Ninette de Valois Junior Choreographic Award 2013
The annual Ninette de Valois Junior Choreographic Award was held at White Lodge on Wednesday 27 March. This award, dedicated to the memory of the School’s founder, is open to Years 7, 8 and 9 (students aged 11–13yrs). Dame Ninette placed great importance on choreography and it remains today as a cornerstone of the School’s training, starting in year 7 and continuing through to Year 13 at the Upper School. This year there was a total of 23 entries of which 13 were selected to be performed in front of a full audience and an eminent panel of judges.
o Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet,
o Jeanetta Laurence, Associate Director of The Royal Ballet
o Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence.
Peter Wilson once again generously sponsored the first, second and third prizes and John Mitchell presented the Folder Prize for the best Choreography Notes.
The Prizes were awarded as follows:
o First Prize: ‘Electricity’ - Francesca A’Hern
o Second Prize: ‘Fingal’s Cave’ - James Large
o Third Prize: ‘Divided’ - Adam Hilton and Samuel Anderson
o The John Mitchell Folder Prize: ‘Bird of Joy’ - Samara Langham
o The James Monahan Medal for Best Choreographer: ‘Electricity’ - Francesca A’Hern
Two further prizes were awarded:
o The Valerie Adams Award for Exceptional Talent in Dance Quality and Musicality to: Megan Cameron, Finn Cooke and Charlotte Edmonds (Year 11)
o The April Olrich Award for Dynamic Performance to: Constance Vowels (Year 11)
Photograph: Marius Arnold-Clarke