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Imperial Classical Ballet Junior Awards - Report

Read all about our recent online awards which took place in October.

Imperial Classical Ballet
Online Junior Awards

On Sunday 25 October 2020 the Imperial Classical Ballet Committee took the plunge - we held our first online event in the form of the Junior Ballet Awards, with a Grade 1 and a Grade 2 celebration ballet class for all the finalists selected from 140 video entries from around the world.

As with all first times, we planned carefully and learnt as we went along, doing our best to recreate a theatre performance experience as much as possible, whilst simultaneously taking into account such practicalities as safeguarding, the technical challenges of Zoom and social distancing. 

On the day, because our adjudicators, Senior Examiner Mary Cooke and Committee member Tracey Warner, had already selected the prize winners from the video submissions, both the participants and audience were able to relax and enjoy the classes, taught beautifully by Fleur Jones and accompanied by Debbi Parks on the piano.

It was wonderful to connect with young dancers and their teachers, who joined us from all over the UK and Ireland, and also from Japan and Malaysia. There was a true feeling of coming together through our love of dance and of ballet in particular; and heartfelt thanks go to all the teachers who gave their time and expertise in entering their students. We hope you enjoyed the experience.

Congratulations to all the finalists for their achievement!

See more upcoming events via our events listings below.

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