South Carolina's Premier Student Ballet Competition - March 2, 2019

Ballet students, ages 10-19, are invited to participate in master classes and compete for cash prizes in the first annual Grand Jeté student dance competition, hosted by the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.

Participants will compete by age group divisions:

  • Pre-Competitive (ballet) - ages 10-12
  • Junior Division (ballet) - ages 13-15
  • Senior Division (ballet and/or contemporary) - ages 16-19

The competition will be adjudicated by out-of-state, world-renowned dance professionals. Only residents of South Carolina are eligible to participate.

Participation Guidelines

Below is an overview of the guidelines to participate in Grand Jeté. To read the complete guidelines, click here to download

Eligibilty

There will be a limit of 60 total solos, (10 solos maximum for each studio/school) for the inaugural year of Grand Jeté, South Carolina’s Premier Student Ballet Competition. Grand Jeté welcomes dance students from throughout the state of South Carolina.

All competitors must be attending Elementary, Middle or High School at the time of the competition. 

  • Competitors must be full-time residents of the State of South Carolina to apply and to participate.
  • The competition is open to dance students, ages 10 - 19 as of January 1 of the competition year. 
  • Proof of age and SC state residency eligibility may be requested.

The Grand Jeté is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race or nationality.

Deadlines
  • The deadline to register is February 1, 2019. Registration may close before the registration deadline if the maximum number 60 solos is reached. 

  • Participants must upload music by 11 p.m. on March 1, 2019.

Categories

Classical Ballet Solos 

The competitor will perform a variation selected from the classical ballet repertoire list provided. 

Contemporary/Modern Solos (Generally a new choreography created specifically for the competitor.) 

Contemporary Dance is a genre of concert dance that may include principles of various dance styles such as classical and neo-classical ballet, modern dance, postmodern dance, and others. Some of the dance styles may include theoretical concepts and philosophies from pioneers such as Martha Graham, Pina Bausch, Mary Wigman, Ted Shawn, and Alvin Ailey to name a few. 

Competitors may perform their contemporary/modern solo on or off pointe. 

Jazz and lyrical dance may be integrated as the choreography may require, however tap, hip-hop, and similar dance is not permitted in the performance. 

Pre-Competitive and Junior Division dance students may perform only one ballet variation. 

Senior Division dance students may perform, one ballet variation and/or one contemporary/modern solo. 

If applicable, for original or protected choreography not in public domain, it is the responsibility of the competitor, competitor’s parent, teacher or coach to obtain any and all required choreographer’s and/or musical releases and to pay any required royalties. 

Time Limits

Ballet variations and contemporary/modern solos are limited to a maximum time of 2:30 minutes in length each. 

Fees
  • Registration Fee: $50 for each student dancer 
  • Solo Fee: $25 each for a ballet variation or a contemporary/modern solo 

All fees are non-refundable once registration is confirmed. 

No entry is guaranteed until payment has been processed. A confirmation will be sent to each studio for their records and approval. 

Props, Costume, Music, Lighting

COSTUME  
Competitors must provide their own costumes. 

PROPS 
Please note that all props used by participants are used at the participant's own risk. 

Grand Jeté is not responsible for any injury or incident resulting from a participant’s use of props of their choice. 

The use of props must be pre-approved by Grand Jeté and must be identified at the time of registration. Please email morganpatterson@scgsah.org with the subject line “Grand Jeté prop usage request” and a description of all props to be used. Performers may not use dangerous props or props that could damage the venue or harm people. 

There is no storage space for props off stage and Grand Jeté does not provide assistance with the movement of props on or off the stage. Parents, teachers or coaches are responsible for maintaining control of props off stage and bringing the props on and off the stage in a timely manner not to exceed 1 minute. The stage must be cleaned and cleared of any props immediately after the performance and the props removed from the wings. 

MUSIC 
Competitors are required to provide their own music using an MP3 file. Music is to be uploaded online as part of registration by 11 p.m. on March 1, 2019. All music must be cued properly and must be recorded at the competitors’ desired speed. Please note that no adjustments can be made at the competition 

Studio owners must have available a recorded copy of their music on a CD that can be played on a standard CD player in case the downloaded music malfunctions. The CD music must be cued properly and must be recorded at the competitors’ desired speed. Please note that no adjustments can be made at the competition. 

