Genée 2014 medallists announced
8 awards were given at this year's Genée International Ballet Competition
The judging panel of the Final of the Genée International Ballet Competition, which included Dame Monica Mason DBE, former Director of The Royal Ballet, Petter Jacobsson, Directeur Général, Centre Chorégraphique National Ballet de Lorraine and Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet awarded the following medals:
The gold medal went to Vida Polakov, 16, American/New Zealander, from Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy.
Two female silver medals were awarded to:
Mikaela Johnson, 15, Australian, from The Conlan College of Classical Ballet
Lucinda Strachan, 17, British, English National Ballet School
Two female bronze medals were awarded to:
Rachel Hickey, 17, British, Elmhurst School for Dance
Isabella Swietlicki, 17, British, English National Ballet School
One male bronze medal was awarded to Weslley Vitalino Carvalho Da Silva, 19, Brazilian, Academia de Ballet Elisa.
The medallists also shared their victory with two other award winners from the evening. The Audience Choice Award went to Honoka Ishihara, 16, Japanese, International Ballet Academy who charmed the audience.
The Choreographic Award, sponsored by Mondor, for the choreographer who demonstrated the highest standard of choreography within the Dancer’s Own variation to the judges, was awarded to Jessica Allison-Walker, 17, Prudence Bowen Atelier.
Each medallist was chosen amongst 57 contestants from 11 countries, following two days of Semi-finals and tonight’s Final.
Christopher Hampson said: “The standard, yet again, at this year’s Genée was very high. There are lots of promising dancers out there, and we were thrilled to be able to award so many medals and especially a gold medal to a very elegant and assured artist”.
This year’s competition marks the first time ever the Genée has been held in Belgium during the competition’s 83-year history. During the Final, the audience was also treated to a performance from Aiko Saito and Wim Vanlessen, principal dancers of the Royal Ballet of Flanders who performed a pas-de-deux from Love Fear Loss choreographed by Genée Commissioned Choreographer Ricardo Amarante, whom was a candidate himself 17 years ago.
The Queen of Belgium attended the Final, and was welcomed by a guard of honour made up by the winners of Genée Dance Challenge, a younger competition which runs in support of the Genée.