Genée medallists for 2015

The Gold medal winner in this year’s Genée International Ballet Competition went to Leroy Mokgatle from South Africa.

Mokgatle, 15, also won the Margot Fonteyn Audience Award.

Watching the live steam from London, it was very clear why Mokgatle was honoured with Gold, a medal not awarded every year.

His focus, stage presence and finesse, were remarkable for someone so young.

Australian girls were the other medalists, Lania Atkins, who won a Silver medal and who trains at The Dance Spot, Sydney and Makensie Henson, who won a Bronze medal and trains at Prudence Bowen Atelier on the Gold Coast.

The Choreographic Award for the best “dancer’s own” work went to Jana Baldovino, 15, from New Zealand.

Although all the winners are 15, the contrast in their height is clear from the only photo available to date.

This year’s contest, held at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, was streamed worldwide for the first time in the Genée’s history.

The judges were Monica Mason, David Bintley and David Nixon.

Of the 12 finalists only one was from the United Kingdom. That might be just a little concerning for the all-British judging panel and the RAD itself, an institution born in the UK.

The competition will return to Sydney next year.

Here’s a clip of Mokgatle performing a year ago.

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Genee winners 2015, Lania Atkins, Jana Baldovino, Leroy Mokgatle and Makensie Henson, photo © Elliot Franks