Ballet by leaps and bounds: Genée International Ballet Competition 2009


Ballet by leaps and bounds:



Genée International Ballet Competition 2009


24 February 2009 – Dance luminaries and aspiring dancers from all over the world will convene in Singapore for the Genée International Ballet Competition 2009 from September 3 to 12. The annual ballet meet, with its illustrious 78-year history, is the foremost platform in launching the professional careers of many young dancers in the international arena. The flagship event by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Genée promotes and sets the standards of excellence among young dancers by pitting them in a contest that assesses their dance techniques and performance quality alongside their contemporaries.


For the very first time, the Royal Academy of Dance will co-present the Genée International Ballet Competition with the National Arts Council (NAC) in Singapore this year. This international competition raises the profile of dance in Singapore as it encourages local dancers to further enhance their knowledge and technique in this demanding art form.


An affirmation of Singapore’s burgeoning dance scene, the collaboration between RAD and NAC to present Genée here bodes well, as it boosts Singapore’s standing as a global arts city. As the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus is the most popular training syllabus in the country it is apt that their recognised and celebrated competition be held in Singapore.


The Genée International Ballet Competition brings together an international faculty of teachers, choreographers, artistic directors and top dance talents from all over the world. The coaching sessions of the competition will be held at the studios of Singapore Dance Theatre and participants will get the rare opportunity to spend five days in intensive coaching sessions with Lynn Wallis, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance andChristopher Hampson, award-winning International Choreographer, before competing in the Semi-finals and Final which will be held at the University Cultural Centre.  


The judging panel for Genée will be chaired by Dame Antoinette Sibley, President of the Royal Academy of Dance, and one of the leading ballerinas of her generation. Joining Dame Sibley on the judging panel this year is Goh Soo Khim, Co-founder of Singapore Dance Theatre and Director / Principal of Singapore Ballet Academy and Gary Harris, Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet. Acclaimed New Zealand choreographer, Adrian Burnett will create 2 new works for the candidates and Janek Schergen, Artistic Director of Singapore Dance Theatre will be the notator for the new works commissioned for this year’s Competition.


The top contestants will compete for a coveted medal in the Final where they will be judged on their performance of the 19th century classical variation, the new commissioned work and another variation from the 20th century classical repertoires. Candidates who exhibit the highest levels of competency will be awarded prizes in gold, silver or bronze with prize money of S$12,500; S$7,500 and S$5,000 respectively. An equal mark of distinction is the Audience Award given to the spectators’ favourite performer.


The Genée International Ballet Competition 2009 is supported under the Convene-in-Singapore scheme, a joint initiative by NAC and Singapore Tourism Board (STB).


About the Royal Academy of Dance (United Kingdom)

With over 13,000 members' spread across 79 countries, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. Established in 1920, to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training initially within the UK, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students. There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the Academy and each year, the examination syllabus is taught to more than a quarter of a million students worldwide.  


About the National Arts Council (Singapore)

 The National Arts Council (NAC) was established in September 1991 to spearhead the development of the arts in Singapore. To realise its vision of developing Singapore into a distinctive global city for the arts, NAC provides total support to nurture artistic talent, promotes the practice and appreciation of the arts among Singaporeans, builds up capabilities and resources, facilitates internationalisation and advocates the value of the arts. Through its holistic range of programmes and initiatives to develop the entire arts value chain, the Council champions the growth of a vibrant arts sector where the arts is accessible to all, and the community of artists, arts groups and arts businesses can innovate, excel and achieve sustainability in the long term.


Annex 1: Sponsors & Supporters

Annex 2: FAQs

Annex 3: Judges

Annex 4: Faculty

Annex 5: Choreographer

Annex 6: Notator

Annex 7: Accompanists



Title                :           Genée International Ballet Competition 2009

Presented by :           Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) &

National Arts Council (NAC)


Judges           :           Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE,

                                    President, Royal Academy of Dance    

                                    Goh Soo Khim,

                                    Co-founder of Singapore Dance Theatre

                                    Director / Principal of Singapore Ballet Academy

                                    Gary Harris,

                                    Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet

Venue             :           University Cultural Centre 50 Kent Ridge Crescent Singapore 119279

Dates              :           Wednesday 3 September – Saturday 12 September 2009



Wednesday 9 September & Thursday 10 September 2009

University Cultural Centre, Theatre



Saturday 12 September 2009

University Cultural Centre, Hall

Tickets :Available through SISTIC from Friday 1 May 2009.


Priority booking for RAD Members from Monday 2 March – Thursday 30 April 2009.


Pricces : Semi-finals: Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 September 2009

Cat 1.   1 day ticket       S$40.00


Cat 2.   Both days         S$65.00


Finals: Saturday 12 September 2009                                                                 

  Non-Members  Priority Members (15%) Members (10%) 
 Cat.1 S$110 S$93.50  S$99.00
 Cat. 2 S$90  S$76  S$81 
 Cat. 3 S$75 S$63.50  S$67.50 
 Cat. 4 S$60 S$54  S$54 
 Cat. 5 S$45 S$40.50  S$40.50 


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Members booking tickets in categories 4 & 5, or booking after 30 April 2009 will receive a standard 10% discount.