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The talented Lucia Moore. Photo: Supplied.


Annette Roselli Dance Academy’s current and former full-time students Lucia Moore (pictured) and Zai Calliste were awarded second and third place at London’s prestigious Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition.

The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition is the flagship annual event for the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). This highly anticipated yearly event offers aspiring young dancers a platform to work with world-renowned choreographers and perform internationally. To compete, students must receive a Distinction (75 per cent and above) for their Advanced 2 Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Exam. This is no easy feat and is only achieved through hard work, dedication and talent in Classical Ballet.

Eighty-one competitors from 15 countries competed for the award. The competition consisted of three coaching days and three semi-finals before 12 finalists were chosen. Of the 12 finalists, Zai Calliste received the Dame Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award and the third-place bronze medal. Lucia Moore received the second-place silver medal, being the highest-placing female in the competition and the youngest competitor.

Lucia and Zai spent several years training full-time at the Annette Roselli Dance Academy Elite Training Program. During this time, they worked with some of Queensland’s finest tutors to bring them up to the pre-professional standard the competition requires.

Director Annette Roselli is thrilled to have two students achieve so highly at the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition.

“I am very proud of the dedication and commitment of both students. It has been a pleasure to work with them and see them develop their talent in classical dance. They deserve every success,” said Annette, who also flew to London to support the students.

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