Lucie saranova Memorial Award

Madam Saronova was the founding organiser and first chairman of the Australian Cecchetti Society Branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing; her term of office covering a record span of 37 years from 1934 - 1971. Born in Mill Bank, London her associations with Australia go back to 1916 when she set sail for a 3 year tour of Australasia and the Far East with a company which revolved around the talents of English actress and variety star, Ada Reeves. Madam's future husband, Mr. Harry Jacobs, was the musical director and conductor for the company. Although a student of the Maestro Enrico Cecchetti, Madam was already a trained dancer and well seasoned professional of some 8 years before joining the London classes of Cecchetti following her return from the Southern Hemisphere tour. It was on her 9th birthday that her mother took her daughter Lucie for her first dancing lesson. For 3 years she studied with Paul Valentine, a French dancing master of repute who had settled in London; at the same time she also took classes with the Italian dancer Rita Zalmame thus receiving an introduction to the Cecchetti set work.

A pupil of talent she was soon leading a busy life as a child performer in both pantomime and variety, the only venues where English dancers could perform prior to the First World War. Appearing as "Little Lucie", she was soon being noticed by London critics who even in 1911 noted what were to become her strong points as a dancer - namely a strong virtuoso technique, coupled with much versatility.

Her first overseas performances were given during 1917 in India; leading on to her Australian debut at the Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne. The Company Manager for this tour being Mr. T.J. Holt father of our future Prime Minister Harold Holt, through whose influence the Australian Ballet was founded in 1962. Before the end of 1919, "Little Lucie Linda" as she had been known professionally became Lucie Saronova due to the vogue for Russian dancers. No dancer without a Russian name would have been able to gain employment for many years. It was in this same year that Madam was accepted by the Maestro Cecchetti for instruction in his famous method of dance training, now that he had retired from touring and had settled in London to teach.

Soon Saronova had a big decision to make. After giving her one of the few certificates awarded to his English pupils, which proclaimed her right to teach his method, Cecchetti arranged for an audition with the famous director of "Les Ballets Russes", Serge Diaghilev; however at this same time Harry Jacobs proposed marriage. After much soul searching, Madam decided on the latter course - a decision, which she was never to regret as her marriage, gave her one-month short of 67 years of happiness.

Accompanying Ada Reeves for her 3rd tour of Australia in 1921, Madam and Mr. Jacobs decided to settle in Melbourne where the former opened a dance school teaching for many years, also acting as both choreographer and leading dancer in the ballets which proceeded films at both the Capitol and Regent Theatres; whilst Mr. Jacobs become conductor of the Palais Orchestra, St Kilda. Upon her retirement as a performer Madam made one last return to London during 1934 in order to catch up on further developments in dance, before a return to Melbourne where she settled down to solely teach and so pass on the precepts of her beloved Maestro Cecchetti to successive generations of Melbourne dance students. With the advent of the Second World War, she closed her studio but was brought out of retirement by Miss Jean Alexander, the director of the National Theatre Ballet School in 1949. It was in this final phase of her career that she taught a number of students who were instrumental in seeing that her devotion to the precepts of Cecchetti were carried forward.

Always devoted to her dear Maestro, Madam taught his work with skill, along with joy in dance. Thanks to her determination alongside the pioneering efforts of the original Cecchetti teachers in South Australia (Wanda Edwards) and N.S.W. (Estelle Anderson), the Method has become a well-respected force in dance training in all states of this country. By Athol Willoughby O.A.M.

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2018

Lucie Saronova Memorial Award

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2017

Lucie Saronova Memorial Award

The 2017 Lucie Saronova Memorial Awards took place at the Adelaide College of the Arts - TAFE SA on the 14th July and were adjudicated by Roma Egan and Oliver Toth. The audience were entertained by guest performers, 3rd year Adelaide College of the Arts dancers: Felicity Boyd, Jacinta Jeffries, Emma Leggett. Choreographer of work Fluidity, : Jacinta Jeffries . Stage Manager: Kerry Best, Adjudicated Class Teacher & Ballet Mistress: Sally Collard-Gentle, Class Pianist: Fiona Bartlett, and Rehearsal Director: Kay Cranwell. Thank you to all volunteers, the Lucie Saronova Panel and importantly, Cecchetti South Australia who put together a memorable night. A very special thank you to our wonderful sponsor Energetiks and their representative, David Williams for their continued support and generous gifts for the competitors.

