Adeline Genée Silver Trophy Competition

South African forerunner competition


The Genée Awards are held in honour of the first President of the Royal Academy of Dance, Dame Adeline Genée. The South African branch of the RAD is extremely honoured and indeed proud to have received in 1937 a magnificent silver trophy from Dame Genée herself, and to be the only country to host a forerunner competition to the Genée International Ballet Competition.

The Genée International Ballet Competition represents the pinnacle of achievement for young people trained in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. The competition is dedicated to promoting and rewarding standards of excellence in young ballet dancers internationally. This is achieved by offering aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and professionals as well as the chance to perform on an international stage.

Since 2002, the competition has been held on five continents, in cities including Singapore, Cape Town, London, Toronto and Sydney. The competition identifies talented young dancers and often launches them on a professional career.

Three medals are usually awarded – gold, silver and bronze – in a male and female category. They are awarded completely at the Judges' discretion and as such a gold medal is not always awarded in both categories. The medalists also receive prize money.

Further information relating to the Genée International Ballet Competition to be held in London is available on the RAD international website:

Both the local and international competition is open to dancers who are current members of the Royal Academy of Dance, are under the age of twenty years, are of pre-professional status and who have passed the RAD Intermediate, Advanced 1 as well as Advanced 2 examination in Classical Ballet (Advanced 2 with Distinction).

The winner of the Adeline Genée Silver Trophy Competition receives full sponsorship to represent South Africa at the Genée International Ballet Competition.


2016 Adeline Genée Silver Trophy Competition

Wits Theatre, Braamfontein – Johannesburg

Sunday 16 October 2016

Tickets are R100 and booking can be made at the RAD in Johannesburg from end September. Time to be confirmed.

The winner of this competition will receive full sponsorship to represent South Africa at the Genée International Ballet Competition in Sydney in December this year.

The Genée International Ballet Competition will return to Sydney, Australia for the first time since 2002. The Semi-finals will be held at the Concourse in Chatswood from 7–9 December, with the Final at Sydney Opera House on 11 December.

We can also announce that Steven McRae, the 2002 gold medal winner and Royal Ballet Principal, is the Genée Ambassador for 2016. This year's judges will include David McAllister, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet, Francesco Ventriglia, Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet and Kevin O'Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet. Tim Harbour is the Commissioned Choreographer.

Candidate applications will open on 1 July until 3 October. Tickets are already selling fast so book early to guarantee your seat. Eligibility criteria and booking details can be found at


2015 Adeline Genée Silver Trophy Competition

Four Royal Academy of Dance trained students competed in the Adeline Genée Silver Trophy Competition at the Victory Theatre, Johannesburg on Sunday 9th August 2015.

The programme included a very artistic and musical class on stage by Liane Lurie, with music accompaniment by Michael-John Sheehan. In addition each competitor performed two solos – a 19th Century classical ballet repertoire variation and Dancer's Own, a solo choreographed specifically for them by their teacher or coach, to a piece of music of their choice.

The competition was judges by Vicki Karras, Manuel Noram and Anya Carstens. Candidates were assessed on their Class work and the two Variations and the judges were asked to use the same criteria used at the Semi Finals and the Final of the Genée International Ballet Competition.

The Academy is extremely grateful to management and the extended Joburg Ballet company for their invaluable support and for affording the RAD the opportunity to include in our 2015 programme dance pieces from their repertoire.

Last year's winner is 16 year old Megan Gerber of Johannesburg. Megan is trained by June Melville and Dorothy de Witt. She has won numerous championships, bursaries and awards as well as the RAD's Friends of the Ballet Advanced 1 Bursary and the Genée Dance Challenge in 2011. She was a finalist in the Val Whyte Bursary and participated in the South African International Ballet Competition held in Cape Town in 2014. She is currently part of the Joburg Ballet Academy.

Megan received full sponsorship to represent South Africa at the Genée International Ballet Competition in London in September where she was chosen as one of the eleven finalists.

The other talented competitors in this year's Silver Trophy Competition were: Leroy Mokgatle (Genée Gold Medallist); Luisa Higgo and Robert van den Aardweg (Genée finalist).

We also extend congratulations to Julie Anne Jones who was one of eight international students to receive the new Darcey Bussell Genée Bursary. As the purpose of the SA forerunner competition is to fully sponsor a student to partake in the international event and because Julie already had full sponsorship from the Academy, she was not eligible to enter the Silver Trophy Competition this year. Julie is from Pretoria and has trained in various dance genres. She is a member of Pro Arte Academy Senior School and is taught by Christopher Montague and Tanja Graafland. She is also a member of the Youth Dance Company of Tshwane directed by Sue Kirkland.