News: Finalists chosen for Genée International Ballet Competition 2015

Friday 18 September 2015 by Clare Evans

Finalists of the 2015 Genée International Ballet Competition. 
Photo: Elliott Franks  Royal Academy of Dance

Dancers from the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa have made it through to the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) 2015 Genée International Ballet Competition Final in London. A record 76 contestants from 16 countries have been whittled down to 12; all set to compete in the first Genée Final ever to be streamed online.

2015 Genée International Ballet Competition Finalists are Lania Atkins, Makensie Henson, and Paige Rochester from Australia, Sara Carver from Canada, Madison Cronin from New Zealand, Megan Gerber, Leroy Mokgatle, and Robert van den Aardweg from South Africa, Uyu Hiromoto and Honoka Ishihara from Japan, Anatalia Hordov from the USA, and Drew Jackson from the United Kingdom.

Having made it through two days of semi-finals, judged by Dame Monica Mason DBE, former Director of The Royal Ballet; David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet, and Jeanetta Laurence OBE, former Associate Director of The Royal Ballet, the finalists now stand to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals on Saturday 19 September, 7.30pm.

Three medals are usually awarded at the final – gold, silver and bronze – in male and female categories. They are awarded completely at the judges’ discretion and, as such, a gold medal is not always awarded. The medallists also receive prize money of £5,000, £3,000 or £2,000. The Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award as well as a Choreographic Award for the best Dancer’s Own variation are also given. The final will also feature a special performance by Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli, principal dancers of The Royal Ballet, dancing Romeo & Juliet, Act 1 Pas-de-deux.

Saturday’s final will be the first in the competition’s history to be live streamed. Viewers will have access to exclusive online content, including interviews and a glimpse backstage during the intervals. They will also be able to cast their vote (via text message) for their favourite dancer to win the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, to download a copy of the Genée programme and to see a selection of their tweets appear onscreen. Visit for details on how to purchase access.

The final of the Genée International Ballet Competition will be held at Sadler’s Wells, 19 September

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