The Genée International Ballet Competition originated quite humbly in 1931 as the ‘Adeline Genée Gold Medal’ and was introduced as an additional incentive for candidates who had passed the Solo Seal examination. The competition is open to candidates who have studied the Academy's syllabus, having completed the Advanced 2 examination with Distinction, and those who have been awarded the Solo Seal Award.

Felicity Garratt was the first recipient of ‘Adeline Genée Gold Medal’ award with a silver medal and then a bronze medal added in 1934 and 1956 respectively, and both gold and silver medals introduced for male dancers in 1938. The award continued to progress and develop into a competition format and remarkably it has taken place almost every year since 1931, even during the Second World War. In 2002, however Luke Rittner, Chief Executive, took the landmark decision to hold the competition outside London in order to embrace its international spirit taking it to Australia where Sydney Opera House played host to a record number of candidates.

Following that success the Academy did not look back. A partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet saw Birmingham host the Genée in 2003; Athens hosted a stunning event at the Herod Odeon Atticus under the auspices of the Cultural Olympiad Greece 2004 and the Genée has been welcomed by Hong Kong, Toronto, and, in 2009, Singapore hosted a unique and overwhelmingly successful event. November 2010 saw the return of the competition to London after five years on tour.

The competition consists of a semi-final and a final, with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals presented for both male and female sections. The Gold medal is awarded to a candidate only if they demonstrate exceptional technical skills, an innate response to music, outstanding performance qualities and charisma.[2] Other awards were introduced periodically, including the Audience Choice Award and the Award for Theatricality.

The Royal Academy of Dance, in association with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand School of Dance, is set to present the Genée International Ballet Competition 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand, from 6–15 December 2012.

Full list of Genée International Ballet Competition winners[edit]

For a full list of winners dating back to the first competition in 1931 please visit this link


The 2012 Genée International Ballet Competition took place at the St James Theatre, Wellington. In the run up to the Final, 71 RAD-trained dancers between the ages of 15 and 19 from countries including Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Indonesia, Philippines, the UK, USA and Spain, competed in the Semi-finals.


  • Gold Medal - Montana Rubin, 15 years old, Australian
  • Gold Medal - Aurelian Child-de-Brocas, 15 years old, New Zealander
  • Silver Medal - Kaena Ahern, 17 years old, New Zealander
  • Silver Medal - Ariana Hond, 16 years old, New Zealander
  • Silver Medal - Harry Davis, 17 years old, Australian
  • Audience Choice Award - Ariana Hond

No bronze medals were awarded.


The 2011 competition was held at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town with sold out performances of the Semi Finals and the Final with the support once again proving the competition’s reputation in the worldwide ballet scene.


  • Silver Medal - Mana Ogawa
  • Silver Medal - Si Jia Miao
  • Silver Medal - Jin Hao Zhang
  • Bronze Medal - Ashley Scott
  • Bronze Medal - Mlindi Kulashe
  • Audience Choice Award - Jessica Brown


The 2010 competition was held in London, England, with the semi-finals taking place at the Bonnie Bird Theatre, located within the Laban Dance Centre. The final was staged at Sadler's Wells Theatre. It was the first time the competition has been held in England since 2005.[3]


Female Section

  • Evangeline Ball, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Laura Day, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Karla Doorbar, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Francesca Hayward, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Tierney Heap, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Courtney Macmillan, Australia Australia
  • Anna Rose O'Sullivan, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Male Section

  • Sean Bates, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Orazio Di Bella, Italy Italy
  • Lachlan Monaghan, Australia Australia
  • Donald Thom, Canada Canada
  • Dominic Whitbrook, United Kingdom United Kingdom


The 2009 competition was held at the University Cultural Centre, Singapore, which forms part of the National University of Singapore. It was the country's first time hosting the competition. The judging panel included Dame Antoinette Sibley, President of the Royal Academy of Dance; Wayne Eagling, Artistic Director of English National Ballet; Gary Harris, Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Goh Soo Khim, Co-Founder of Singapore Dance Theatre. This year, the event was organised in coordination with the National Arts Council of Singapore.[4][5]


Female section

  • Amelia Baxter, Australia Australia
  • Claudia Dean, Australia Australia
  • Henrietta Ellis-Flint, Australia Australia
  • Min Yi Kwok, Singapore Singapore
  • Shayarne Matheson, Australia Australia
  • Danielle Muir, Australia Australia
  • Daniella Oddi, Australia Australia
  • Emily Smith, Australia Australia
  • Nicola Wills-Jones, Australia Australia

