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Finalists of the 2017 Genée announced

14 Sep 2017 / Tags: Portugal, Genée, Competitions

Announcing the finalists of the Genée 2017, held in Lisbon, Portugal.

A total of 52 candidates from 14 countries has been whittled down to 11 finalists, all set to compete in the first Genée Final to be held in Portugal.

2017 Finalists

  • Lucy Christodoulou, Australian dancer, aged 17, trained by Annette Roselli, Annette Roselli Dance Academy (5).
  • Ellis Derrick, British dancer, aged 16, trained by Linda Lowry, The Linda Lowry School of Ballet (7).
  • Janice Felices, British dancer, aged 18, trained by Denise Whiteman, Elmhurst Ballet School (13).
  • Lin Fujimoto, Japanese dancer, aged 18, trained by Denise Whiteman, Elmhurst Ballet School (15).
  • My Le, Australian dancer, aged 15, trained by Janine McGrath, Classical Coaching Australia (25).
  • Jemima Scott, New Zealander dancer, aged 15, trained by Allison Pond, Wellington Dance and Performing Arts (37).
  • Kayla Van Den Bogert, Australian dancer, aged 15, trained by Karen Ireland, Karen Ireland Dance Centre (46).
  • Harris Beattie, British dancer, aged 18, trained by Karen Berry Danscentre and Resmi Malko Central School of Ballet, London (48).
  • Ryan Felix, British dancer, aged 17, trained by Sarah Dickinson, Elmhurst Ballet School (49).
  • Matthew Maxwell, Australian dancer, aged 15, trained by Annette Roselli, Annette Roselli Dance Academy (51).
  • Isaac Shaw, Australian dancer, aged 17, trained by Marie Walton-Mahon, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy (53).

Choreographic Award

The Choreographic Award was won by Harris Beattie, which he choreographed with his teacher Karen Berry.  In addition to being selected as a finalist, the judges felt that his solo, Torn, demonstrated the highest standard of choreography within the Dancer’s Own category.

The Final

The Genée Final will take place at Teatro Camões on 16 September. After two days of semi-finals, judged by former Director of The Royal Ballet, Dame Monica Mason, former Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance, Lynn Wallis OBE, and Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, Christopher Hampson, the finalists will compete for gold, silver and bronze. In addition to the three medals (with prize money of up to €5,000 for gold), the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award will also be awarded.

Photo: Bruno Simao

Sonia Hay says:
14 Sep 2017 21:24
Well done to all the participants, but especially to the five Aussies. Give out of eleven finalists are Aussies, that is incredible!!!!
Linda murray says:
14 Sep 2017 22:17
So chuffed and excited for you Harris xx
Linda Lee says:
15 Sep 2017 09:17
Amazing achievement by Jemima Scott, a high school student from Tawa and the only competitor from New Zealand 🌟
Ruth Summerskill says:
16 Sep 2017 08:25
Congratulations- enjoy every moment. Lots of love from the UK.
Diana Russek says:
16 Sep 2017 23:18
Go Jemima Scott - the only kiwi in the line up this year. Well done and dance well. Lots of love Aunty Di and Alan
Samantha Jennings BA Teacher and mentor RAD says:
19 Sep 2017 21:24
Wonderful to be able to see the semis, well done all and the standard is so young too! Special congrats to Jemima Scott, I sat next to your Dad in the audience and loved being part of your journey to the finals. Samantha Jennings BA RAD RTS PGCE Movement Designer, Director and Photographer Lisbon.
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