The Genée International Ballet Competition was held in Hong Kong from 3-12 August 2018.
The 2018 Genée attracted 51 of the world’s finest young dancers from 13 nationalities, aged between 15 and 19 years old. The competition saw finalists perform three solos including never-before-seen pieces by esteemed choreographer Carlo Pacis, who was commissioned by RAD to create two variations (one for male candidates and one for female candidates) for the competition.
After a week of intensive coaching from world-renowned teachers and choreographers, the competitive Final saw two gold medals awarded, to Monet Hewitt, aged 16 from New Zealand, trained by Joye Lowe at Philippa Campbell School of Ballet, and Joshua Green, aged 17 from Australia, trained by Karen Ireland at Karen Ireland Dance Centre.
Silver medals were awarded to Caitlin Garlick, aged 15 from Australia, trained by Karen Ireland at Karen Ireland Dance Centre, and Basil James, aged 16 from the UK, trained by the Faculty of Tring Park School.
Enoka Sato, aged 16 from Japan, trained by Annette Roselli at Annette Roselli Dance Academy, and Jordan Yeuk Hay Chan, aged 16, from Hong Kong, trained by Yui Man Cheung at Jean M Wong School of Ballet were both awarded bronze medals.
Jordan Yeuk Hay Chan was also presented with the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, and the Choreographic Award for best Dancer’s Own variation was awarded to Joshua Green.
The young dancers were judged by Septime Webre, Artistic Director for Hong Kong Ballet, Janek Schergen, Artistic Director at Singapore Dance Theatre, Lisa Pavane, Director of The Australian Ballet School, Joanne Michel, Ballet Mistress for The Australian Ballet School and Chi Cao, former Principal with Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Ambassador for Genée 2018, Ye FeiFei (current principal dancer at Hong Kong Ballet) performed as part of the Hong Kong Ballet guest performance at the Final. Ye FeiFei was awarded a silver medal at Genée 2006, when the competition was last held in Hong Kong.