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The Genée International Ballet Competition, fondly known as ‘The Genée’ is the RAD’s flagship annual event and is named after Dame Adeline Genée DBE, co-founder of the Association of Operatic Dancing, as the RAD was then known.
The competition originated quite humbly in 1931 as the ‘Adeline Genée Gold Medal’ and was introduced as an additional incentive for candidates who had passed the Solo Seal examination. Felicity Garratt was the first recipient of this award with a silver medal and then a bronze medal added in 1934 and 1956 respectively, and both gold and silver medals introduced for male dancers in 1938. The award continued to progress and develop into a competition format and remarkably it has taken place almost every year since 1931, even during the Second World War. In 2002, however Luke Rittner, Chief Executive, took the landmark decision to hold the competition outside London in order to embrace its international spirit taking it to Australia where Sydney Opera House played host to a record number of candidates.
Following that success the Academy did not look back. A partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet saw Birmingham host the Genée in 2003; Athens hosted a stunning event at the Herod Odeon Atticus under the auspices of the Cultural Olympiad Greece 2004 and the Genée has been welcomed by Hong Kong in 2006, Toronto in 2008, and, in 2009, Singapore hosted a unique and overwhelmingly successful event. November 2010 saw the return of the competition to London after five years on tour. Cape Town in 2011 not only hosted another fantastic competition but also added a community offering to the event by organising Sizodanisa – Let's Dance! Finally, Wellington hosted the Genée in 2012 where an enthusiastic membership raised an impressive NZ$123,000 towards the event.
To have a feel of what the Genée is like, watch the video below:
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