Genée International Ballet Competition

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Genée International Ballet Competition
Genee International Ballet Competition.jpg
Awarded for Classical Ballet
Country Worldwide
Presented by Royal Academy of Dance
First awarded 1931
Official website http://www.rad.org.uk/genee

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] First held in 1931, it is one of the oldest ballet competitions of its kind in the world.

Overview[edit]

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. In 2013, the Genée was hosted for the first time in Glasgow, Scotland and in 2014 the competition was held in Antwerp, Belgium.

The 2015 competition will be held in London, with the final taking place at Sadler's Wells Theatre.

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Dancer Age Nationality School Medal
2015 London, England
2014 Antwerp, Belgium Vida Polakov 16  New Zealand Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy 1st Gold
Mikaela Johnson 15  Australia The Conlan College of Classical Ballet 2nd Silver
Lucinda Strachan 17  United Kingdom English National Ballet School 2nd Silver
Rachel Hickey 17  United Kingdom Elmhurst School for Dance 3rd Bronze
Isabella Swietlicki 17  United Kingdom English National Ballet School 3rd Bronze
Weslley Vitalino Carvalho Da Silva 19  Brazil Academia de Ballet Elisa 3rd Bronze
2013 Glasgow, Scotland
Isabelle Brouwers 17  Germany English National Ballet School 2nd Silver
Sasha Leong 15  Australia Sydney Ballet School 2nd Silver
Natasha Watson 17  United Kingdom Ballet West 3rd Bronze
Rory Ferguson 17  Australia Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy 3rd Bronze
John Rhys Halliwell 18  United Kingdom English National Ballet School 3rd Bronze
2012 Wellington, New Zealand
Montana Rubin 15  Australia The Dance Spot 1st Gold
Aurelian Child-de Brocas 15  New Zealand Alegria Dance Studios 1st Gold
Kaena Ahern 17  New Zealand Mount Eden Ballet Academy 2nd Silver
Ariana Hond 16  New Zealand Mount Eden Ballet Academy 2nd Silver
Harry Davis 17  Australia Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School 2nd Silver
2011 Cape Town, South Africa
Mana Ogawa 17  Japan Kudo Ballet School 2nd Silver
Si Jia Miao 19  China Dance Division Tongji University 2nd Silver
Jin Hao Zhang 16  China Dance Division Tongji University 2nd Silver
Mlindi Kulashe 19  South Africa Cape Junior Ballet School / English National Ballet School 3rd Bronze
Ashley Scott 17  South Africa Cape Junior Ballet School 3rd Bronze
2010 Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, England
Sean Bates 18  United Kingdom Royal Ballet School 2nd Silver
Francesca Hayward 18  United Kingdom Royal Ballet School 2nd Silver
Orazio di Bella 19  Italy Elmhurst School for Dance 3rd Bronze
Tierney Heap 17  United Kingdom Royal Ballet School & Centrepointe 3rd Bronze
Lachlan Monoghan 17  Australia Royal Ballet School and The McDonald College 3rd Bronze

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