The 80th anniversary galas were a great success which kick started our fundraising efforts for Genée 2016 but there is still a long way to go. Several states have decided to produce a 2016 calendar as a fundraiser for Genée, using the photos from their gala.
Calendars are limited so get in quick so as not to be disappointed. These will make a great Christmas present for teachers, grandparents, friends and anyone who just appreciates lovely dancers.
On Sunday 8 November over 150 students participated in the Kathleen Gorham Memorial Awards incorporating the Audrey Nicholls Senior Grade Awards.
The day was generously hosted by The Australian Ballet School with the Final’s performance being held in The Australian Ballet’s company studio.
It certainly was an exciting and memorable day as students performed in front of a wonderful adjudication panel and a hugely supportive audience.
This event was exclusively sponsored by BLOCH with nearly $9000 in prizes on offer from Bloch, New Zealand School of Dance and the VIC TAS Regional Panel.
Congratulations to the overall winners :
Kathleen Gorham Overall winner – Luke Dimittina, teacher Janne Blanch
Audrey Nicholls Grade Awards Senior Section winner – Isabella Wagar, teacher Jane Moore
Give the Gift of Genée!
Between 1 and 11 December, the RAD Fundraising and Development Team are running an online auction to raise funds for the Genée International Ballet Competition 2016. The Genée Final will be held on 11 December 2016 at the Sydney Opera House—exactly one year after the bidding closes!
Auction items would make great Christmas gifts; they include pre-sale tickets for the VIP Genée experience, an all-access pass for RAD Canada’s En Avant dance teacher conference in August 2016, merchandise signed by British pop stars McFly and Jessie J, RAD-branded goodies, and much more. Check it out!
The winner of the Advanced 1 Bursary finals held in Melbourne on Sunday was Talia Fidra, pictured with judges Olivia Bell and Madeleine Eastoe.
See the results of the Semi-Finals
The 11th Annual Joan Burnett Scholarship was held in Launceston on 25 October this year with students from all over Tasmania competing in front of the special guest adjudicator Olivia Bell, former Principal Artist from The Australian Ballet. Parents, teachers and friends supported the students enthusiastically on the day. This year’s scholarship winner was Emily Masters (teacher Shayne Davies). Emily will be attending the VIC TAS Panel’s Autumn School in April next year. Another highlight of the day was a masterclass for Grade 4/5 students given by Susan Sargison, RAD Examiner.
The VIC TAS Panel were generously supported by Energetiks this year as the sole sponsor for this event with prizes to the value of $2400. Energetiks also introduced a special prize at the Advanced level for most potential which was awarded to Gypsy Mallam (teacher Shayne Davies). The VIC TAS Panel would like to express its sincere thanks to Allison Gibson-Snare who donated the use of her studio for the day.
Find a full list of winners here.
The Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD Grade Awards was recently held in Melbourne as the culmination of the Victorian AEC Examination session. Sunday 13 September saw over 300 enthusiastic students from Grade 1 to Grade 5 participate in the Awards. Students danced in front of adjudicators Audrey Nicholls and Olivia Bell, recently retired Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet as well as a packed house of teachers, family and friends. The VIC & TAS Panel would like to thank our sponsors BLOCH, Energetiks, Capezio and Sansha for their continued support of this event with over $5000 in prizes awarded on the day. Congratulations to Thomas Jones the Overall Winner (teacher Brian Nolan) and LilySophia Dashwood the Runner-up (teacher Jane Moore).
Find a full list of the awards here
The North Queensland Bursary was held on the weekend of 15/16 August in Cairns. The Bursary was well supported by Teachers in the region with approx. 90 entrants overall. Read more
For the first time in history, the Royal Academy of Dance will be streaming the Genée Final live from Sadler’s Wells theatre on Saturday 19th September from 7.30pm. (4.30am Sydney time, 2.30pm Perth)
The live stream will be presented by Deborah Bull CBE, former Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, Creative Director of the Royal Opera House, writer and TV presenter and now Director, Culture, at King’s College London.
Viewers will be able to access additional content only available to online viewers, including exclusive interviews and a glimpse behind the scenes as we take a look backstage during the intervals. You will also have the chance to cast your vote (via text message) for your favourite dancer to win the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, download a copy of the Genée souvenir programme and see your tweets appear on screen.