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Genée 2013: Finalists announced

27 Sep 2013 / Tags: Scotland, Genée, competition

Genée 2013: Finalists announced
Finalists and winner of new Dancer’s Own Choreographic Award announced

Twelve young dancers (nine female and three male) have been named as Finalists of the Genée International Ballet Competition 2013.

58 candidates from 14 different countries, as far afield as the USA, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and Australia, competed in one of the world’s most prestigious international ballet competitions. The Finalists will now compete for gold, silver and bronze medals on Sunday 29 September at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, Scotland.

Desmond Kelly, former Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and Chair of the judges for the semi-Finals said: "Having been heavily involved in dance education, one of the nicest things I can do now I'm retired is watch dance students doing what they do best - dancing. The judging panel all looked for the same strengths in the candidates - technique allied with stage presence, musicality and most importantly, classical line. The choosing of the twelve Finalists was absolutely unanimous."

In his exciting task, Desmond was joined by Cynthia Harvey, former Principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet, and Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, who will also be part of the judging panel for the Final.

The Dancer’s Own Choreographic Award, sponsored by Mondor and new for 2013, was awarded to Padua Eaton from Great Britain. This award was created in response to the successful introduction of the Dancer’s Own in 2012, a section of the competition in which candidates are invited to perform a piece of original choreography created by themselves, their teacher or a peer. Padua will perform her Dancer's Own choreography as part of the Final on Sunday 29 September.

The Finalists will perform in front of a judging panel of top international ballet professionals, including prima ballerina and President of the Royal Academy of Dance Darcey Bussell CBE, Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare, and Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet Christopher Hampson.

The Finalists of the Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 are:

  • Isabelle Brouwers, aged 17 from English National Ballet School (German)
  • Larissa Crafford-Lazarus, aged 16 from Pro Arte Academy (South African)
  • Padua Eaton, aged 16 from Elmhurst School for Dance (British)
  • Jodie Herron, aged 16 from Pro Arte Centre (Canadian)
  • Sasha Leong, aged 15 from Sydney Ballet School (Australian)
  • Katie Rogers, aged 17 from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (British)
  • Maki Sezuku, aged 19 from Elmhurst School for Dance (Japanese)
  • Kathleen Videira, aged 16 from Art of Motion (South African)
  • Natasha Watson, aged 17 from Ballet West (British)
  • Rory Ferguson, aged 17 from Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy (Australian)
  • John Rhys Halliwell, aged 18 from English National Ballet School (British)
  • Pascal Johnson, aged 18 from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts (British/American)

This is the first time our flagship competition has been held in Scotland. The event has previously been staged in Wellington, Cape Town, London, Singapore, Toronto, Hong Kong, Athens and Sydney.

The Final is now sold out, but it is worth contacting the box office for returns on 0844 871 7615.

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