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Imperial Classical Ballet Awards

3 October 2010

A successful weekend at the Hawth Theatre, West Sussex.

The Hawth Theatre in Crawley is an attractive, modern venue with good sight lines for the audience and a comfortable area for the adjudicators, who over the 6th and 7th March, were Jamie Bond, Dame Beryl Grey DBE, Brenda Last, June Mitchell, Elisabeth Swan and Rachael Whitbread, as well as members of the Imperial Classical Ballet Examining Board.

I was one of four adjudicators on Saturday, 6th March. The marking system was new to me – points being awarded for each exercise and collated to give an overall mark, which was then used to obtain the final result. This worked very well, giving a fair overview of the standard of each student.

All the dancers were extremely well groomed, as would be expected. A little nervous to start with, of course, but they were soon able to relax and show their full potential. I was very impressed with the port de bras and the strength of their backs but, as I mentioned during the pirouette section, I was expecting more security of balance and more controlled turns. As a dancer, I always enjoyed pirouettes – it was a fun thing to do and an exciting challenge. Sadly, the fun seems to have disappeared and tension in the neck and shoulders do not make for a good turning action!

 
In the Allegro section the students used the music and the space on stage well, giving their work full breadth of movement. I was particularly impressed with the musicality shown in the Choreographic section along with inventive ideas, some lovely shapes and patterns and interesting movement. For me, it was a most enjoyable day of dance and I congratulate all concerned.

Brenda Last

 


Imperial Classical Ballet Awards Results 2010

Grade 3
1st: Elise Prosser
(Joanne Bond School of Classical Ballet, Essex)

2nd: Lorena Hardwick
(Linda Shipton School of Dancing, Ispwich)

3rd: April Goulding
(Adagio School of Dance, Essex)

Commended: Scarlett Mann (Adagio School of Dance, Essex)

Musicality Cup: William Osborne (Joanna Vowles School of Dancing, Southampton)

Grade 4
1st: Giorgia de Marchi
(Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

2nd: Rachel Rennie
(Adagio School of Dance, Essex)

3rd: Isabel Ray
(Guildhall School of Dancing, Norfolk)

Commended: Amelia Nolan
(Adagio School of Dance, Essex)

Musicality Cup: Amelia Nolan (Adagio School of Dance, Essex)

Grade 5
1st: Annabella Sanders
(Joanne Bond School of Classical Ballet, Essex)

2nd: Holly Tuxford
(June Glennie School of Dance, Norfolk)

3rd: Lucy Renouf
(Roshe School of Performing Arts, Surrey)

Commended: Emma Jenkins
(Janet Marshall Dance Studios, Gloucestershire)

Musicality Cup: Annabella Sanders (Joanne Bond School of Classical Ballet, Essex)

Grade 6
1st: Guilia Bagnis
(Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

2nd: Helen Walls
(Joanne Bond School of Classical Ballet, Essex)

3rd: Gabrielle Parker
(Corraine Collins Dance Studios, Gloucestershire)

Commended: Bryony Squibb
(June Glennie School of Dance, Norfolk)

Musicality Cup: Helen Walls (Joanne Bond School of Classical Ballet, Essex)

Intermediate
1st: Giorgia Daminato
(Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

2nd: Jonah Cook
(Liberatus School of Performing Arts, Wiltshire)

3rd: Daniele Silingardi
(Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

Commended: Isabelle Clough
(Janet Marshall Dance Studios, Gloucestershire)

Commended: Arianna Marchiori
(Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

Musicality Cup: Jonah Cook (Liberatus School of Performing Arts, Wiltshire)

Musicality Cup: Giorgia Daminato (Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

Port de Bras Cup: Isabelle Clough (Janet Marshall Dance Studios, Gloucestershire)

Stella Mann Bursary
1st: Isabelle Clough

(Janet Marshall Dance Studios, Gloucestershire)

1st: Allegra Vianello
(Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

Commended: Annagiulia Favaro
(Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

Musicality Cup: Georgia Attfield (June Glennie School of Dance, Norfolk)

Musicality Cup: Allegra Vianello
(Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

Choreographic Award
1st: Eilish Harmon- Beglan
(Quay Theatre Arts, Dorset)

2nd: Alice Roger
(Corraine Collins Dance Studios, Gloucestershire)

Boys Cups
Junior Award: William Osborne (Joanna Vowles School of Dancing, Southampton)

Senior Award: Jonah Cook (Liberatus School of Performing Arts, Wiltshire)

Scholarships
Elias Garcia Herrera Scholarship: Isabelle Clough
(Janet Marshall Dance Studios, Gloucestershire)

Wells Scholarship: Giorgia Daminato
(Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy)

Dancing Times Cup
Il Balletto Scuola di Danza, Italy

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