26 March 2012
Alexandra Barnes reports on the first Malaysian Imperial Classical Ballet Awards
On 19th November 2011 the Imperial Ballet Faculty was delighted to inaugurate the first Malaysian Classical Ballet Awards at the Fonteyn Studio of the Federal Academy of Ballet, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur.
In her welcoming address the Chairman of the Faculty, Vivienne Saxton, described a little of the background to the UK Awards that have been held for over 20 years and said how delighted she was to be there for the first Awards event to be held outside England. She concluded by giving her good wishes to all the teachers and competitors.
“It was lovely to see all the well groomed children dancing with such enthusiasm and joy, which was reflected in the very happy atmosphere of the event”
The competition was well supported by the Malaysian teachers and commenced with the Grade 3 Competition and concluded with the Intermediate section. The afternoon ended with a delightful presentation of some of the examination set dances and the official prize giving.
The Award classes Grades 3–5 were encouragingly and skilfully taken by Corraine Collins who quickly put the children at ease thereby allowing them to give of their very best. Vivienne Saxton presented the Grade 6–Intermediate classes in a relaxed and professional manner.
The adjudicators with the difficult task of choosing the winners were Sandra Baca, Alexandra Barnes and Frances Teoh. Speaking on behalf of my fellow adjudicators it was lovely to see all the well groomed children dancing with such enthusiasm and joy, which was reflected in the very happy atmosphere of the event.
Suraya Kamil and her committee are to be highly congratulated for organising such a successful event, and thanks must also go to the pianist Aaron Kamil, the backstage volunteers and to all the teachers and parents for their hard work in preparing the candidates. Special thanks go to Lee Lee Lan for making the Fonteyn Theatre available.