Anne began dance at the age of three, and, while she has practiced many forms of dance, her passion lies in ballet and contemporary. Under the mentorship of Jocelyn Wozencroft ARAD, BA(HONS), RAD RTS, Anne has completed all of her RAD vocational exams with distinction, and has attended summer intensives at the School of Alberta Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and Los Angeles Ballet. She has performed in Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker (2011), Ballet Victoria’s The Gift (2015), Avant Dance Company’s 5 SENSES (2015) and Take a Bow (2016).
My Genée experience was truly incredible and unforgettable. It was so surreal dancing on an international stage and meeting all of the amazingly kind and talented dancers.
What did you learn from the Genée?
I learned so much I don’t even know where to begin! Most of all I learned to observe. Seeing the styles of the other dancers, and hearing the correction from the coaches was invaluable. There were so many talented dancers, inspiring teachers, and unique choreography – being exposed to it all undoubtedly helped me grow as an artist.
What is your fondest memory from the competition?
Taking a bow in front of the massive audience at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, and standing on stage with my newfound friends; it was such an amazing feeling.
Do you have any advice for future candidates?
Just try to absorb everything; it feels more like an intensive than a competition. The coaching you receive and the friendships you make really take the emphasis off of winning and losing. Also, don’t feel too nervous about meeting others, everyone is friendly and just as nervous as you!
Would you recommend the competition to others?
Absolutely! It was an exciting and unique opportunity to make connections in the dance world and receive brilliant coaching from world-renowned teachers.
How did the Genée benefit you personally or professionally?
The Geneé was a very eye-opening experience; it gave me a real picture of the global dance community. Personally, I made lifelong friends, and professionally I was inspired technically and artistically.