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Imperial Classical Ballet Senior Awards 2014

Imperial Classical Ballet Senior Awards 2014

24 June 2014

Corraine Collins reports on an exciting Awards day

Each year I arrive at the Imperial Ballet Awards with ‘two hats’ packed in my bag. The first hat worn is that of an examiner and committee member of the Faculty. In this capacity it is my remit to meet and greet the guests who come along to support our event. These guests are as diverse as retired examiners of the ISTD and RAD, to manufacturers of dancewear. Many of these people support our events year after year. It is always lovely to see their enthusiasm for the work of our Faculty and to receive their support for our young dancers. 

In 2013 I was delighted to receive the seal of approval from June Mitchell and Dr Susan Danby, two of my own teachers. Despite many years of teaching I was nervous to be teaching an Awards class in their presence. Their support and encouragement was gratefully received. It reminded me of how important it is to remember the influence of our early teachers and to let them know what a positive effect their influence has been on our lives.  

Adam Cooper with Hannah McGlashon, Intermediate Molly Villiers, Grade 6/Intermediate Foundation Tomoko Furuya Hristov with Sophie Farquhar and Kyanne Cheung, Grade 3

This year it was with interest that I watched Jackie Styles and Lisa Aldridge conduct the grades 3 and 4 classes. At this level the teacher’s main concern is the man management of the class. It is vital for the judges that the participants keep their lines and groups. The youngsters are obviously nervous and likely to be less experienced than more senior competitors. Both teachers did a very fine job of relaxing the children. The atmosphere was calm and the settings clearly delivered. 

The grade 5, grade 6/intermediate foundation and intermediate classes, conducted by Helen Steggles, Tracey Warner and Andrew Wilson respectively, all developed an appropriate level of complexity of settings. The students were required to display a more heightened awareness of musicality and artistry. The advanced 1 competition was combined with the Elizabeth Baines-Hewitt Award. This class was conducted by our Chair, Vivienne Saxton and required the students to be able to respond quickly, as is befitting students at this level. The settings used lots of changes of direction, demanding good core stability and transference of weight. There was still plenty of opportunity to display their individual sense of performance. 

Bethany Harrison, Grade 3 Emma Jenkins and Carina Howard, Advanced 1

This leads me to my second ‘hat.’ Each year I submit a number of entries to the Imperial Ballet Awards. There are always children I consider worthy of entering, but obviously I know that not all can progress to the final. My job is about managing expectations in a way that continues to build self-esteem in all my students. I strongly believe in the value of competition, even in this day and age when some think it should be removed. The competitive experience helps students to achieve their individual potential if sensitively and appropriately managed.

What better way for our young people to spend their time? The Imperial Classical Ballet Awards competition is a healthy and worthwhile event, enabling friends and family to witness and share in the competitors’ joy of dance. 

Corraine Collins

“I was really proud to have been chosen to go to such a fantastic event”

Competitors’ Comments

“I really enjoyed the Ballet Awards because everyone was so friendly. The chaperones helped me with my ballet ribbons and to do my number. I was disappointed when I didn’t get through to the finals, but I was really proud to have been chosen to go to such a fantastic event!”
Emily Dwerryhouse (Grade 3)

“I love everything about the Ballet Awards! From waiting backstage with friends to the challenge of quickly learning the class exercises, it has been a very special experience for me. It’s lovely to dance on such a beautiful stage and the smiling class teacher puts you at ease straight away. I think it has helped me to understand the importance of balancing technique with performance.”
Olivia Flint (Grade 4 finalist)


Imperial Classical Ballet Awards Results

Grade 3
1st Place: Bethany Harrison (53)
Angela Allport Performing Arts School

2nd Place: Max Dawe (45)
Quay Theatre Arts

3rd Place: Scarlet Roche (30)
Gemma Short School of Dance

Musicality Cup: Sophie Farquhar (75)
Adagio School of Dance

Class Commendation:
Sophie Farquhar (75)
Adagio School of Dance

Class Commendation:
Kyanne Cheung (87)
Angela Allport Performing Arts School

Grade 4
1st Place: Elise Hills (114)
Adagio School of Dance

2nd Place: Harriet Williamson (101)
Steppin Out Academy of Performance

3rd Place: Natalie Jones (107)
Adagio School of Dance

Musicality Cup: 
Harriet Williamson (101)
Steppin Out Academy of Performance

Class Commendation:
Amy McEwen (84)
Summerscales Performing Arts

Class Commendation:
Xanthe Whelan (99)
East Lancs School of Dancing

Grade 5
1st Place: Amelia Holdsworth (73)
Adagio School of Dance

2nd Place: Victoria Hutton (68)
Sexton School of Dance

3rd Place: Ellie Bannister (40)
Swindon Academy of Dance

Musicality Cup: Clara Burnie (69)
East Lancs School of Dancing

Class Commendation:
Sophie Hussain (60)
Angela Allport Performing Arts School

Class Commendation:
Nina Telford (63)
East Lancs School of Dancing

Class Commendation:
Ella Matthews (70)
Linda Virgoe Dance Studios

Grade 6/Int F
1st Place: Molly Villiers (1)
Adagio School of Dance

 2nd Place: Holly Van Ryssen (8)
Janet Marshall Dance Studios

2nd Place: Freya Boulton (32)
Swindon Academy of Dance

3rd Place: Lowri Hughes (35)
Swindon Academy of Dance

Musicality Cup: Natasha Chu (29)
South London Dance Studios

Class Commendation:
Amy Dobinson (14)
Adagio School of Dance

Class Commendation: 
Andrea Otero Castro (18)
Judith Palmer

Intermediate
1st Place: Emma Green
Adagio School of Dance

2nd Place: Hannah McGlashon
Adagio School of Dance

3rd Place: Gabrielle van Asselt
Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts

Musicality Cup: Isabel Summers
Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts

Musicality Cup: Georgia Shire
Janet Marshall Dance Studios

Class Commendation: Isabel Summers
Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts

Class Commendation: Georgia Shire
Janet Marshall Dance Studios 

Advanced 1
1st Place: Lorenzo Silingardi
Il Balletto & Royal Ballet School

Musicality Cup: Carina Howard
Gielgud Academy & Rambert School

Junior Boys Cup: Max Dawe
Quay Theatre Arts

Senior Boys Cup: Lorenzo Silingardi
Il Balletto & Royal Ballet School

Imperial Ballet Teachers Award:
Bronwen Patching
Adagio School of Dance

Jean Campbell Award for Services to the Imperial Classical Ballet Faculty:
Fleur Stevenson

Guest Adjudicators
Saturday 1st March 2014
Elaine Holland, Patricia Linton and
Mark Welford

Sunday 2nd March 2014
Tomoko Furuya, Valeri Hristov and Denise Winmill

Pianists
Kate Dickson and Debbi Parks


 

All photos by James Hudson 

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