If applicable the competing student, student’s parent, teacher or coach is responsible for obtaining any required musical releases and is responsible for the payment of any royalties. 

LIGHTING 
A general warm wash will be provided to all competitors. No special lighting requests will be granted. 

Master Classes

The following three master classes will be led by Governor's School faculty in the morning of the competition. 

  • 9:30–11:00 a.m. - Pre-Competitive Participants - Studio E 223. Maximum of 20 students 
  • 9:30–11:00 a.m. - Junior Competitors - Studio C228. Maximum of 25 students 
  • 9:30–11:00 a.m. - Senior Competitors - Fluor Studio. Maximum of 30 students 

Master classes will be taught by the faculty of the SCGSAH Dance Department and are free for competitors participating in the Grand Jeté and $20 for non-competitors, space permitting. All competitors are strongly encouraged to participate and must sign up at time of registration. The Junior and Senior Master Class will provide University Dance Department recruiters an opportunity to observe competitors in class in order to make an informed decision with their scholarships allocation. Recruiters will be looking at criteria such as potential, technique, artistry, response to correction, coordination, and musicality. 

Dress Code for Master Classes

  • Ladies: Black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers Dress code for Master Classes
  • Men: Black tights, white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes or white ballet shoes with white socks over the tights. 
Schedule
  • 9:30 —11:00 a.m. - Master Classes (see schedule under the Master Class heading) 
  • 11:00 a.m.— 12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Warm-up 
  • 12:30 p.m. - Pre-Competitive, Male and Female 
  • 6:00 p.m. – Closing Ceremony in Smith Recital Hall 

Senior Contemporary/Modern, Male and Female. Start immediately after the Pre-Competitive dancers finish. 

Junior Ballet, Male and Female. Start immediately after the Senior Contemporary/Modern dancers finish. 

Senior Ballet, Male and Female. Start immediately after the Junior Ballet dancers finish. 

Competition to end at or before 5:30 p.m. 

Adjudication Scoring

There will be three judges that are internationally recognized dance professionals from outside of South Carolina. The scoring system consists of an artistic element and a technical element. Each element is evaluated on a 100-point system. Each judge’s final score is then the average of the technical and artistic marks. The average score given by each of the 3 judges will be added together to produce a final score out of a possible 300 points. 

The decision of the Judges is final. ‘The judges reserve the right to withhold awarding one or more prizes if the performances do not meet a certain standard. 

Studio owners and independent competitors will receive the USB with judging comments of each competitor from all the judges on the day of the competition. 

Grand Jeté utilizes the most advanced technology available for judging and tabulation of scores. There will be three professionally qualified judges coming from outside of South Carolina at the competition. While dancers are on stage competing, each judge will simultaneously and individually record oral critiques, comments and encouraging remarks into the state of the art adjudicating software. The tabulator will announce the level in which the dancer received their score. Each studio will receive a USB of the critiques, comments and encouraging remarks of the judges for each of their students. 

Awards

Scholarship Award: $500.00 tuition scholarship for the 2019 South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory in Columbia, SC. Awarded to one senior student with the highest Ballet and Contemporary/Modern cumulative score. 

First Place: $1500.00 (Three will be awarded: one for highest score in Classical Ballet for seniors, one for highest score in Contemporary/Modern dance for seniors, and one for highest score in Classical ballet for juniors.) 

  • Senior Category, Highest score of 270 or above applies to both Classical ballet and Contemporary/Modern Dance 
  • Junior Category, Highest score of 265 or above 

Second Place: $1000.00 (Two will be awarded: one for highest score in Classical Ballet for seniors and one for highest score in Classical Ballet for juniors.) 

