Australia's Claudia Dean and Paul Russell win Gold at Genée International Ballet Competition 2009
AUSTRALIA’S CLAUDIA DEAN AND PAUL RUSSELL WIN GOLD AT GENÉE INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION 2009
12 SEPTEMBER 2009, SINGAPORE—Recognised as one of the ballet world’s most prestigious competitions and the flagship event of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Genée International Ballet Competition 2009 finishes in top form, as the Final held at University Cultural Centre (UCC), in the 1,600-seater Hall drew to a close on September 12, 2009.
Crowned with success, the overwhelming public response and support for this year’s Genée, co-presented with Singapore’s National Arts Council (NAC), once again proves the competition’s reputation as a tour de force in the worldwide ballet scene.
Coming out on top with the sought after Gold medals are Australians Claudia Dean for the females and Paul Russell for the males. A darling of the crowd, Dean also bagged the Audience Choice Award, an honour bestowed to the candidate who in the eyes of the audience deserves the top prize.
Males Other medalists are Daniel Roberge of Australia who was awarded the Silver medal and Takeaki Miura of Japan who won the Bronze medal.
Females Ballerinas Nicola Wills-Jones and Daniella Oddi both from Australia, won the Silver medal and Bronze medal respectively.
Ms. Elaine Ng, Director of Performing Arts Development, NAC stated “The Genée in Singapore has really been a great success and an inspiration to our Singaporean dancers. We have to thank the Royal Academy of Dance for their partnership and for bringing the Genée to our shores. It has been a wonderful experience working with the Royal Academy of Dance and with our other local partners like the Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) and the NUS Centre for the Arts. The Genée in Singapore would not have been possible without their strong support as well as the support of the local dance community. We look forward to working with the RAD again, in the years to come.”
“The warmth and enthusiasm that Singapore has exuded for the Genée has been phenomenal,” said Chief Executive of RAD, Luke Rittner. “It has been so successful I am already looking forward to bringing the Genée back to Singapore in the future! We really do owe a huge debt of gratitude to our co-presenters, National Arts Council and Singapore Dance Theatre for providing us with our temporary home, and not least, to Singapore's thriving ballet community and the Academy’s local membership."
As this year’s competition comes to a fulfilling close, bringing to light the names of future ballet luminaries, and a successful stint in Singapore, the international ballet community looks forward to the next Genée International Ballet Competition.
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