Anatalia Hordov makes Genée Final

Genee Finalist Anatalia HordovAmerican ballerina Anatalia Hordov is one of only 12 dancers to be announced as a finalist at the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) 2015 Genée International Ballet Competition, currently taking place at Sadler’s Wells in London. This also makes her the first recipient of the Darcey Bussell Genée Bursaries to reach the Genée Final.


A record 76 contestants from 16 countries have been whittled down to these chosen 12; all set to compete in the first Genée Final ever to be streamed online. Other finalists hail from the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Canada and New Zealand.


Having made it through two days of semi-finals judged by Dame Monica Mason DBE (former director of The Royal Ballet), David Nixon OBE (artistic director of Northern Ballet) and Jeanetta Laurence OBE (former associate director of The Royal Ballet), the finalists now stand to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals this Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. (British Standard Time).


The Final will be judged by Chair of the Panel of Judges, Dame Monica Mason, along with David Bintley CBE, artistic director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and David Nixon. Three medals are usually awarded at the Final – gold, silver and bronze – in male and female categories. They are awarded completely at the judges’ discretion and, as such, a gold medal is not always awarded. The medalists also receive prize money of £5,000, £3,000 or £2,000.


The Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award (sponsored by Freed of London, with a prize generously supported by the Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund) as well as a Choreographic Award (sponsored by Mondor) for the best Dancer’s Own variation are also given. The winner of this year’s Choreographic Award is Jana Baldovino from New Zealand, trained by Paula Hunt and Helen Calman.


Saturday’s final will be the first in the competition’s history to be live streamed. Viewers will have access to exclusive online content, including interviews and a glimpse backstage during the intervals. They will also be able to cast their vote (via text message) for their favourite dancer to win the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, to download a copy of the Genée programme and to see a selection of their tweets appear onscreen.


The final will also feature a special performance by Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli, principal dancers of The Royal Ballet, dancing Romeo & Juliet, Act 1 Pas-de-deux.


For more information on American ballerina Anatalia Hordov, read her bio on the Santa Clarita Ballet website here. For more information on the live stream, read this article in our September edition. Visit for further information. See the complete list of finalists below.


2015 Genée International Ballet Competition Finalists:

– Lania Atkins from Australia, trained by Mark Reily, Peta Frith, Tamar Arzoumalian & Julie Wells

– Sara Carver from Canada, trained by Yao Ping Zhu, Isabel Yuan & Fiona Smith

–  Madison Cronin from New Zealand, trained by Lucinda Dunn, Julie Wells & Katie Pianoff

– Megan Gerber from South Africa, trained by June Melville, Dorothy De Witt & Iain McDonald

– Makensie Henson from Australia, trained by Prudence Bowen & Heidi Landford

– Uyu Hiromoto from Japan, trained by Moritoshi Kudo & Sakae Maruyama

– Anatalia Hordov from the USA, trained by Corinne Glover & Danica Primo

– Honoka Ishihara from Japan, trained by Mika Tamaru

– Paige Rochester from Australia, trained by Prudence Bowen & Heidi Landford

– Drew Jackson from the United Kingdom, trained by Samira Saidi & Irek Mukhamedov

– Leroy Mokgatle from South Africa, trained by Christopher Montague, Sayward Harris, Angelique Harris, Heidi Wright & Angela Malan

– Robert van den Aardweg from South Africa, trained by Christopher Montague, Sayward Harris, Angelique Harris, Heidi Wright & Angela Malan


Photo: Anatalia Hordov. Photo by Wendy Winquest Photography.