Performing arts in Hong Kong

Hongkonger wins Margot Fonteyn award and bronze medal at prestigious ballet competition

The competition for dancers aged 15-19 and organised by Britain’s famous Royal Academy of Dance, was held in Hong Kong and 16-year-old local dancer Jordan Chan took home the award. Gold medals went to Australian Joshua Green and New Zealander Monet Hewitt

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 August, 2018, 5:47pm
UPDATED : Monday, 13 August, 2018, 5:46pm

Hong Kong’s own Jordan Chan Yeuk-hay carried off the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award along with a bronze medal at this year’s Genée International Ballet Competition, which returned to the city for the first time since 2006.

One of only six medallists out of 51 participants from 13 countries, it was quite an achievement and afterwards the 16-year-old couldn’t stop smiling. “I feel amazing!” he said.

Started in 1935, the Genée is one of the world’s oldest and biggest international ballet competitions.

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Presented by Britain’s Royal Academy of Dance, it showcases the top students who’ve completed the academy’s syllabus, now taught in 84 countries worldwide.

This year’s contest brought together 51 contenders aged 15 to 19 for the semi-finals, 14 of whom made it to the final at City Hall Concert Hall on Sunday night.

In front of a packed house, each participant performed three solos, including one created for the event by local choreographer and Hong Kong Dance Award winner Carlo Pacis.

Hong Kong Ballet’s artistic director, Septime Webre, was one of the judges and was full of praise for the “dazzling display of youthful energy” from the young dancers.

Gold medals went to 17-year-old Australian Joshua Green, whose original solo by Richard Causer also bagged the choreographic award; and New Zealander Monet Hewitt, whose performance in Petipa’s Raymonda, was the stand-out of the classical variations.

“Overwhelmed” by her victory, Hewitt’s eyes lit up when asked if she wanted to make ballet her profession: “Yes! I love it! Someday I want to be a principal dancer in a company.”

The table was completed by silver medals for Britain’s Basil James and Australia’s Caitlin Garlick, while Japan’s Enoka Sato celebrated her 17th birthday with a bronze.