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2017 Genée International Ballet Competition

Six Ballet West students competed in the Genee International Ballet Competition 2017, in Lisbon in September 2017. 

They trained with the other 52 candidates from 14 countries in classes and coaching of their solo dances. 

They enjoyed and learned a great deal from this wonderful opportunity that they worked so hard to be a part of throughout the summer.

Taking part in the competition in 2017 were

Charlotte Bagnall (BA(hons) student)

Storm Norris (BA(hons) student)

Nancy Reid (BA(hons) student)

Rebecca Strain (BA(hons) student)

Emma Thomas (2017 Graduate)

Evangelyn Wong (2017 Graduate)

Phyllis Bedells Bursary 2017

Congratulations to Ballet West 1st Year, Hortense Malaval, whose performance of 'Esquisser' won the Choreographic Award. Congratulations are also due to Natasha Watson who choreographed her beautiful solo.

We are very proud of both 1st years, Hortense and Romy, who took part in this prestigious competition on 26th March 2017.

BBC Young Dancer Competition 2017

Huge congratulations to Ballet West students Uyu Hiromoto and Oscar Ward who took part in the classical ballet finals of the BBC Young Dancer competition.

They were 2 of only 5 classical dancers selected from the whole of the UK and performed on TV. 

2016 Genée International Ballet Competition

Evangelyn Wong, Emma Thomas, Oscar Ward, Karen Ferry and Rebecca Strain represented Ballet West at the 2016 competition in Sydney, Australia. 


Solo Seal  - Uyu Hiromoto

Uyu Hiromoto has been awarded the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) Solo Seal Award, the highest vocational graded examination of the RAD, focusing on solo performance.

“This is an extraordinary achievement for Uyu, and so well deserved. We are all immensely proud of her. Uyu is a dancer of exceptional talent and dedication, and an outstanding student”, says Ballet West’s Principal, Gillian Barton.

Uyu from Yokohama, Japan, was a finalist in the 2015 Genée International Ballet Competition. She joined Ballet West as a first-year student in January 2016, and has danced starring roles in the Ballet West 2016 Scottish tour of The Nutcracker, and principal roles in Swan Lake in 2017. Uyu was one of the top team from Ballet West who visited Penang in June to work with young Malaysian dancers in workshops and a showcase performance.

Uyu is following in the distinguished footsteps of Ballet West alumnus, Natasha Watson, who followed her success in the Genée International Ballet Competition with the Solo Seal Award last year.