The Barbara Geoghegan Award
for students of the Cecchetti Method  

This award was created in 1998 to honour Barbara Geoghegan in recognition of her devotion to the promotion of the Cecchetti Method over many years. The award is a bronze figure of a ballet dancer which is held by the winner for one year and prize money up to £2000. The runner-up is awarded £700.  The award is open to male and female students.

The Barbara Geoghegan Award takes place annually in November at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

The competition commences with the Cecchetti first set of ports de bras followed by an unset class at Intermediate to Advanced 1 level. A full barre will be given prior to going on stage.   Candidates participate on stage in the same unset class along with Fewster Scholarship Competitors but in addition Candidates will perform a pre rehearsed solo variation of their choice from a classical ballet.  The female variation must be danced on pointe.  Competitors should wear the following:

Male : dark tights and fitted white top or dark all in one.
Female : for the class a practice leotard with pink ballet tights and either soft blocks or flat shoes.

Solo variation to be performed in costume. No hair ornaments may be worn for the class and the only jewellery allowed is earrings for females. 


  1. Candidates must be between15 - 21 years of age as at the 1st September of the year of the competition.
  2. Candidates must hold the Cecchetti Intermediate Examination certificate or a higher Cecchetti Examination certificate.
  3. Candidates should be studying Classical Ballet at a Vocational School but could be from a Non - Vocational School.
  4. Solo variation to be performed in costume. Female variations on pointe.
  5. Music for solo variation to be sent on a CD. This MUST be included with the entry form as the master CD will be given to the technical manager at the Lilian Baylis two weeks before the Award.

The variation will on CD. This MUST be included with the entry form as the CD will be given to the technical manger at the Lilian Baylis two weeks before the Award to ensure the CD plays.

Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship & Barbara Geoghegan Award Additional Prizes

In addition to the prize money listed in the rules above, an Award of £600 each is presented for Musicality and Promising Young Dancer and can be given to competitors participating in either the Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship or Barbara Geoghegan Award

Entry & Contact Details

Further information about this Award and an application form is available from

Awards Organiser: Lisa Hunter
Tel: 01832 272981