We are delighted to announce that second year students Lucinda Strachan and Isabella Swietlicki have both been awarded medals at the Genée International Ballet Competition 2014.
The Genée International Ballet Competition, named after RAD's first president Dame Adeline Genée DBE, is the Academy’s flagship annual event. Also known simply as ‘the Genée’, it is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, attracting the finest young dancers from around the globe all of whom are students of the RAD syllabus. Candidates receive a unique opportunity to work with renowned choreographers and teachers for five days before performing at the semi-finals, and then at the final, where they compete for a range of medals. The competition has taken place almost every year since 1931, and is now a truly global event.
The finalists were chosen amongst 57 contestants from 11 countries, following two days of semi-finals. The judging panel was Dame Monica Mason DBE, former Director of The Royal Ballet, Petter Jacobsson, Directeur Général, Centre Chorégraphique National Ballet de Lorraine and Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.
Lucinda was awarded a silver medal and Isabella a bronze medal.
Christopher Hampson said: “The standard, yet again, at this year’s Genée was very high. There are lots of promising dancers out there, and we were thrilled to be able to award so many medals and especially a gold medal to a very elegant and assured artist”.
Congratulations to them both for this fantastic achievement.