Silver Candidate Details

In order of performance:

Laura Van Loon
Ayesha Lucido
Tyler Lindsay
Joshua Hunt
Emily Wilson
Larisa Magda
Tara Newberry
Isabelle Despoja

Gold Candidate Details

In order of performance:


Isabelle Greenwood
Indiana Mccann
Lucy Wilgosh-Kaesler
Amy Gallery
Natalie Koch
Cameron Holmes
Alyssa Hopkins
Emma Holder
Jessi Seymour

Silver Winner

 

Tara Newberry
Teacher: Anne Butler
VCASS, Cecchetti program

Silver Runner Ups (equal)

Joshua Hunt
Teacher: Anne Butler
VCASS, Cecchetti program


Laura Van Loon
Teachers: Jessica & Mike Van Loon
Van Loon Academy

Gold Winner

 

Jessi Seymour
Teachers: Hilary Kaplan & Archibald McKenzie
Alegria Dance Studios

Gold Runner Ups (equal)

Emma Holder
Teachers: Simone Jackson-Pike & Janine Ban
The Perth School of Ballet


Cameron Holmes
Teachers: Robyn Ross & Valerie Jenkins
Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy

2016

Lucie Saronova Memorial Award

Silver LSMA

Winner: Jessi Seymour, NSW, Teachers Hilary Kaplan & Archibald McKenzie, Alegria Dance Studio
Runner Up: Janae Kerr, NSW, Teachers Robyn Ross & Valerie Jenkins, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy
Hon Mention: Milla Brinsden, WA, Teachers Simone Jackson-Pike & Janine Ban, Perth School of Ballet
Hon Mention: Tyler Cameron Lindsay, WA, Teachers Simone Jackson-Pike & Janine Ban, Perth School of Ballet
Hon Mention: Philippa Crawley, VIC, Teacher Justine Morris, Ballarat Ballet Centre

 

Gold LSMA

Winner: Mio Bayly, VIC, Teacher Carole Oliver, Anita Coutts School of Dance, Cecchetti Program
Runner Up: Cameron Holmes, NSW, Teachers Robyn Ross & Valerie Jenkins, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy

2015

Lucie Saronova Memorial Award

Whilst our adjudicators, Kimblerly Davis & Steven Etienne were backstage making difficult decisions, the audience was entertained by The Queensland Ballet, Pre Professional programme students Harley Campbell and Zacharie Dun who performed, during the adjudication A little bit in love, Choreographed by Paul Boyd, Music by Bernstein.

During the award ceremony, each candidate received a Certificate of Participation and Large Dancers Bag filled with goodies presented by David Williams, from our generous sponsor Energetiks. A special thank you to our Rehearsal Director & Ballet Master Mr Guy Wheatstone, Class Pianist Waldemar Lis, Stage Manager Hannah Wegener, Backstage goddesses Sarah Chislett, Jacel Dunn, Helene Gowers and the numerous other members of Cecchetti QLD who helped put together a memorable night.

Silver Candidate Details

In order of performance:


Emma Holder Representing WA
Teacher: Ms Courtney Ban, Mrs Janine Ban and Mrs Simone Jackson-Pike, Perth School of Ballet

Jessica Stratton-Smith Representing SA
Teacher: Barbara Komazec, Barbara Jayne Dance Centre

Natalie Koch Representing QLD
Teacher: Janice Heale, The Dance Centre

Laura Thomas Representing SA
Teacher: Jennifer Pollard

Joshua Jack Price Representing QLD
Teacher: Mrs Janice Heale, The Dance Centre

Noah Benzie-Drayton Representing WA
Teacher: Mrs Janine Ban and Mrs Simone Jackson-Pike, Perth School of Ballet

