I was recently made aware of a free app for dancers! The Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 app (Genée app) is for iPhone, Android, and tablet users and is free to download. The app was designed to give users a unique view inside the flagship event of the Royal Academy of Dance since 1931: the Genée International Ballet Competition. Last September the event was held in Scotland where 58 dancers from 14 different countries trained for nine day to compete on stage at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow.
Contenders performed a solo of their choosing as well as a traditional variation from a Petipa, Ashton, or MacMillan ballet. Those who moved into the Finals also performed a female or male variation choreographed by Canadian Robert Binet.
The app was produced by Dance Gazette, the magazine of the Royal Academy of Dance. It is very intuitive, with instructions on how to navigate to follow the week long journey of dancers in the competition. You can watch videos, look at pictures, read information, and bookmark sections you might want to return to again. If you ever get stuck on a screen with no indication of how to close it or how to move to another screen, just tap the center of the screen and you’ll be returned to where you were.
“The Genée is an extraordinary experience. Competing internationally and being seen by artistic directors is a great opportunity. Past winners have gone on to have fulfilling careers in the best companies around the world.” – RAD President and prima ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE
The videos allow you to see each day of the event through short narrations by Artistic Director Lynn Wallis, with dancers active in the studio and on stage in the background. She tells what it means to be a part of the competition and what the experience provides to all the dancers, not just those who win. Each video is best viewed landscape, but you must then turn your phone back around to get back to the app.
There are pictures and quotes throughout of previous winners, judges, accompanists, and other involved in making the Genée successful. You can click on the + to see the caption for a picture and click on the “ (quotation mark) for quotes. It doesn’t take long to get a feel for the competition’s atmosphere and the app is fun as well as educational. This was a fantastic way for the Royal Academy of Dance to share this annual event with the public!
For more information, to buy tickets to the 2014 Genée competition in Antwerp, and to download the app, go to: https://www.rad.org.uk/achieve/the-genee/genee-2013-1/videos-and-photos