Genée Stories

Insights from the Genée International Ballet Competition.

Here, we’ll be collecting interviews, articles and stories from those involved in the Genée, giving you insider information about what goes on behind the scenes, the thoughts of the competitors, and recollections from people integral to the competition.

30 Aug '19

Questions for the Genée 2019 Finalists

What would you ask a Genée Finalist? The 2019 cohort recently took to our Instagram stories to answer your burning questions. Photo Credit: Michael Slobodian…
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27 Aug '19

Six Questions for Gerard Charles

Our Artistic Director, Gerard Charles, recently took to our Instagram stories to answer your burning Genée questions. What advice do you have for young dancers? Listen to all…
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14 Mar '19

Septime Webre: What I've Learned

The artistic director of Hong Kong Ballet and Genée judge on being bossy and finding new mountains to conquer.
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14 Mar '19

Mission Possible: RAD Bursaries

The RAD’s bursaries scheme helps young dancers compete in the Genée, whatever their circumstances. Four successful applicants share their Genée stories with Nima Naik.
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14 Mar '19

Key Insights: Interview with the Pianists

As much a part of the competition as the dancing and choreography, is the music. We asked seasoned Genée pianists, Jonathan Still and Richard Norriss,…
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14 Mar '19

Continuity and Variations: An Interview with Maria O'Connor

A familiar face to anyone involved in the Genée in recent years, candidate coordinator, Maria O’Connor, recently celebrated 25 years at the RAD. Maria started…
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14 Mar '19

Where are they now?

With over 80 years of history, and increasing prominence in the world of ballet, the Genée continues to produce an impressive list of alumni. The…
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14 Mar '19

Seven Reasons to Compete in the Genée

From working with a choreographer to life-long friends (and bagpipes!), seven former competitors share their fondest memories of the Genée.
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19 Aug '19

Getting Genée ready

From Zumba to meditation, five candidates share their training routine secrets ahead of the competition. ‘I take classes in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and lyrical…
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19 Aug '19

Lucky charms

We asked the Genée 2019 candidates what lucky charms they will bring to the competition. ‘I have many lucky charms. On every tutu or other…
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20 Aug '19

Staying calm under pressure

Competitions can be nerve wracking. We asked some of the Genée 2019 candidates to share which techniques they use to keep calm and perform at their…
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14 Mar '19

Competitors on Choreographers

While the Genée is known for launching careers of dancers, past Commissioned Choreographers have also gone on to amazing careers and have done some incredible…
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14 Mar '19

To Genée or not to Genée?

What makes the Genée stand out from other competitions? Seven Alumni tell us what makes our flagship event so special (Spoiler: we hold on to…
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15 Aug '19

What drives candidates to apply for the Genée?

For many young dancers, competing in the Genée is a dream come true. Seven of this year’s candidates tell us what drove them to apply.…
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14 Mar '19

These Eight Genée Alumni are #Winning!

Shock, disbelief and pure joy – eight Genée Alumni recount the moment they realised they would be competing in the Final and even won a…
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14 May '19

What I’ve learned - Gioconda Barbuto

Photo: Michael Slobodian Italian-Canadian dance artist, Gioconda Barbuto, is Commissioned Choreographer for Genée 2019. “My parents always said I came out dancing. I can’t stop…
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14 May '19

Advice from Mikko Nissinen

Photo: Liza Voll Mikko Nissinen is Artistic Director at Boston Ballet and on the judging panel at the Genée in Toronto. We should probably listen…
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15 Mar '19

Next Stop: A Career in Dance

The Genée is a stepping stone for a professional career in dance. Six medallists, who have gone on to work for some of the best…
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15 Mar '19

Seven Ways to Prep Like a Pro

Work, work, work, work, work, work…but what else? Beyond class and rehearsal upon rehearsal, seven Genée Alumni spill on their competition prep plan.
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15 Mar '19

Eight Secrets for Choosing a Piece for a Perfect Performance

Struggling to pick a variation for an upcoming competition? Eight Genée Alumni give some insights on how they chose their winning variations (Tip: use these…
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15 Mar '19

Nine Dance Bag Essentials

From the obvious (all the pointe shoes!) to the odd (what’s guarana?), these professional dancers (who happen to be Genée Alumni) tell us what they…
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15 Mar '19

Ten Tips for Relieving Competition and Exam Stress

Performance anxiety plagues even the pros! Ten Genée Alumni share how they deal with the inevitable pre-show jitters.  
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