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 Post subject: Genee International Ballet Competition Results
PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:01 pm 

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We have received very exciting news on the success of the Genée International Ballet
Competition 2006. Please see below for the press release for details of the
medalists and the activity from last night. Please do not hesitate to contact me if
you require further information on the candidates or competition or if you would
like further images. If using the images provided please credit the photographer
Conrad Dy-Liacco.
With Kind Regards
Charlotte Slayford

Newly Awarded Fellow Of The Royal Academy Of Dance - Dr Stanley Ho - Congratulates
2006 Ballet Medalists

Genée International Ballet Competition, Hong Kong 2006

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) last night staged a spectacular Final of the Genée
International Ballet Competition at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for
Performing Arts. The audience was brought to their feet when the panel of Judges,
chaired by Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE, President of the RAD announced their decision
to award 18-year-old Italian, Valentino Zucchetti a gold medal - a rarity in the
history of the competition.

Silver medals were awarded to Ye Fei Fei, (18) from China; Gemma Graves (18) from
Australia; Kostantyn Keshyshev (19) from the Ukraine and bronze medals went to
Jessica Morgan, (18) from Australia, David Moore, (18) from the UK and Jia Yong Sun
(18) from China. The Sotheby’s Audience Award, voted for by the audience was also
presented to Ye Fei Fei.

Dame Antoinette was effusive in her praise for all of the candidates;
“My fellow jurors [Madam Zhao Ruheng, National Ballet of China and John Meehan,
Hong Kong] and I have watched in delight and admiration as the candidates have
been put through their paces in the Semi-finals and tonight’s Final. Choosing
winners is not always easy but they all deserve our congratulations, whether they
are medallists or not.”

Each of the 12 Finalists performed their choice of both 19th and 20th Century
Classical Repertoire variations as well as one of the specially commissioned
variations choreographed by renowned young Hong Kong choreographer, Yuri Ng, himself
a former Genée gold medalist.
Dame Antoinette also thanked Dr Stanley Ho, lead sponsor of the competition for his
generous support and the city of Hong Kong for its hospitality and warmth over the
course of the competition.

At a private Gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, sponsored by the Bank of East
Asia for the candidates, their families and teachers and other sponsors, Dr Stanley
Ho was awarded with a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Dance, one of its highest


Notes for Editors

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

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
Dance. 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 13,000 Members, a worldwide
staff of 172 and 182 examiners. With offices in 83 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

2006 Finalists
Name Age Nationality
Fei Fei Ye 18 Chinese
Gemma Groves 18 Australian
Alexandra MacDonald 18 Canadian
Eliza Mulholland 16 Australian
Jessica Morgan 18 Australian
Edgar Lai Kiu Chan 17 Chinese (Hong Kong)
David Moore 18 British
Kostyantyn Keshyshev 19 Ukrainian
James Stout 18 Canadian
Daniel Mulligan 18 British
Jia Yong Sun 18 Chinese
Valentino Zucchetti 18 Italian

Charlotte Slayford
Marketing Assistant
Royal Academy of Dance
t: +44 (0)20 7326 8002
f: +44 (0)20 7924 3129

Visit our new website today, and find out what the RAD can offer you:

Discover Hong Kong - book tickets to the 2006 Genée International Ballet
Competition 2006
Tickets can be purchased on Ticket Hotline + (00 852) 31 288 288 which operates
10:00am to 8:00pm daily, and any one of the 15 Tom Lee Music Stores or 4 venue box
offices, for customers based in Hong Kong.
Or online at: or

Visit to order your copy of 'A Dance
Class Anthology' the RAD's guide to dance class accompaniment

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