Ballet dancer

Talented ballet dancer from Meyersdal wins silver medal

Miguel Franco-Green de Meyersdal won a silver medal in the senior classical boys category when competing at the ninth South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) in Cape Town.

SAIBC came to a spectacular end at the Artscape Opera House on July 30.

The festive event was a joyful celebration of outstanding ballet and contemporary dance which featured the 2022 winners. It also featured guest appearances by professionals and vocational training students from Mzansi Ballet.
Each SAIBC entrant also took part in a fun finale choreographed by Angela Revie.

According to publicist Allison Foat, a delighted audience came out to support the contestants.

She said the closing gala was attended by the international jury, present in person for the first time in two years.

“Speakers included Anroux Marais, the MEC of the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports and Clr Mzwakhe Nqayashe, Chairman of the City of Cape Town Safety and Security Portfolio Committee. Both the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town provide invaluable support to the annual SAIBC,” said Foat.

The week-long event kicked off on July 26 as a hybrid event with dancers participating on stage and via video from abroad.

She said the international dancers who competed on stage at Artscape came from Cuba and Russia.

“The judges evaluated the dancers in the classical and contemporary genres in four categories. Be novices from six to eight years old, university students from nine to 11 years old, juniors from 12 to 15 years old and seniors from 16 to 19 years old.

Miguel Franco-Green during his performance. Photo: Allison Foat

“For the solo participants, Cuba won the most gold medals, winning four in total,” she explained.

South African Nico Prinsloo, 13, from Johannesburg and trained at Mzansi Ballet Vocational School, won two gold medals for his two sections. In total, South Africa won eight medals, including those awarded for group and duet performances.

The 2022 jury was made up of the heads of some of the world’s leading ballet schools, academies and training centers.

The next South African International Ballet Competition will be held in Cape Town in 2023.

“SAIBC acknowledges the invaluable support of the City of Cape Town, Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports of the Western Cape, Mary Oppenheimer and Daughter Foundation, Rockefeller Hotel and Residences (Newmark Hotels and Reserves) and other key donors “, said Foat. .

Miguel previously said he was so proud to be part of the SAIBC family and to have been given this opportunity.

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