Genee 2016 finalists
From 86 semi finalists, the judges for the 2016 Genee International Ballet Competition have chosen 12 finalists who will dance at the Sydney Opera House next Sunday, 11 December.
Eight of the finalists are Australian, three are British and one Japanese.
All the British finalists are from from Elmhurst Ballet School.
The Genee 2016 judges are David McAllister (artistic director of the Australian Ballet), Kevin Oâ€™Hare, (artistic director of the Royal Ballet) and Francesco Ventriglia, (artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet).
The 86 semi finalists included dancers from New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Cyprus, the United States, Japan, Korea and Brazil although more than half were Australians.
The 12 finalists are:
Madison Ayton, Australian, Annette Roselli Dance Academy
Talia Fidra, Australian, Claudia Dean Coaching
Mamiko Inoue, Japanese, Morikawa Satomi Ballet Academy
Maeve Nolan, Australian, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy
Evelyn Roberts, Australian, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Jessi Seymour, Australian, Alegria Dance Studios
Jade Wallace, British, Elmhurst Ballet School
Alexandra Walton, Australia, The Teresa Johnson Ballet School
Brayden Gallucci, Australian, Alegria Dance Studios
Joshua Price, Australian, The Dance Centre/Amanda Bollinger
Hamish Scott, British, Elmhurst Ballet School
Connor Williams, British, Elmhurst Ballet School
Kanon Kondo from Japan won the Dancerâ€™s Own Choreography Award
This an updated post. An earlier version omitted the finalist, Mamiko Inoue, and in her place incorrectly listed another semi finalist.