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Friday, March 09, 2012

The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet Dancers Win Numerous Awards at National and International Dance Competitions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) announced today that TWB Company dancer, Aurora Dickie, won a Bronze medal at the 3rd Cape Town International Ballet Competition (CTIBC) in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday, March 3, 2012. TWB Studio Company Dancer Junxiong Zhao won two Gold medals at CTIBC. The Washington Ballet dancers competed against a field of forty-five professional dancers aged 15-28, from the Republic of South Korea, Argentina, Armenia, Russia, the United States, Brazil, Australia, China, Cuba and South Africa. Male and female participants were judged separately, according to age, Junior level (age 15-18) and Senior level (age 19-28), in both the classical and contemporary divisions. Ms. Dickie, won the Bronze medal in the Senior Female Classical Division for her performance of solos from Grand Pas Classique and Paquita. Mr. Zhao won the gold medal in both the Senior Male Classical Division and the Senior Male Contemporary Division. Mr. Zhao performed variations from Swan Lake and Don Quixote in the classical division. In the contemporary division, Mr. Zhao danced to Bach choreographed by Carlos Valcárcel.

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