Southern Area Awards

25th march 2018 - Results

Junior Section

Winner Takondwa Simfukwe Glynis Hall  
Runners Up Daisy Torode Jacky Wood & Remi Amara Georgiades Wendy Tucknott

Lower Middle Section

Winner Jessica Baker Glynis Hall   
Runner Up Angus Freeman Wendy Tucknott                                               
Vacani Award Rida Rasalie Amy Heather  

Upper Middle Section

Winner Isobel Buche Sandra Powell/Hayley Cheneler                  
Runner Up Poppy Tidey Mechele Lefkaridi
Molly Caulder Shield Poppy Tidey  Mechele Lefkaridi

Senior Section

Winner Amy Griffiths  Sandra Powell 
Runner Up Elisa Smith Mechele Lefkaridi
Barbara Geoghegan Cup Summer Avedissian Sandra Powell/Hayley Cheneler    

review 2018

On Sunday 25th March the 36th annual Cecchetti Southern Area Awards were held at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, West Sussex.  This event founded by the late Molly Caulder was organised by Penelope Walker and Mechele Lefkaridi, with the wonderful support of teachers, families and helpers, who all generously gave their time to support the Awards.  A full auditorium enhanced the atmosphere as Mechele Lefkaridi gave a warm welcome and introduced Mrs Linda Isaacs as the Adjudicator for the Junior Section and the pianist Liz Hewson. There were 43 children in this category for 7/8 year olds, dancing a solo set dance called ‘Seeking’. During her adjudication Linda Isaacs was most encouraging, and told the young dancers that they were really all winners simply for entering, working hard and performing well.  Her choice of winner was given to the young dancer who she felt really told the story in her solo.

The Upper Middle section for 11/13 year olds followed. The class work was presented by Hayley Cheneler and adjudicated by Miss Alison Jenner, with Linda Isaacs adjudicating the Molly Caulder Award for the ‘Joy of Dance’. Alison Jenner gave these competitors helpful and encouraging advice with emphasis on good footwork in jumps.

Following lunch, it was the turn of the Lower Middle group consisting of 32 candidates of 9/10 years olds. The work was again presented by Hayley Cheneler and adjudicated by Alison Jenner, with Linda Isaacs deciding the Vacani Award for the ‘Joy of Dance’.   Both Adjudicators gave sympathetic and helpful comments, particularly regarding the position of the arms in 3rd arabesque, which should be extended but not stiff and overstretched.

The Senior Section for 14/16 year olds concluded the day and the work was presented by Miss Sandra Powell.  This particularly strong section was a joy to watch and gave both Adjudicators a difficult task.  Alison Jenner judged the main award and Linda Isaacs the Barbara Geoghegan Cup for Musicality. The competitors from the Lower Middle Award were able to watch this section and were obviously interested in seeing how they could progress in future.

All the sections were expertly accompanied by Liz Hewson who showed her usual sensitivity, so important in helping bring out the best in the young dancers.

I am sure Enrico Cecchetti would be happy to know, that thanks to talented young dancers and their encouraging teachers, his legacy continues down through the generations.  A very enjoyable day was had by all and the 2019 awards are eagerly awaited.

Mary Hepworth-Taylor

2019 awards

Sunday 17th March 2019
The Barn Theatre, Southwick,
Sussex, BN42 4TE

The next Cecchetti Southern Area Awards will take place on Sunday 17th March 2019. The specific aim of these Awards is encouraging children who are only able to attend one ballet class per week, known as the "once a week" child.

There are four sections.  Junior competitors show a set dance.  The Lower Middle and Upper Middle sections, and the Seniors show the award set classwork and a longer "solo" enchaînement.  The Vacani Award in the Lower Middle section, the Molly Caulder Award in the Upper Middle section, both for the Joy of Dance, and the Barbara Geoghegan Cup in the Senior section, for Musicality, are adjudicated separately within the competition.

Entry Criteria

The competitor must have been studying Cecchetti for a minimum of one year prior to the competition, with a teacher who regularly enters pupils for Cecchetti examinations.

  • Junior - age 7 and under 9, guide level Standard 1
  • Lower Middle - age 9 and under 11, guide level Standard 2 (no Grade 4 or higher)
  • Upper Middle - age 11 and under 14, guide level Standards 3 & 4 (no Grade 6 or higher)
  • Senior - age 14 and under 17, guide level Standards 5 & 6 (no Inter Foundation or higher)

All Scholars, Cecchetti and Royal Ballet Associates, those taking part in the London Cecchetti Children's and Mabel Ryan Awards and children attending vocational schools are not eligible to enter this competition, suited to the 'once weekly class' pupil.


For further information about these Awards please contact: -

Contact: Penelope Walker
Tel: 07583 143895

Contact: Mechele Lefkaridi
Tel: 07738 831616