This international ballet competition promotes and rewards excellence in young ballet dancers who have trained to an advanced standard in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. 55 candidates travelled from Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Cyprus, Germany, Canada and the USA for a week’s coaching at the RAD before competing for one of the fifteen places in the final and the chance to dance at Sadler’s Wells. The competition is named after Dame Adeline Genee, who had an illustrious career as a dancer before she co-founded the RAD.
In the final the candidates performed two set variations and selected to dance one out of a choice of several variations from the classical repertoire. Unusually, the two set variations were similar and there was no real test of their elevation. The assessment criteria were technique, musicality and performance, with the judges being Dame Beryl Grey, Wayne Sleep and David Nixon. While the adjudicators debated, English National Ballet’s stars Thomas Edur with Agnes Oaks superbly danced Derek Dean’s Impromptu.
The Gold medal was awarded to the charming 17-year-old Celine Gittens from Canada, who danced the Giselle Act 1 solo, she also won the Audience Award. Sliver Medals were awarded to Nicki Moffatt and Annie Carroll from Australia and Jade Hale-Christofi from the UK. The Bronze medals went to Australia’s Nathan Young and UK’s Julia Davis.
Next year the competition will take place in Hong Kong.