Male section

  • Takeaki Miura, Japan Japan
  • Daniel Roberge, Australia Australia
  • Paul Russell, Australia Australia


  • Gold Medal - Female - Claudia Dean, Australia Australia
  • Silver Medal - Female - Nicola Wills-Jones, Australia Australia
  • Bronze Medal - Female - Daniela Oddi, Australia Australia
  • Gold Medal - Male - Paul Russell, Australia Australia
  • Silver Medal - Male - Daniel Roberge, Australia Australia
  • Bronze Medal - Male - Takeaki Miura, Japan Japan
  • Audience Choice Award - Claudia Dean, Australia Australia


The 2008 competition was held on Saturday 23 August 2008, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada. Sixteen finalists were selected from a total of 53 candidates, representing eleven countries. The judging panel included Dame Antoinette Sibley, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dance; Karen Kain, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada; Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet, and Rex Harrington of the National Ballet of Canada.[2][6]


Female section

  • Chelsea Andrejic, Australia Australia
  • Alexandra Bertram, Canada Canada
  • Jasmine Brown, USA United States
  • Nicole Ciapponi, Canada Canada
  • Jade Messiah, Canada Canada
  • Yuki Hirota, Japan Japan
  • Ariele Ribeiro, Brazil Brazil
  • Nana Shimada, Japan Japan
  • Liana Vasconcelos, Brazil Brazil
  • Madeleine White, Australia Australia
  • Ya Xuan Xu, China China
  • Andrea Yorita, USA United States

Male section

  • Jack Bertinshaw, Australia Australia
  • Jarrad Cramp, Australia Australia
  • Yuma Kozuki, Japan Japan
  • Hong Tao Lin, China China
  • Aaron Smyth, Australia Australia


  • Gold Medal - Female - Jade Messiah, Canada Canada
  • Silver Medal - Female - Chelsea Andrejic, Australia Australia and Nicole Ciapponi, Canada Canada
  • Bronze Medal - Female - Ya Xuan Xu, China China and Alexandra Bertram, Canada Canada
  • Gold Medal - Male - Aaron Smyth, Australia Australia
  • Silver Medal - Male - Yuma Kozuki, Japan Japan and Hong Tao, China China
  • Bronze Medal - Male - (not awarded)
  • Audience Choice Award - Aaron Smyth, Australia Australia
  • Award for Theatricality - Nicole Ciapponi, Canada Canada


The 2007 competition was scheduled to be held in Leeds, England, but it was abandoned due to difficulties in obtaining sponsorship.


The 2006 competition was held on Sunday 3 September 2006, at the Lyric Theatre, which forms part of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong, China. Twelve finalists were selected. The judging panel included Dame Antoinette Sibley, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dance; Zhao Ruheng, Executive Director of the National Ballet of China, and John Meehan, Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Ballet.[7][8][9]


Female section

  • Ye Fei Fei, China China
  • Gemma Graves, Australia Australia
  • Alexandra MacDonald, Canada Canada
  • Eliza Mulholland, Australia Australia
  • Jessica Morgan, Australia Australia

Male section

  • Edgar Lai Kiu Chan, Hong Kong Hong Kong
  • David Moore, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Kostyantyn Keshyshev, Ukraine Ukraine
  • James Stout, Canada Canada
  • Daniel Mulligan, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Jia Yong Sun, China China
  • Valentino Zucchetti, Italy Italy


  • Gold Medal - Female - (not awarded)
  • Silver Medal - Female - Ye Fei Fei, China China and Gemma Graves, Australia Australia
  • Bronze Medal - Female - Jessica Morgan, Australia Australia
  • Gold Medal - Valentino Zucchetti, Italy Italy
  • Silver Medal - Male - Kostyantyn Keshyshev, Ukraine Ukraine
  • Bronze Medal - Male - David Moore, United Kingdom United Kingdom and Jia Yong Sun, China China
  • Audience Choice Award - Ye Fei Fei, China China



  • Gold Medal - Céline Gittens
  • Silver Medal - Nicki Moffatt
  • Silver Medal - Annie Carroll
  • Silver Medal - Jade Hale-Christofi
  • Bronze Medal - Julia Davies
  • Bronze Medal - Nathan Young


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