6th CANNES-CROISETTE DANCE COMPETITION
24 & 25 APRIL 2021
The city of Cannes is hosting the Cannes Croisette International Dance Competition on its prestigious Croisette.
This artistic event is intended for young dance enthusiasts allowing them to experience the stage and to be judged by an international jury composed of recognized and authoritative personalities in the world of classical, modern-jazz dance and contemporary.
In addition to offering this experience of the stage and the public, this competition allows professionals present to identify young talents and eventually offer them auditions or even engagements.
The competition is also sponsored by Mrs. Michèle Mercier, actress and classical dancer,and, thanks to the support of our partners, numerous prizes will be awarded to the winners for a total endowment equivalent to over 15,000 euros.
Exchange, sharing, respect and generosity are the ingredients that make the Cannes-Croisette International Dance Competition successful since many years.
This competition organized by the Association Danse Emotion is open to dancers of all nationalities, from the age of 7 years; three disciplines are represented (Classic, Modern-Jazz and Contemporary) in the “Amateurs” and “Pre-Professional” categories and for individual performances (solo), in duo and in groups.
Free registration are accepted and the competition is open to the public for a fee.
The competition takes place on April 24 & 25, 2021 at the Théâtre Croisette – Palais Stéphanie – J.W Marriott, located at 50 Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes (France), with the possibility of rehearsal on stage on Friday April 23 from 2:00 p.m.
You can download the rules below
For the Classic Solo Pre-Pro categories, you can download the list of competition variations and the audio files below.
You can download the registration forms for the solo and duo/group categories.
Payment of registration fees is done online with receipt of proof of payment by email.
Closing date for registrations by Monday 12 April at the latest (attention, early closing if the maximum number of participants is reached before this date)
(Spectator tickets are payable to the theater only from Friday June 12 at 3:00p.m)
Here is the presentation of the jury of this edition as well as the jury of previous editions
Christine Hassid dances for the Batsheva Ensemble in Tel Aviv and then joins the Redha Company (soloist and assistant). She created her company Christine Hassid project in 2012 in Bordeaux. It is also in the directory of professional companies in Switzerland, Holland, Russia, Portugal, Spain.
She is also invited as a choreographer at the National Conservatories of Music and Dance in Paris (2014) and Lyon (2019/2020), the Ballet Junior de Genève (2015), the Center National de la Danse de Lyon (2019/2020 ). Christine also works with and for internationally renowned dancers: like Aurélien Houette in 2017 (Subject of the Paris National Opera) and this season with Vincent Chaillet (First Dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet) and Marc-Emmanuel Zanoli, Dancer of the Ballet of the National Opera of Bordeaux.
Christine is supported by the CCN Malandain Ballet Biarritz, the CCN de la Rochelle, the Ministry of Culture, and for the first time receives support from the Opéra National de Bordeaux, ADAMI and the city of Bordeaux with the CHp’s 2019 project: “Don’t be afraid! », On the feminine view of the world. Project currently on tour.
Christine is twice nominated for the Golden Mask 2020 in Russia (Golden Mask) with her project “Chopin. Carte blanche ”for the company Танц Театр; the ceremony will take place on April 15, 2020 in Moscow. Christine is nominated alongside choreographers such as W. Forsythe and A. Preljocaj.
PRINCIPAL DANCER, TEACHER
Aki was born in Japan; after winning a scholarship at Prix de Lausanne, which allowed her to train at the Antwerp Royal Ballet School, she joined the Royal Flanders Ballet in 1994 under the direction of Robert Denvers as a semi-soloist and became first soloist in 1998. She was promoted Principal In 2004 and since then she performed all the major roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire.
Aki is regularly invited to many International Galas and when her schedule allows, she assesses the talents of the new generation. She served as a jury member of the Prix de Lausanne in 2003, 2005 and 2007 as well as the Carpeaux Prize in 2009. In 2007, she received the “Ballet 2000” Critics’ Prize in Cannes and was also chosen “Outstanding Performance” by Dance Europe in 2015.
Her exceptional career at the Royal Flanders Ballet was celebrated during her last appearance as a star at the end of 2018, marking her professional transition. She is now teacher at the Antwerp Royal Ballet School.
PRINCIPAL DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER
Wim was born in Belgium and studied at the Antwerp Royal Ballet School, then he became a member of the Royal Ballet of Flanders where he was quickly promoted soloist and Principal.
He is regularly invited to perform at Galas International, such as Winter Dance, “Le Gala des Etoiles” in Paris, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Nagano (Japan), at the “Prix de Lausanne”, “Benois de la danse”, where, in 2003, he was nominated in the category “Best Male Dancer of the Year” on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
Wim Vanlessen received the “Critics’ Award” from “Ballet 2000” magazine in Cannes in 2000. He is also honored with the title of “Best Dancer of the Year” by “Dance Europe” magazine in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and the title of “Best Partner” with Aki Saito in 2007 and 2009.
Wim bids farewell to the Royal Flanders Ballet in 2019 in Béjart’s Boléro. With Aki Saito, they developed a remarkable partnership and danced together for nearly 25 years. Aki and Wim have been honoured as Chevalier in the Order of Leopold for their cultural contribution to Belgium.
Angelo Monaco worked as choreographer for Italian television and for various artistic events in Paris, Florence and Milan.
Today he shares his time between France and Italy and collaborates with numerous dance schools both in teaching and in choreographic research.
He teaches in France at the «Off Jazz» Training Center in Nice, at the Biot Cultural Center and in Vallauris.
- Aki Saito, principal dancer, teacher
- Wim Vanlessen, principal dancer, choreographer
- Sadok Khechana, teacher, choreographer
- Bruno Vandelli, teacher, choreographer
- Mathias Heymann, principal dancer of the Paris Opera
- Jurijus Smoriginas, soloist dancer, artistic director
- Christine Hassid, choreographer, artistic director
- Roberta Fontana, teacher choreographer
- Claire Feranne, principal dancer
- Nancy Osbaldeston, soloist dancer of the Royal Ballet Flanders
- Olivier Lucea, soloist dancer, teacher
- Christiane Sturnick, teacher choreographer
- Angelo Monaco, teacher, choreographer
- Sadok Khechana, teacher, choreographer
- Cyril Atanassoff, principal dancer of the Paris Opera
- Carlotta Zamparo, principal dancer, ballet master
- Sadok Khechana, teacher choreographer
- Christine Hassid, choregrapher, artistic director
And finally, the Organizing Committee of the competition warmly thanks all its partners without whom this event could not exist