Royal Academy of Dance’s Phyllis Bedells Bursary winner is announced

March 20, 2013

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Royal Academy of Dance’s Phyllis Bedells Bursary winner is announced

 winner Daniel Harrison with judges (l-r) Valerie Aitken, Ricardo Cervera and Elaine Holland. Photographer: Mark Lees.

winner Daniel Harrison with judges (l-r) Valerie Aitken, Ricardo Cervera and Elaine Holland. Photographer: Mark Lees.

Sixteen-year-old Briton Daniel Harrison has won the Phyllis Bedells Bursary ballet competition, held on Sunday 17 March 2013 at Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) headquarters.

Named after Miss Phyllis Bedells, founding member and Vice-President of the RAD, this year’s internationally-recognised competition attracted 34 candidates, including three from Japan, competing for the bursary of £1,000 to be used to further the winner’s training. Past winners of the prestigious competition have gone on to dance with international ballet companies including The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet.

Following an introduction by RAD Artistic Director Lynn Wallis, candidates were judged in a class taught by former professional dancer Matthew Paluch, with piano accompaniment by pianist Martin Cleave. Each candidate then performed a Set Variation and Classical Repertoire Variation, accompanied by pianists Stefano Curina, Richard Norriss and Ian Richards.

Chair of the panel of judges, Valerie Aitken ARAD, spoke of the winner’s achievements: ‘Daniel stood out for his clean technique, lovely batterie and has the potential for further development.’

Fellow judges were Ricardo Cervera, a professional dancer with The Royal Ballet who has performed in famous ballets including Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, and Elaine Holland, Director of Dance at Bede’s Legat School of Dance.

An addition to the main bursary competition was a performance by the seven regional winners of the Genée Dance Challenge 2012 – a competition for aspiring young dancers in association with the famous Genée International Ballet Competition. The 2013 Genée International Ballet Competition will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from 20-29 September.

 

Phyllis Bedells Bursary


The bursary was instituted to encourage talented young dancers to further their careers in classical ballet. It is open to RAD members under 17-years-old who have passed the Academy’s Advanced 1 Examination with distinction but have yet to take the Advanced 2 Examination. Candidates are judged throughout the Class and Variations on their ability in Technique, Music and Performance – the elements which make up the complete dancer.

Daniel Harrison


Daniel Harrison performed Set Variation: Classical and Repertoire Variation: Giselle, Act 1: Peasant pas de Deux – Variation II. Daniel was born in Scunthorpe and started dancing at the age of seven. He attended The Royal Ballet School Junior Associate Programme for three years and joined the School in Year 7. He is in Year 11 and his classical teacher is Mr David Yow. He has danced numerous times at The Royal Opera House and in The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

Genée International Ballet Competition 2013


Semi-finals: 26 and 27 September 2013, New Athenaeum Theatre, Glasgow.
Final: 29 September 2013, Theatre Royal Glasgow.
Tickets (Final) - Final tickets from £10–£36 plus transaction fees. Tickets go on sale for the general public from 15 April. Call Theatre Royal box office on +44 (0)844 871 7647 to book.

Genée fundraiser – Highland Fling dinner and ceilidh


The RAD’s Scotland team will hold a ‘Highland Fling’ fundraising dinner and ceilidh on 28 September at the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow. The evening will include a drinks reception, three-course dinner with wine, a performance by Highland dancers and a live auction offering some exclusive prizes. Tickets are available from Jennifer Macfarlane, RAD Regional Manager for Scotland – please contact jmacfarlane@rad.org.uk for further information or to book a table or an individual ticket.

Royal Academy of Dance


The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is an international dance teacher education and training organisation with over 13,000 members in 79 countries. The Academy promotes knowledge, practice and understanding of dance internationally through the education and training of teachers. The Academy is also the largest international ballet examinations board. The RAD is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 312826.

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One Response to “Royal Academy of Dance’s Phyllis Bedells Bursary winner is announced”

  1. Ballet News Says:

    Kymberly Wolfer Cassada commented : Nice comments from the judge..’Daniel stood out for his clean technique, lovely batterie and has the potential for further development.’