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Fonteyn Nureyev Young Dancers Competition
The Royal Academy of Dance with the funding and support of the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation and an additional contribution from the Musical Opera and Ballet Trust is launching an exciting new initiative - The Fonteyn Nureyev Young Dancers Competition. The principal aim of The Fonteyn Nureyev Young Dancers Competition is to provide encouragement and performance experience for young dancers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, between the ages of 10 and 13. The Fonteyn Nureyev Young Dancers Competition will be staged in alternate years starting in December 2005 with five regional heats and the final of the competition is to be staged at Easter in 2006, at a venue to be announced. Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE, President of the Royal Academy of Dance is passionate about the competition and its aims: “Fonteyn and Nureyev became a legendary partnership because they transformed the traditional pas de deux into a dynamic, equal partnership in which every step was infused with fire and passion; and every performance engaged the audience. This competition provides an age group often overlooked, (as they are no longer children but not yet young adults) with a rare opportunity to experience the thrill of performance and a taste of theatre for themselves.” The world-renowned choreographer Gillian Lynne CBE has created four variations, two for males and two for females, exclusively for the competition.