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 Post subject: Royal Academy of Dance: Genée International Ballet Competiti
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:16 pm 

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I have a story which I believe will be of interest to your readers. The Royal
Academy of Dance is hosting the annual Genée International Ballet Competition
in Hong Kong. We have 51 competitors from 11 different countries competing this
year, 5 of which are British. The candidates spend 5 days in class and coaching
sessions, they then compete in the Semi-finals on Thursday 31 August and Friday
1 September for a place in the Final, which will take place on 3 September.
The Genée International Ballet Competition is dedicated to promoting and rewarding
standards of excellence in young dancers internationally.  This is
achieved by offering aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to work with
world-renowned choreographers and professionals as well as the chance to perform on
an international stage.
If you would like any images or further information about the competition
please contact or telephone 020 7326 8002

With Kind Regards

Charlotte Slayford
Marketing Assistant
Royal Academy of Dance

Press Release

Showcasing the finest international young ballet dancers
Hong Kong to host world famous Genée International Ballet Competition 2006

As the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its arrival
in Hong Kong, the Genée International Ballet Competition; one of the world’s most
prestigious ballet competitions for young ballet dancers and the RAD’s flagship
event, will be staged at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  The
competition will take place from 26 August – 3 September marking the first time that
this competition has ever been held in the city.  The event will also be
marked by two special guest performances from the National Ballet of China and Hong
Kong Ballet, which is sure to thrill the audience. Dr Stanley Ho, lead sponsor of
this year’s competition stated;
“The holding of the 2006 competition in Hong Kong will again acknowledge the great
international appeal of ballet, and will attract many of the world’s best young
dancers. It is an honour and a pleasure for me to sponsor the 2006 Genée
International Ballet Competition staged here to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the
founding, in 1956, of Royal Academy of Dance in Hong Kong.”
Adding to the excitement of this milestone sell-out event, acclaimed young
choreographer Yuri Ng; himself a former Genée gold medalist (1983), has agreed to
create two exclusive variations (male and female) for the competition which will be
premiered during the Semi-finals.  Yuri believes that the competition is a
great opportunity not only for developing young dancers but to raise the profile of

“We can use the Genée International Ballet Competition to push standards
higher.  I will be choreographing one male and one female variation, each
less than two minutes long, and it will certainly challenge them”
The Genée is a demanding competition and attracts the finest young ballet dancers
aged 14 – 19 years old from all over the world. It offers a unique opportunity to
work with and learn from world-renowned teachers and choreographers and also the
chance to dance on the best international stages.  The competitors will
spend three days in intensive coaching sessions with Lynn Wallis, the Academy’s
Artistic Director and choreographer Christopher Hampson, before competing in the
Semi-finals on Thursday, 31 August and Friday, 1 September. They will then perform
in front of a panel of distinguished judges comprising of the Academy’s President,
Dame Antoinette Sibley, Executive Director and Artistic Director of the National
Ballet of China, Madam Zhao Ruheng and Artistic Director designate of Hong Kong
John Meehan. The judges will select a short-list of finalists to compete for a
coveted medal in the Final on Sunday, 3 September.  The audience will also
be given the chance to vote for their preferred performer.  Sponsored by
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, the Audience Award will be awarded to the candidate who, in the
eyes of the audience, most deserves to win and receives a specially struck medal.

The Genée International Ballet Competition has a strong heritage and many past
winners have become professional dancers, choreographers, directors and teachers
with companies all over the world including Hong Kong’s Flora Cheong-
Leen.  Flora, now a house hold name in China, won a silver medal in 1975
and remembers the competition as;
“the best experience….I am proud to have the competition in Hong Kong for the first
time.  It is important for dancers in the Far East to participate in this
most meaningful and prestigious international competition in Hong Kong.”

The first Genée International Ballet Competition took place in London in 1931 and
has taken place almost every year since.  The Competition was first held
outside of the UK in 2002 at the Sydney Opera House, Australia and in 2004 travelled
to Athens as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s activities leading to the 2004
To obtain images or for further information please contact the RAD Press Office
Sarah Ball / Melanie Adams
Tel: +44 (0)207 326 8044 / 8003
Fax: +44 (0)207 924 2311
Notes for Editors

The Genée International Ballet Competition was first staged in 1931 and is named in
honour of Dame Adeline Genée, co-founder and first President of the Royal Academy of

In 2002, the competition was held at the Sydney Opera House, the first time the
competition had been held outside of London
Gold £5,000 (Male & Female Award)
Silver £3,000 (Male & Female Award)
Bronze £2,000 (Male & Female Award)

The Royal Academy of Dance is a global organisation with 14,500 Members, a worldwide
staff of 153 and 173 examiners. With offices in 82 countries and headquarters in
London, it is the largest ballet examination and teacher training institution in the

Its mission is to promote knowledge, understanding and practice of dance
internationally. It seeks to accomplish its mission through examining students of
ballet, educating and training teachers of dance and promoting the study and
performance of dance.
The Royal Academy of Dance would like to thank the following people and
organisations for their generous support and/or sponsorship:

Dr Stanley Ho, Lead Sponsor
Mrs Ina Ho, Chair of Gala Committee and Sponsor of the 2006 Candidate Medals
Bank of East Asia, Sponsor of the Post Final Dinner
Sotheby's Hong Kong, sponsor of the 2006 Audience Award
TAL Apparel Limited
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, official hotel for faculty and VIPs
Harbour View International House, official hotel for 2006 candidates

Working in partnership with the British Council, the Academy commissioned
choreographer Yuri Ng
Tsinforn C Wong Memorial Scholarship
Thursday, 31 August & Friday, 1 September 2006.  Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Candidates will perform in a Classical Class, one of the Commissioned Variations,
and one of the following 19th Century Classical Repertoire Variations:
Females Males
Sleeping Beauty       Prologue, Fairy Variation III
Sleeping Beauty      Act III, Florimund
Sleeping Beauty       Prologue, Fairy Variation V
Sleeping Beauty      Act III, Bluebird
Raymonda              Act
I, Variation I Swan
Lake            Act I,
Pas de trois
Raymonda              Act
I, Variation II Swan
Lake             Act
III, Siegfried
Raymonda              Act
II, Variation II
Coppélia                Act
III, Franz
Raymonda              Act
III, Variation I
Raymonda             Act
III, Jean de
Act II, Sugar Plum Fairy Brienne Variation III
La Bayadère           Act III, 1st
Girl Variation Le
Corsaire            Act
La Bayadère           Act III, 2nd
Girl Variation Don
Quixote          Act III

La Bayadère           Act III, 3rd
Girl Variation
Act I, Giselle
Sunday, 3 September 2006.  The Lyric Theatre, HKAPA. 5.30pm Doors open,
6.00pm Performance starts
Candidates will perform in a Classical Class, one of the Commissioned Variations,
and one of the following 20th Century Classical Repertoire Variations:
Danses Concertantes          
Principal Variation
Choreography:Kenneth MacMillan, 1955  
Music: Igor Stravinsky
The Pas de Quatre, First Variation
Choreography: Frederick Ashton, 1963    
Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The music for Ashton’s Pas de Quatre variation is from Swan Lake Pas de Six, Act III
No 19 Variation 1 (1877 edition, which is reprinted by Kalmus, score No. 04069)
Danses Concertantes          
Principal Variation
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan, 1955  
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Blue Boy’s Variation
Choreography: Frederick Ashton, 1937  
Music: Giacomo Myerbeer, arranged by Constant Lambert

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