Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 – Tickets on sale and semi-finals judges announced

April 19, 2013

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Genée International Ballet Competition 2013Tickets on sale and semi-finals judges announced

With only five months to go until competition begins, tickets have gone on general release for the semi-finals and Final of the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition, taking place from 20-29 September 2013 in Glasgow.

Matthew Cunningham, RAD Director of Marketing and Communications, said: ‘Over 50% of available Final tickets have already been snapped up in pre-sales by RAD members, so we’re expecting the event to be a sell-out. Our advice is for UK ballet fans to move quickly to make sure they secure their seat.’

Semi-finals judges have been announced as Desmond Kelly, former Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and Cynthia Harvey, former Principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet. They join Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, who will also go on judge the Final alongside Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare and RAD President Darcey Bussell.

Miss Harvey has been involved with several ballet competitions including teaching at The Prix de Lausanne. She said: ‘I am delighted to be a part of the semi-final adjudicating panel for the Genée International Ballet Competition 2013. I frequently encounter many of the current generation of award winners including ballerinas Amber Hunt, Olivia Bell and Lana Jones of The Australian Ballet and Steven McRae and Valentino Zucchetti of The Royal Ballet, and it’s not surprising that the seeds sown in their training in the RAD have been justly rewarded.’

Desmond Kelly, who has been associated with the RAD since the age of ten, said: ‘I am particularly pleased to be judging the Genée semi-finals in Glasgow this year. The RAD has been and continues to be a lifeline and inspiration for many dance students. I owe my love of dance to this wonderful organisation and look forward with pleasure to several days of watching talented students performing this great art form.’

The semi-final judging panel will select finalists by assessing them on the three inter-related elements of technique, music and performance, all of which go to make up the complete dancer. Each candidate will take a Classical Class and then perform a Classical Repertoire Variation and ‘Dancer’s Own’: a solo Variation choreographed by themselves, a teacher or peer to a piece of music of their choice.

At the Final, the panel will select medallists who will perform – as part of the competition – variations choreographed by Royal Ballet Choreographic Apprentice Robert Binet.

Public performance tickets for the competition, in association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Ballet, are available for the semi-finals on 26-27 September at the New Athenaeum Theatre and the Final on 29 September at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Tickets for all performances are available through the theatre box offices, and are priced from £10-£36.

Public performance dates
Semi-finals: 26 & 27 September 2013, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland New Athenaeum Theatre, Glasgow – 10.30am (both days)
Final: 29 September 2013, Theatre Royal Glasgow – 6.30pm

Tickets (semi-finals)
One day = £20 (£15 concession), two days = £35 (£25 concession)
To book, call +44(0)141 332 5057
No booking/transaction fees when booking online.

Tickets (Final)
From £10–£36 plus transaction fees.
To book, call +44 (0)844 871 7615 (or +44 20 7126 5456 from outside the UK) or visit the website

Transaction and booking fees apply.

RAD Members receive a 5% discount on Final tickets – please visit Members’ Area on the RAD website for the promotional code.


About Cynthia Harvey
Cynthia Harvey’s style marked her as one of ballet’s most versatile and valued artists. She danced virtually every ballerina role with American Ballet Theatre and was invited by Sir Anthony Dowell to be a principal of The Royal Ballet. With The Royal Ballet, Miss Harvey danced an array of Ashton and MacMillan ballets, and was the first Odette/Odile in Sir Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake. Harvey performed as guest artist with Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends and with numerous companies and partners before retiring in 1996.

Miss Harvey has been guest teacher for several schools and companies including The American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet School. Outside of teaching and coaching she helped re-stage a production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2008 for Den Norske Ballett and in 2010 staged her own complete version for the Hong Kong Ballet. She is also co-author of Physics of Dance & the Pas de deux. Miss Harvey has served on the board of DanceEast, the national agency for dance in England and was the standards assessor for The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET).

About Desmond Kelly
Born and trained in Zimbabwe, Desmond Kelly began his professional career with London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) becoming principal dancer at 21, before working with many international companies. He performed in Britain during the 1960s, and joined the Royal Ballet Companies in 1970, dancing the principal role in all major classical repertoire and partnering many of the world’s leading ballerinas.

Desmond has taught classical ballet to many international companies since 1985, becoming instrumental in the development of numerous dancers, particularly at Birmingham Royal Ballet, where he was appointed Assistant Director in 1990. He retired from BRB in 2008 to take up the position of Artistic Director with Elmhurst School for Dance and directed the School until his retirement in 2012. Desmond was awarded an OBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours list and was made Honorary Doctor of Letters by The University of Leicester in 2007 and by The University of Birmingham in 2008. Desmond was awarded the Critics Circle National Dance Special Award for Ballet Hoo! (with Marion Tait) in 2007 and the Royal Ballet Governors Gold Medal in 2008.

Genée fundraiser Highland Fling dinner and ceilidh
Fundraising events leading up to the competition include a ‘Highland Fling’ dinner dance at Glasgow’s Thistle hotel on 28 September, with a three-course dinner, ceilidh band, live dance performances and auction. The Genée Uncovered 2013-14 calendar includes quirky, fun photos of RAD examiners, teachers and dancers from Dance School of Scotland and Scottish Ballet. For tickets to Highland Fling or to buy a Genée Uncovered calendar, contact Jennifer MacFarlane, Scotland Regional Manager, at

About the Genée International Ballet Competition
The Genée International Ballet Competition is the Academy’s flagship annual event and one of the industry’s most prestigious international competitions. Named after the Academy’s founder Dame Adeline Genée and first convened in 1931, it is dedicated to promoting and rewarding standards of excellence in ballet dancers internationally. This is achieved by offering aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and professionals as well as the chance to perform on an international stage. The competition has taken place almost every year since the 1930s, even during the Second World War.

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
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 the 1920s, 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.


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