  • Senior Category, Highest score of 260-or above 
  • Junior Category, Highest score of 255-or above 

Third Place: $500.00 (Two will be awarded: one for highest score in Classical Ballet for seniors and one for highest score in Classical ballet for juniors) 

  • Senior Category, Highest score of 250 or above 
  • Junior Category, Highest score of 245 or above 

Honorable Mention: Gift Certificates of $100 each from The Sock Basket http://www.thesockbasket.com/greenville-sc.html. (Two will be awarded: one for highest score for seniors and one for best score for juniors). 

  • Senior Category, Highest score of 235 or above 
  • Junior Category, Highest score of 230 or above 

Each competitor will receive a Certificate of Participation. 

Repertoire

Download the Repertoire List

Pre-Competitive (Females, Ages 10-12)

Coppelia
(L. Delibes/St. Leon)
All Variations
(except Swanilda Variation from Act lll)

Don Quixote
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa, A. Gorsky) Cupid Variation

Fairy Doll (R.Drigo/Legat) Variation

Flames of Paris (A.Asafyev/V. Vainonen) Variation

Flower Festival in Genzano (E. Helsted/A. Bournonville) Variation

Giselle
(A.Adam, F. Burgmuller/J.Perrot, J. Coralli, M. Petipa) Peasant Pas de Deux - variation: 1, 2 (alternative version)

Harlequinade
(R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Variation

La Fille Mal Gardee
(P. Hertel, F. Herold/ A. Gorsky, B.Nijinska) Variation of Lise

Le Corsaire
(A.Adam, C. Pugni, R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Odalisque Variations

Paquita
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa )
All Variations (except Principal Variation)

Raymonda
(A. Glazunov/M. Petipa)
All Variations (except Principal Variations of Act ll and Act lll)
 
Swan Lake
(P. Tchaikovsky/M. Petipa) Pas de Trois Variations

Sleeping Beauty
(P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Petipa)
Fairies Variations from the Prologue (except Lilac Fairy) Princess Florine Variation
*NOTE: Aurora Variations are NOT allowed in this category.

Talisman
(R.Drigo, C. Pugni / M. Petipa, P. Gusev)
Variation of Niriti

[Pre Competitive students are allowed to modify and /or simplify the variations to fit their technical level.]

Pre-Competative (Males, Ages 10-12)

Coppelia
(L. Delibes/St. Leon, A. Gorsky) Franz Variation

Flower Festival in Genzano (E. Helsted/ A. Bournonville) Variation

Giselle
(F. Burgmuller/ J.Coralli/M. Petipa) Peasant Pas de Deux Variation

Harlequinade
(R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Variation

La Fille Mal Gardée
(P.Hertel, F. Herold/ A. Gorsky) Variation of Colin

Paquita
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa ) Variation from Pas de Trois


Sleeping Beauty
(P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Petipa) Blue Bird Variation
 
Swan Lake
(P. Tchaikovsky/M. Petipa) Variation from Pas de Trois

The Nutcracker
(P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Petipa, V. Vainonen)
Cavalier Variation

[Pre Competitive students are allowed to modify and /or simplify the variations to fit their technical level.]


Junior Division (Females, Ages 13-15)

Coppelia
(L. Delibes/St. Leon) All Variations

Diana & Acteon
(B. Pugni/A. Vaganova) Variation of Diana

Don Quixote
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa, A. Gorsky) All Variations

Esmeralda (C.Pugni/M. Petipa) All Variations

Fairy Doll
(R. Drigo/S. Legat) Variation

Flames of Paris (B.Asafiev/ V. Vainonen) Variation

Flower Festival in Genzano (E. Helsted/ A. Bournonville) Variation

Giselle
(A. Adam, F. Burgmuller/ J. Perrot, J. Coralli, M. Petipa) Giselle Variation from Act I
Peasant Pas - Variation: 1, 2 (alternative version).
 
