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Competition details

Now in 2021, we are hosting the awards in a digital format. Members and teachers who are either living in Malta or are of Maltese nationality are invited to film their students performing set work and submit the video/s for adjudication. 

The Cecchetti Malta Awards incorporate two categories:

  • The Cecchetti Junior Award, suitable for pupils aged 13-15 years
  • The Tanya Bayona Senior Award, suitable for pupils aged 15-20 years 

Entries are now open and will close on 30 October 2021. Once you've entered, video submissions are due by 1pm (CET), Friday 19 November 2021. Late entries will not be accepted.

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Special thanks to the team of local event organisers: Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud, Johane Casabene, Mireille Coleiro, Brigitte Gauci Borda, Nina Zammit and Nicola Zammit.

Entry Criteria

The 2021 Awards will be held digitally. Candidates may be filmed either at the studio or at home.

Candidates must be receiving training in the Cecchetti Method and may participate subject to the approval of their Cecchetti teacher. Candidates must have studied the Cecchetti Method for a period of one year prior to entering for the Awards.

Candidates entering the Awards should have gained the relevant examination with a minimum of 70% pass.

Candidates must be residents of Malta/Maltese nationals.

Dress Regulation must be adhered to. 

Candidates shall agree to abide by ALL the rules laid down for the competition and shall accept the Adjudicator’s decision as final.

The Cecchetti Junior Award:

Competitors must be aged between 13-15 years old by 1 September 2021 and must have passed Grade 6 in ISTD Cecchetti Method. The work will be judged at Intermediate level.

A competitor who has won the Junior award may not re-enter this category.

1st and 2nd place will be awarded.

Classwork to be presented

Teacher’s Choice:

  • Grade 6 or Intermediate Foundation Port de Bras;
  • Grade 6 Adage: Attitudes or Intermediate Foundation Adage: Arabesques;
  • Any one of the Grade 6 or Intermediate Foundation Petit Allegro;
  • Any one of the Grade 6 or Intermediate Foundation Grand Allegro;
  • Solo - under 1 minute, to be set by the teacher (solo not on pointe);
  • Grade 6 Révérence.

The Tanya Bayona Senior Award:

Competitors must be aged between 15-20 years old by 1 September 2021 and must have passed Intermediate in ISTD Cecchetti Method. The work will be set at Advanced 1 level.

A competitor who has won this award may not re-enter the competition.

1st and 2nd place will be awarded.

Classwork to be presented...

  • Second set of Port de Bras;

Teacher’s Choice:

  • Any one Adage from the Advanced 1 syllabus with the exception of Study for Promenades;
  • Any one of the Advanced 1 Petit Allegro;
  • Any one of the Advanced 1 Grand Allegro;
  • Solo – approx. 1 minute to be set by the teacher and may include Repertoire. Solo – must be on pointe/include virtuosity
  • Révérence.

Dress code 

Candidates should wear what they usually wear in a ballet class.

We kindly request the following are not worn: 

  • skirts, 
  • high-necked leotards, 
  • shorts,
  • trousers.

Hair must be neatly dressed, away from the face, with no ribbon or flower adornments.

Candidates not adhering to this dress and hair code may be eliminated.

Video Guidance

Upon submission of the entry fee, there will be the dropbox link at the bottom of the Eventbrite ticket, where teachers can upload their competitor’s videos securely.

It is of paramount importance that the video is of good visual quality and that the music can be heard. Videos of poor quality may affect the result of entries.

Videos must be submitted in LANDSCAPE format, not portrait.

Films recorded by a family member are acceptable, but these must be submitted by the teacher.

Video MUST be titled with the name of the competitor, the teacher and the teacher's ISTD Membership number.

Terms and Conditions

Anyone competing in this online event does so at their own risk. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing will not accept any responsibility for any injury howsoever caused.

A media consent form will be circulated to those who have applied to enter. Written consent must be obtained for competitors’ and any additional performers from parents/carers/guardians before submitting video/s.

By entering the competitors’ videos, you have agreed on the competitor's behalf, if they are selected as a winner or for any commendation, for their name and possibly footage of them dancing, to be published on the Society website and other media channels.

Upon submission of your application on the competitor’s behalf, you are agreeing to the criteria set above and that you agree to adhere to health and safety regulations and the competitor rules.

Winners entry video footage may be kept and used by the Society for any promotional purposes for up to two years, all other video entries will be deleted within 10 working days of winners and commendations being announced.

No refunds are payable once an entry has been made and payment received.

The Adjudicators’ decision is final, individual feedback will not be provided.

The competition relies on a certain number of entries being received. If insufficient entries are received the competition may not be able viable and in this case, entry fees will be returned. Competitors must be made aware of this by their teacher in advance. If the competition cannot take place teachers will be advised by email.

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