Genée fundraising hits £45,000
On the eve of the Final of the Genée International Ballet Competition 2013, fundraising tops £45,000
Royal Academy of Dance friends and teachers from around the world are gathering on the eve of the Genée 2013 Final to celebrate the competition's arrival in Scotland, and to complete the final stretch of a fundraising effort that has made it possible to stage the competition in Glasgow for the first time in its 82-year history.
UK-based fundraising towards the Genée has surpassed £45,000, with the RAD community in Scotland alone contributing upwards of £20,000. Known as the Challengenée, the fundraising campaign has embraced a wide range of activities - from performing ballet in onesies, dads dancing, regional RAD awards days, to a fundraising calendar featuring Scottish dance teachers and dancers in various stages of undress.
Tonight's Highland Fling fundraising dinner at the Thistle Hotel (Glasgow) will see 300 guests enjoy a traditional Scots welcome from a bagpiper and highland dance troupe, performances from Scottish dance schools, an auction of items including a tutu formerly worn by prima ballerina Darcey Bussell, and ceilidh dancing into the small hours.
Anne Walker MBE, founder and CEO of Highland Fling sponsors International Dance Supplies, said: "IDS is delighted to be sponsoring an event that is as international as we are and we congratulate the Scottish RAD teaching community on raising in excess of £20,000 towards staging the Genée this year.”
Tonight will also see the launch of a Genée legacy project, sponsored by Creative Scotland as part of their Get Scotland Dancing initiative, that will involve free dance classes to be held in early 2014 for people who have never danced before. More information will follow in the autumn on this exciting project, which aims to bring the benefits of dance to a wider Scottish public in the wake of the enthusiasm generated by the Genée.