Harlequinade
(R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Variation


La Bayadere
(L.Minkus, M.Petipa) Gamzatti Variation from Act II Shades Variations
Please Note: Gamzatti Temple Variation (Choreography – N Makarova) – is NOT Permitted

La Fille Mal Gardee
(P. Hertel, F. Herold/ A. Gorsky) Variation of Lise

Laurencia
(A. Krein/V. Chabukiani) Variation

Le Corsaire
(A.Adam, C. Pugni, R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Pas D'Esclave Variation
Le Jardin Anime Variations (Gulnare, Medora) Odalisque Variations

Les Sylphides (Chopiniana)
(F. Chopin/M. Fokine) All Variations

Napoli
(H. Paulli, E. Helsted, N. Gade, H. Lumbye / A. Bournonville) All Variations

Paquita
(L. Minkus/.M. Petipa )
All Variations (Please note: Paquita Etoile is not accepted for competition, unless under 2:30 minutes)

Raymonda
(A. Glazunov/M. Petipa) All Variations

Satanella
(B. Pugni/M. Petipa) Variation

Sleeping Beauty
(P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Petipa)
 
All Fairies Variations Princess Florine Variation
Aurora Variations from Act I and Act II (under 2:30 minutes) Aurora Wedding Variation

Swan Lake
(P. Tchaikovsky/M. Petipa, L. Ivanov, Gorsky) Pas de Trois Variations
Odette Variation from Act II

Talisman
(R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Variation of Niriti

The Awakening of Flora
(R. Drigo/M. Petipa) All Variations

The Cavalry Halt
(J. Armsheirmer/M. Petipa) Variation

The Nutcracker
(P. Tchaikovsky/V. Vainonen) Variation

Junior Division (Males, Ages 13-15)

Coppelia
(L. Delibes/St. Leon, A. Gorsky) Franz Variation

Don Quixote
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa) Basil Variation

Esmeralda
(C. Pugni/M.Petipa) All Variations

Flames of Paris (B.Asafiev/ V.Vainonen) Phillipe Variation

Flower Festival in Genzano (E. Helsted/ A. Bournonville) Variation
 
Giselle
(A. Adam, F. Burgmuller/ J. Perrot, J. Coralli, M. Petipa) Peasant Pas de Deux Variation


Grand Pas Classique (D. Auber/ V. Gzovsky) Variation

Harlequinade
(R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Variation

La Bayadère
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa, V. Chaboukiani) Solor Variation
Golden Idol Variation

La Fille Mal Gardée
(P.Hertel, F. Herold/ A. Gorsky) Variation of Colin

La Sylphide
(H. Levenskiold/ A. Bournonville) All Variations

Le Corsaire
(A.Adam, C. Pugni, R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Pas D”Esclave Variation
Pas de Deux Variation (Conrad/Slave)

Paquita
(L. Minkus/.M. Petipa) Variation from Pas de Trois

Raymonda
(A.Glazunov/ M.Petipa/Y.Grigorovich) Variation

Satanella
(C. Pugni / M. Petipa) Variation

Sleeping Beauty
(P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Petipa) Blue Bird Variation
Prince Désiré Variation
 
Swan Lake
(P. Tchaikovsky/M. Petipa) Pas de Trois Variation


The Nutcracker
(P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Petipa, V. Vainonen) Cavalier Variation

Senior Division (Females, Ages 16-19)

Coppelia
(L. Delibes/St. Leon) All Variations

Diana & Acteon
(C. Pugni/A. Vaganova) Variation of Diana

Don Quixote
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa, A. Gorsky) Kitri Variations
Queen of Dryads Variation Grand Pas Variations

Esmeralda
(C. Pugni/M. Petipa) All Variations

Flames of Paris (B.Asafiev/ V. Vainonen) Variation

Flower Festival in Genzano (E. Helsted/ A. Bournonville) Variation

Giselle
(A.Adam, F. Burgmuller/ J. Perrot, J. Coralli, M. Petipa) Giselle Variation from Act I
Peasant Pas de Deux Variation: 1, 2 (alternative version)

Grand Pas Classique (D. Auber/ V. Gzovsky) Variation
 
Harlequinade
(R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Variation

La Bayadere (L.Minkus/M.Petipa) Shades Variations
Gamzatti Variation from act II
Nikia Variation (Nikia Variation is not accepted for competition unless under 2:30 minutes) Please Note: Gamzatti Temple Variation (Choreography – N Makarova) – is Not permitted

