IDS Proudly Sponsor the 2016 Genée Dance Teacher Cocktail Party and Conference!

As 2016 draws to a close we can’t help but reflect on, not only IDS’s, but one of the dance industries greatest successes this year. The Genée!

This year saw the 80th anniversary of the Genée head to Sydney, where International Dance Supplies (IDS) sponsored the Genée’s Dance Teacher Cocktail Party and Conference.

IDS were very proud to be offered the opportunity to sponsor this particular event which took place on the 9th December. The Genée is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world so it was an honour for IDS to support the RAD and this event.

The Genée was held in Australia for 2016 as recognition for the countries long commitment to the competition. The event was last held in Australia in 2002 at Sydney Opera house which was the first time the event was held outside the UK and where the event also saw young Sydney native, Steven McRae take Gold.

Delegates at the Dance Teacher Cocktail Party and Conference enjoyed a performance excerpt from Liz Lea’s sensational ‘120 Birds’ and a speech from David McAllister AM, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet.

The Genée attracts the finest young RAD trained dancers from all over the world. Candidates have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers prior to performing at the semi-finals and then the final where they have the opportunity to compete for a range of medals.

This year’s final closed with a spectacular exhibition of young talent as 12 dancers from Australia, Britain and Japan competed for Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. This year’s winners include Gold medallists, Australian dancers Joshua Price and Maeve Nolan; Silver medallists, also both Australian, Talia Fidra and Brayden Gallucci; and Bronze medallists include Australian Madision Ayton and British Hamish Scott. Finally, the Choreographic award was presented to Japanese dancer Kanon Kondo aged 16.

Information Source: Royal Academy of Dance