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Genée International Ballet Competition

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 10:30 am - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 10:30 pm

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One event on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm


One of the dance world’s most prestigious events, the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) Genée International Ballet Competition returns to Toronto for the first time since 2008. Open to the public to attend, the Semi-Finals and Final will be an exhilarating showcase as some of the finest young dancers from around the world compete toe-to-toe for gold, silver and bronze awards and valuable industry recognition. Each competitor will perform three solos: a 19th or 20th century variation; an individual piece choreographed for the candidate, by a teacher friend, or themselves; and a world-premiere by internationally esteemed choreographer and dancer Gioconda Barbuto – the competition’s 2019 Commissioned Choreographer.

The Genée will also mark a special celebration of one of Canada’s most inspirational figures in dance, Karen Kain (Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada), who will receive the RAD’s highest honour, the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award. Renowned dancers Karen Kain, Dame Monica Mason (Former Director, The Royal Ballet), Mikko Nissinen (Artistic Director, Boston Ballet) and Magdalena Popa (Principal Artistic Coach, National Ballet of Canada) will serve as the 2019 judges.

WHEN: Semi-Finals: Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27 at 10:30am
Final: Thursday, August 29 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Semi-Finals: Canada’s National Ballet School, Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St., Toronto
Final: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts,145 Queen St. West, Toronto

TICKETS: Tickets start at $50 and go on sale starting April 1, 2019 at royalacademyofdance.org/genee-tickets.


Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 10:30 am
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 10:30 pm
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Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen St W
Toronto, ON M5H 4G1 Canada
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