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Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition

Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition

5 January 2011

A world class competition for young dancers, 28th – 30th July 2011 at The Lowry

Every few years the prestigious Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition is hosted by a different country and in 2011 Cecchetti UK has the honour of presenting it for the first time. With a total prize fund of £10,000, this is a unique world-class competition that celebrates and showcases the talent of the stars of the future. 

All competition preliminaries and The Gala Finale will be held from 28th – 30th July 2011 at the spectacular waterside setting of The Lowry in Manchester. Dame Beryl Grey DBE is the Patron for the competition and Anita Young, ex Royal Ballet Soloist and currently on the Ballet faculty of the Royal Ballet Upper School, will be Ballet Mistress. She is joined by Sharon Watson, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Phoenix Dance, as Contemporary Mistress. Other adjudicators include Erroll Pickford (Royal Ballet and West Australia Ballet), Mark Baldwin (Rambert Dance Company) and Jonathan Payn (Birmingham Royal Ballet).

The competition is open to talented young dancers from all over the world up to the age of 19 years who hold their Cecchetti Advanced 1 qualification. Incorporating adjudicated classes and the presentation of solos in Contemporary dance and Classical Ballet, the competition culminates in The Gala Finale on 30th July. Full competition rules and details on how to enter can be found at www.cecchetti2011.co.uk.  

Spectator tickets are available for the full range of events, from the preliminary performances to The Gala Finale. Tickets go on sale on 1st January 2011 and are available by calling The Lowry Box Office on +44 (0)843 208 6000.

From 24th – 30th July, The Lowry will also play host to the Cecchetti Classical Ballet UK Summer Schools, which bring together major Ballet and Contemporary directors, teachers and future dance artists as course participants or audience members.

And the full line up of events will be completed by the Cecchetti Society Day, a day of inspirational lectures and demonstrations on Saturday 30th July, followed by The Gala Finale which includes presentation of the competition finalists’ Classical and Contemporary solos, performances by invited artistes from the professional dance world and the announcement of the winning students.

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