Elmhurst students regularly work towards competition entry. Recent successes have included:
Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition 2014
Elmhurst achieved wonderful success at the Barbara Geoghegan Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Awards held at the Lillian Baylis Theatre in London and adjudicated by Dame Monica Mason and David Bintley. Out of the 47 entries, our students were the winners and runners-up for both the Barbara Geoghegan and Fewster Scholarships, and students received two further commendation prizes.
The prize winners were also selected to represent the UK at the 2014 CICB Competition. The successful students are Yujin Muraishi, Rosanna Ely, Grace Hume and Mami Hagihara. This competition was judged by Susan Jaffe (former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and now their ballet mistress), Nancy Kilgour FISTD (National Ballet of Canada), Joshua Peugh (Associate choreographer, Bruce Wood Dance Project Contemporary), Trinette Singleton LISTD (former principal dancer Joffrey Ballet and Co-artistic director Repertory Dance Theatre), and Ben Stevenson (former dancer Sadlerís Wells Royal Ballet, Principal dancer London Festival Ballet, Artistic director Texas Ballet Theatre).
Genée International Competition 2013
The prestigious Genée International Competition was held in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Adjudicators for the final round were Darcey Bussell, Kevin O'Hare and Christopher Hampson. Two Elmhurst students, Padua Eaton and Maki Sekuzu, progressed to the finals to represent the school. Padua was awarded the special choreographic award for the creation of her free solo.
Barbara Geoghegan Award,
Wells Theatre, 19-20 November 2011
Takeshi Watanabe was awarded the Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship and the Barbara Geoghegan Award. Miles Gilliver was runner up for the Barbara Geoghegan Award. Joe Taylor received a special mention in the Barbara Geoghegan Award.
Genée International Dance Awards, Sadler's Wells Theatre, November
Seven Elmhurst students entered the 2010 International Genée Ballet Competition. Orazio Di Bella was awarded a Bronze Medal, one of only five medals awarded at the competition.
Prix de Lausanne, 2010
Two Elmhurst students were invited to compete at the 2010 Prix de Lausanne
Yamato Mashiko danced a variation from Le Corsaire and Lewis Turner performed Albrechtís solo from Giselle Act II. Both students danced Cathy Marstonís Libera Me as their contemporary solo. Lewis won the Contemporary Prize and came seventh in the classical section.
Takeshi Watanabe, winner of the Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship and the Barbara Geoghegan Award at the 2011 Cecchetti Competition; photo: Elaine Mayson