Media Release: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland dance students take to the Sadler’s Wells stage for international ballet competition semi-final

RCS Genee Ballet Students

FOUR students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) have qualified for one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Royal Academy of Dance Genée.

Held in London from 11– 19 September, this competition will see over 50 of the world’s most talented ballet dancers rehearse with renowned choreographers before performing on the iconic Sadler’s Wells stage to a sold out crowd.

Anya Clarke, Amy Cobb, Joseph Edy and Rachel Humphreys are all about to begin the final year of their studies at RCS on the BA Modern Ballet programme.

They have cut short their summer holidays to return to Glasgow to train for the Genée competition and are excited for the competition:

Speaking during a training session, Modern Ballet student, Anya Clarke, said:

“We have all been training at a summer school in Prague over the holidays, so pretty much all of our spare time was spent rehearsing in open studios in preparation for the Genée.

“I can’t wait to work with the Genée’s commissioned choreographer Charlotte Edmonds and seeing what she’s produced for the competition.”

Scottish student, Amy Cobb, said:

“This is definitely the biggest competition I’ve taken part in to date. I’m hoping to improve on my performing skills.”

The students all study at RCS in its custom-built dance facility, the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks, under the tutelage of head of Modern Ballet, Kerry Livingstone, and an extensive team of tutors from RCS and Scottish Ballet.

Kerry Livingstone, head of Modern Ballet at RCS, said:

“We are so excited that four of our students are competing in the Genée. The competition is for the best young dancers in the world – for RCS to have so many students qualify is fantastic.

“This will be a life-changing experience for all of the competitors – I can’t wait to see their hard work and dedication pay off on stage.”

Notes for editors:

About the Genée International Ballet Competition

Known simply as ‘the Genée’, it is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, attracting the finest young dancers trained in the Royal Academy of Dance’s syllabus, from around the globe.

Candidates receive a unique opportunity to work with renowned choreographers and teachers for five days before performing at the semi-finals and then the final, where they compete for a range of medals.

The final will take place on Saturday 19 September at the prestigious Sadler’s Wells theatre in Islington.

About the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is the nation’s centre of excellence for performing and production arts education. We provide specialised vocational education in dance, drama, music, production and screen to prepare the next generation of professionals for the global workplace.

The BA Modern Ballet programme is delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet and students from across the world audition for a place on the course. The Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks is an award-winning purpose-built dance facility where students receive the highest-quality learning and teaching from an expert teaching team.

Based in the heart of Glasgow, RCS is also a busy performing arts venue; we host over 500 public performances each year and welcome audiences of over 40,000 people to our Renfrew Street campus. Additionally, we also teach over 3,000 part-time learners every year through our Junior Conservatoire and Short Courses departments.

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