Jodie Tielemans from Grange Park in West Swindon is one of a select group of dancers from across the world to enter the famous Genee ballet competition in September.
A former student at Lydiard Park Academy and New College Swindon, she spent 15 years perfecting her dance technique at Swindon Academy of Dance and has just completed her first year of professional ballet training at The School of Ballet Theatre UK in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
Jodie is possibly the first entrant from Swindon. Before the competition takes place she will work with renowned choreographers and teachers for five days before performing at the semi-finals, and then hopefully at the final.
The Genée International Ballet Competition is an annual event organised by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Also known simply as ‘the Genée’, it is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, attracting the finest young dancers from around the globe.
Only students who pass the final RAD ballet exam with Distinction are eligible to enter the competition which has taken place almost every year since 1931, and is now a truly global
Ballet companies from across the world are always keen to see new talent emerging and keep a close eye on dancers who do well at the Genee.
Jodie said: “I can’t wait to perform at the Genee, it’s a fantastic opportunity to present my artistic and physical skills. All the important decision makers in the ballet world will be watching or at least taking an interest in who does well at the competition so you never know what doors it can open.”
This year, the competition takes place from 10 to19 September at the Stratford Circus Art Centre and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. The judging panel includes Dame Monica Mason DBE (former Director of The Royal Ballet), David Nixon OBE (Artistic Director of Northern Ballet) and David Bintley CBE (Artistic Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet).