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Genee ballet competition to be streamed online

Natasha Watson competing in the 2013 Genee competition. Photo: Andy Ross

The final of this year’s Genee International Ballet Competition is to be live streamed online.

The renowned competition was first held in London in 1931 and returns to the city next month. The final will be streamed live from Sadler’s Wells via digital platform ArtStreamingTV.

Viewers will also have access to exclusive content as part of the live stream, including interviews and behind the scenes footage.

The broadcast will take place on September 19 and will be presented by former Royal Ballet principal Deborah Bull.

Bull said she was “delighted” to be hosting the broadcast, adding: “Since 2002 the Genee has been travelling internationally and making its presence felt in many different countries. In live streaming the event, the Royal Academy of Dance is taking the next step, opening the doors of Sadler’s Wells theatre and sharing the next generation of dance talent with ballet fans around the world.”

The competition, whose entrants hail from across the globe, will this year be judged by a panel including former Royal Ballet director Monica Mason, Birmingham Royal Ballet artistic director David Bintley, Northern Ballet artistic director David Nixon and Jeanetta Laurence, who is associate director of the Royal Ballet.

Earlier this year the RAD, whose syllabus Genee entrants must be trained on, announced that it would fund bursaries for performers from less privileged backgrounds [1] to enter the competition.