La Fille Mal Gardee
(P. Hertel, F.Herold/ A. Gorsky) Variation of Lise

Laurencia
(A. Krein/V. Chabukiani) Variation

Le Corsaire
(A.Adam, C. Pugni, R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Medora Variation
Pas d'Esclave Variation
Le Jardin Anime Variations (Gulnare, Medora) Odalisque Variations

Les Sylphides (Chopiniana)
(F. Chopin/M. Fokine) All Variations

Napoli
(H. Paulli, E. Helsted, N. Gade, H. Lumbye / A. Bournonville) All Variations

Paquita
(L. Minkus/.M. Petipa )
All Variations (Please note: Paquita Etoile is not accepted for competition, unless under 2:30 minutes)

Pas de Quatre
(C. Pugni/J. Perrot/A. Dolin) All Variations

Pharaoh’s Daughter (C.Pugni/P. LaCotte) All Variations
 
Raymonda (A.Glazunov/ M.Petipa) All Variations

Satanella
(C. Pugni / M. Petipa) Variation

Sleeping Beauty
(P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Petipa) Lilac Fairy Variation
Princess Aurora Variations form Act I, Act II, Act III Princess Florine Variation
(Please note: Aurora variation from Act I and Act II is not accepted for competition, unless under 2:30 minutes)

Swan Lake
(P. Tchaikovsky/M. Petipa, L. Ivanov/Y. Grigorovich) Pas de Trois Variations
Odette Variation from act II Black Swan Variation

Talisman
(R.Drigo, C. Pugni / M. Petipa, P. Gusev) Variation of Niriti

The Awakening of Flora
(R. Drigo/M. Petipa) All variations

The Cavalry Halt
(J. Armsheirmer/M. Petipa) Variation

The Nutcracker
(P. Tchaikovsky/V. Vainonen) Variation

Walpurgis Nacht
(B. Gounod/L. Lavrovsky) Variation

[Junior students are allowed to modify and /or simplify the variations to fit their technical level.]

Senior Division (Males, Ages 16-19)

Coppelia
(L. Delibes/St. Leon, A. Gorsky) Franz Variation
 

Diana and Acteon
(C. Pugni/ A. Vaganova) Acteon Variation

Don Quixote
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa) Basil Variation

Esmeralda
(C. Pugni/ M. Petipa) All Variations

Flames of Paris (B.Asafiev/ V.Vainonen) Phillipe Variation

Flower Festival in Genzano (E. Helsted/ A. Bournonville) Variation

Giselle
A. Adam, F. Burgmuller/ J. Perrot, J. Coralli, M. Petipa) Peasant Pas de Deux Variation
Albrecht Variation from act II

Grand Pas Classique (D. Auber/ V. Gzovsky) Variation

Harlequinade
(R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Variation

La Bayadère
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa, V. Chaboukiani) Solor Variation
Golden Idol Variation

La Fille Mal Gardée
(P.Hertel, F. Herold/ A. Gorsky) Variation of Colin

La Sylphide
(H. Levenskiold/ A. Bournonville) All Variations
 
La Vivandière
(C. Pugni/ S. Léon, F. Cerrito) Variation

Le Corsaire
(A.Adam, C. Pugni, R. Drigo/M. Petipa) Pas d’ Esclave Variation
Pas de Deux Variation (Conrad/Slave)

Napoli
(H. Paulli, E. Helsted, N. Gade, H. Lumbye /A. Bournonville) All Variations

Paquita
(L. Minkus/ M. Petipa ) Pas de Trois Variation
Grand Pas Variation (Lucien)


Raymonda
(A.Glazunov/ M.Petipa/Y.Grigorovich) Variation

Satanella
(C. Pugni / M. Petipa) Variation

Sleeping Beauty
(P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Petipa) Blue Bird Variation
Prince Désiré Variation

Swan Lake
(P. Tchaikovsky/M. Petipa) Pas de Trois Variation Prince Siegfried Variation

Talisman
(R.Drigo, C. Pugni / M. Petipa, P. Gusev) Variation of Vayou

The Nutcracker
(P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Petipa, V. Vainonen Cavalier Variation

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revatt@scgsah.org
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