Antwerp (Belgium) hosted the Genée International Ballet Competition, from 18-27 September 2014. The event ran in partnership with the Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Semi-finals: 24–25 September, Theater ‘t Eilandje, Kattendijkdok-Westkaai 16, 2000 Antwerp
Final: 27 September, Opera Vlaanderen, Frankrijklei 1, 2000 Antwerp
The medallists of the 2014 Genée International Ballet Competition are:
- Gold – Vida Polakov, 16, American/New Zealander, from Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy
- Silver – Mikaela Johnson, 15, Australian, from The Conlan College of Classical Ballet
- Silver – Lucinda Strachan, 17, British, English National Ballet School
- Bronze – Rachel Hickey, 17, British, Elmhurst School for Dance
- Bronze – Isabella Swietlicki, 17, British, English National Ballet School
- Bronze – Weslley Vitalino Carvalho Da Silva, 19, Brazilian, Academia de Ballet Elisa
Antwerp has a long history as one of the most vibrant artistic centres in Europe. Founded in the 1st century AD, it rapidly grew to become a flourishing Renaissance port and global centre for trade. Alongside this, a thriving arts scene developed that stays vibrant and alive today. Antwerp offers stunning modern architecture as well as the beauty of medieval, renaissance and baroque districts.
In the theatre district, you’ll see how the performing arts are central to this city. Two of the most stunning are the Bourlashouwburg Theatre and the beautiful neo-baroque Flemish Opera House, which hosted the 2014 Genée Final.
Antwerp was the first northern European city outside of the United Kingdom to welcome the candidates of the Genée International Ballet Competition 2014 and everyone involved in this event.
The Royal Ballet of Flanders is the leading classical company in Belgium and our official hosting partner for the Genée International Ballet Competition 2014. Candidates worked alongside the company in their wonderful purpose-built studios.
Darcey Bussell CBE, President of the RAD and ex-prima ballerina said:
'Antwerp has a thriving arts scene, along with a strong history and stunning architecture. Our partnership with the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Ricardo Amarante as Commissioned Choreographer and former Genée candidate, make it the ideal host city for Genée 2014. We look forward to welcoming candidates from all over the world here and make this year's edition an unforgettable experience.'
A spokesperson for the Royal Ballet of Flanders said:
'I am delighted that the Royal Ballet of Flanders is hosting this year's Genée in Antwerp. To have such a prestigious event taking place in Flanders is fantastic and raises the profile of dance and I hope brings together aspiring young dancers from around the globe to share their talent. I look forward to seeing them all on stage and to spotting our next generation of dancers. It is definitely a special event not to be missed.'