Jessi Seymour Representing NSW
Teacher: Miss Hilary Kaplan, Alegria

Heidi Freeman Representing VIC
Teacher: Karen Freeman

Philippa Crawley Representing VIC
Teacher: Justine Morris, Ballarat Ballet Centre
Lania Atkins Representing NSW
Teacher: Valerie Jenkins, The Dance Spot

Gold Candidate Details

In order of performance:

Emily Zilm, Representing SA
Teacher: Susan Clisby

Brielle Pond Representing WA
Teacher: Mrs Janine Ban and Mrs Simone Jackson-Pike, Perth School of Ballet

Nicole Johnson Representing WA
Teacher: Mrs Janine Ban and Mrs Simone Jackson-Pike, Perth School of Ballet

Sarah Clisby Representing SA
Teacher: Susan Clisby

Rebecca Blenkinsop Representing VIC
Teacher: Anne Butler, VCASS Cecchetti Program

Brayden Gallucci Representing NSW
Miss Hilary Kaplan & Mr Archibald McKenzie, Alegria
Katie Rose Shawsmith Representing QLD Teacher – Janice Heale, The Dance Centre Max Day Representing NSW Teacher – Miss Hilary Kaplan & Mr Archibald McKenzie, Alegria Lachlan Broughton Representing VIC Teacher – Anne Butler, VCASS Cecchetti Program

Silver Winner

 

Joshua Jack Price (QLD)

Silver Runner Ups (equal)

Emma Holder (WA)

 

Jessi Seymour (NSW)

Gold Winner

 

Rebecca Blenkinsop (VIC)

Gold Runner Ups (equal)

Brayden Gallucci (NSW)

 

Max Day (NSW)

2014

Lucie Saronova Memorial Award

Whilst our adjudicators, Cathy and Steven Heathcote were backstage making difficult decisions, the audience was entertained by Alegria Senior Students performing Itsenaisyys followed by The Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy performing Raymonda.

During the award ceremony, each candidate received a Certificate of Participation and Large Dancers Bag filled with goodies from our generous sponsor Energetiks. A special thank you to our Rehearsal Director & Ballet Master Mr Craig Cathcart, Class Pianist Janet Turner, Stage Manager Irina Mitchell, Backstage goddesses Nina Goodwin, Jane Moran, Emma Moran, Skye Hodges and the numerous other members of Cecchetti NSW who helped put together a memorable night.

Silver Candidate Details

In order of performance:

Cameron Holmes – Representing NSW
Teacher: Donna Holmes

Lacie Roberts – Representing SA
Teacher: Barbara Komazec, Barbara Jayne Dance Centre

Heidi Freeman – Representing VIC
Teacher: Karen Freeman

Bronte Pike – Representing WA
Teacher: Simone Jackson-Pike & Janine Ban, Perth School of Ballet

Joshua Jack Price – Representing QLD
Teacher: Janice Heale, The Dance Centre

Megan Hilder – Representing NSW
Teacher: Annabel Scott & Denise Utz

Katie Rose Shawsmith – Representing QLD
Teacher: Janice Heale, The Dance Centre

Eden Edward Kew – Representing VIC
Teacher: Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School/ Cecchetti @ VCASS Coordinator: Anne Butler

Jessica Stratton-Smith – Representing SA
Teacher: Barbara Komazec Barbara Jayne Dance Centre

Janae Kerr – Representing WA
Teacher: Lani McGeady

Gold Candidate Details

In order of performance:

Heather MacLachlan – Representing WA
Teacher: Beth James, The Conservatoire

Emily Duhne – Representing SA
Teacher: Barbara Komazec, Barbara Jayne Dance Centre

Nicole Johnson – Representing WA
Teacher: Simone Jackson-Pike & Janine Ban, Perth School of Ballet

Mia Sfara – Representing NSW
Teacher: Robyn Ross/Valerie Jenkins/Elizabeth McMahon/Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy

Danielle Whitfort – Representing VIC
Teacher: Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School/ Cecchetti @ VCASS Coordinator: Anne Butler

Madison Devietti – Representing NSW
Teacher: Robyn Ross/Valerie Jenkins/Elizabeth McMahon/Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy

Renee Freeman – Representing VIC
Teacher: Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School/ Cecchetti @ VCASS Coordinator: Anne Butler