SWR report on the opening of the John Cranko School

1st December 1971

successes and prizes of our students

Graduate of the John Cranko School Alice McArthur wins the Genée Gold Medal of the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet competition 2021
Alice McArthur, a student of the John Cranko School, has won the Genée Gold Medal of the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2021 (formerly Genée International Ballet Competition). The Royal Academy of Dance in London held the competition virtually for the first time this year. The native New Zealander (born 2004) has been a student at the John Cranko School since 2020.

Initially, the coaches, who included former Royal Ballet Principals Edward Watson and Leanne Benjamin, gave online lessons. Eventually, 15 dancers were selected for the final. In the final of the competition, Alice McArthur danced an excerpt from a Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake, her own choreography called Haumoana (Maori for "sea breeze") and a choreography by Ashley Page, which all finalists had to rehearse and perform via video link.
The virtual competition allowed 114 dancers from 18 countries to participate.

We congratulate Alice on this extraordinary award!

Further information on the competition:

Graduate of the John Cranko School Danil Zinovyev wins the 1st prize of the Grand Prix Kiev 2021
Danil Zinovyev, a student of Academy A of the John Cranko School, today won the first prize of the Grand Prix Kiev 2021. The jury included well-known personalities, including Laurent Hilaire, Nina Ananiashvili and Leonid Sarafanov, as well as former Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet Vladimir Malakhov.

The competition was held online this year. Danil prevailed over his competitors with a training lesson in front of the camera, a classical variation from the ballet Marco Spada by Pierre Lacotte and the contemporary solo Serpentine - created especially for him by Joshua Green, who is also an Academy A student of the John Cranko Schule. After completing his ballet training this year at the John Cranko School, Danil Zinovyev will join the Stuttgart Ballet company as an Apprentice in the 2021/22 season.

Congratulations to this extraordinary achievement and international recognition, Danil!

Grand Prix Kiev

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radio report from 29.09.2020 in SWR2