Spring is in the Air!
Cecchetti Choreographic Competition 2013
The annual Cecchetti Choreographic Competition took place on Sunday 3rd March at Cecil Sharp House, London on the edge of Regent’s Park. The sunny, early spring day outside was certainly reflected in the buzz of activity and the creative flowering of choreographic ideas inside the hall! The competition adjudicators were Sara Gallie and Roland Thompson and they both brought great experience, humour and charm to the daunting task of assessing 88 dances by the budding young choreographers. Sara ‘s own Cecchetti training, her performing career with the Royal Ballet Company and her wide experience as ballet mistress and teacher, allowed her to bring empathy and insight to her adjudication of the Choreography. Roland’s skill and expertise in the area of ballet accompaniment, as well as his breadth of experience as a music examiner, lecturer and teacher allowed him to give invaluable encouragement in his adjudication of Musicality.
The competition has three sections - Junior, Middle and Senior with categories in each for solos, duets and groups. The restriction of only using simple, part costume helps to really focus the eye on the choreography and the ear on the choice of musical accompaniment. It was a great pleasure to see how familiar ideas and themes chosen by the younger children such as fairy tales, animals, toys, dreams and magic can be freshly interpreted by a new generation of young choreographers. There were also many entries that were genuinely humorous - a difficult thing to achieve well in dance. The senior students’ choice of theme for choreography tended to the more abstract and serious, exploring moods, feelings, moral dilemmas and issues; but again it was interesting to see real innovation. All the competitors were congratulated by Sara Gallie on their wealth of original choreographic ideas.
The choice of music throughout the competition was also hugely varied and Roland Thompson congratulated all the choreographers on the imaginative musical selections made to realise their ideas and give each piece a well structured beginning, middle and end. He highlighted the importance of finding a natural musical ending, rather than an abrupt one, and particularly complimented the younger students on the sympathetic editing of their music.
The standard of choreography was uniformly high at all levels, as was the actual performance of the pieces by the 120 young dancers. The Adjudicators gave many Commendations in all sections for both Choreography and Musicality. The Runners Up and Winners in each section, and the overall competition winners were all very well deserving of their awards.
The event was run by members of the Cecchetti Group who had given generously of their time to organise the day. Their cheerful and efficient team work was excellent and whilst there are too many to mention individually, a very special thanks is due to Wendy Mitchell as she steps down from the role of Organiser after 12 years - her calm leadership will be greatly missed.
2013 Results - (Teacher's name in brackets)
Winner Choreography & Musicality: Spark of Fire by Raphaela Frederica Jewell (Penny Kay)
Runner up Choreography & Musicality: Sing by Isabella Mattera (Sara Baker)
Winner Choreography: The Puppet Show by Lola Walters & Madeleine Whithouse (Jane Worsley)
Winner Musicality: The Puppet Show by Lola Walters & Madeleine Whithouse (Jane Worsley)
Runner Up Musicality: The Gallery by Andrea Casale & Sasha Lemon (Melanie Bull & Susan Handy)
Runner Up Choreography: The Gallery by Andrea Casale & Sasha Lemon (Melanie Bull & Susan Handy)
Winner Choreography: Raunayoik, by Abigail Watson (Vanessa Gardner - Marist Prep School)
Winner Musicality: Wizard's Waterfall by Rebecca Watson (Vanessa Gardner, Marist Prep School)
Runner Up Choreography: Wizard's Waterfall by Rebecca Watson (Vanessa Gardner, Marist Prep School)
Runner Up Musicality: Raunayoik by Abigail Watson (Vanessa Gardner, Marist Prep School)
Winner Choreography & Musicality: The Dance of the Necromancer by Hebe Salmon (Jane Worsley)
Runner up Choreography & Musicality: The Spirit Within by Emily Galvin (Juliet Locks)
Winner Choreography: In Flight by Gena Davies & Gemma Bovill, (Jane Worsley)
Winner Musicality: Blood Sisters by Jessica Lee & Maisie Ross (Jenny Hall)
Runner Up Choreography: The Duchess by Darcey Regan & Rebecca Atkinson (Jane Worsley)
Runner Up Musicality: In Flight by Gena Davies & Gemma Bovill (Jane Worsley)
Winner Choreography: Silly Syncronicity by Joanne Penner (Jane Worsley)
Winner Musicality: The Minotaur in the Maze by Hebe Salmon (Jane Worsley)
Runner Up Choreography: March of the Penguins by Gena Davies (Jane Worsley)
Runner Up Musicality: Land Girls by Jess Bone (Jane Worsley)
Winner Choreography: Hide & Seek by Emily Slack-Humphrey (Jenny Hall)
Winner Musicality: Ready to be Born by Juliet Martin (Jane Worsley)
Runner Up Choreography: Ready to be Born by Juliet Martin (Jane Worsley)
Runner Up Musicality: Hide & Seek by Emily Slack-Humphrey (Jenny Hall)
Winner Choreography & Musicality: Bedlam by Joseph Chan (Jane Worsley)
Runner Up Choreography & Musicality: Aurora Borealis by Juliet Martin (Jane Worsley)
Susan Handy Overall Musicality Cup: The Dance of the Necromancer - Hebe Salmon (Jane Worsley)
Laura Payne Overall Solo Cup: The Dance of the Necromancer - Hebe Salmon (Jane Worsley)
Barbara Geoghegan Overall Duet Cup: Blood Sisters - Jessica Lee & Maisie Ross (Jenny Hall)
Richard Glasstone Award Overall Trio Group Award: Land Girls - Jess Bone (Jane Worsley)