South Carolina's Premier Student Virtual Ballet Competition

Save the Date! March 19-21, 2021

Ballet students, ages 10-19, are invited to compete for cash prizes and participate in master classes at Grand Jeté's virtual student dance competition, presented by the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. 

Participants will compete by age group divisions:

  • Pre-Competitive (Ballet only) - ages 10-12
  • Junior Division (Ballet and/or Modern/Contemporary) - ages 13-15
  • Senior Division (Ballet and/or Modern/Contemporary) - ages 16-19

Adjudicators

We're excited to announce that the following esteemed adjudicators will be joining the competition this year.

NEW Participation Guidelines

Below is an overview of the guidelines to participate in Grand Jeté. Download printable guidelines (.pdf).

Eligibility

Grand Jeté is happy to announce that it will not limit the number of entries per school. Grand Jeté welcomes dance students from throughout the state of South Carolina. All competitors must be attending elementary, middle, or high school in South Carolina 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.

Grand Jeté is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, age, sex, and non-disqualifying physical disability.

Deadlines
  • To register to compete and submit a solo video: March 1, 2021

    Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum number of participants may be required in order for this event to take place. Registration will close when Grand Jeté reaches its maximum capacity. Additional applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

    NOTE: All changes to the originally submitted entries must be received in writing seven days prior to the competition. No verbal requests will be honored. 
  • Master Class Registration:
    March 1, 2021

  • Teacher Workshop Registration: March 1, 2021

Categories

Note: Each student may compete in a maximum of two solos: two ballet, two Modern/Contemporary or one of each.

  • Classical Ballet Solos 
    The competitor will perform a variation selected from the classical ballet repertoire list provided. 

    The Pre-Competitive Age Division students are allowed to modify and/or simplify the variations to fit their technical level or may select a solo that is not represented on the Repertoire list, but must be a dance age and skill-appropriate choreographed ‘classical’ ballet piece. For the safety and wellness of our Grand Jeté Competitors, we strongly discourage the Pre-Competitive participants from dancing on pointe.
  • 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.

    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 all required choreographers and/or musical releases, and to pay any required royalties.
Time Limits

Ballet variation choices must be selected from Grand Jeté’s Ballet repertoire list, and contemporary/modern solos are limited to a maximum time of 2:30 minutes in length. 

Fees
  • Registration Fee: $65 for each student dancer (includes master classes)
  • Solo Fee: $25 per solo, maximum of two
  • Master Classes for Non-Competitors: $25 
  • Teacher Workshops: $50

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


Master Classes & Recruiters

Master classes for ages 10-14, 4th-8th grade dancers
The cost of the master classes is included in the competitor's registration fee and is $50 for non-competitors. SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities faculty will be teaching master classes in ballet and modern dance techniques, Friday through Sunday.

Master classes for ages 15-19, 11th-12th grade dancers
The cost of the master classes is included in the competitor's registration fee and is $50 for non-competitors.

Selected university and trainee dance program recruiters from across the nation will offer both Zoom master classes and webinar Information sessions of their programs to junior and senior-level students. These master classes may be used to recruit seniors, to offer scholarships, and to personally invite some juniors to audition for their programs the following year. Recruiters will be looking at criteria such as potential, technique, and artistry, response to correction, coordination, and musicality.

The current list of recruiters includes:

  • New World School of the Arts 
  • Adelphi University
  • The Hartt School at Hartford University
  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet/Aspirant Program
  • More to come!

All registered students will receive a number in the mail at least 1 week prior to March 19, 2021. Numbers must be worn, and remain visible during the duration of master classes.

Master Class Schedule

More information regarding specific master class details will be coming soon.

Friday, March 19, 2021
Virtual Master Classes
 
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. — Master classes
  • 5:45 - 6:15 p.m. — Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. — Master classes
  • 7:45 - 8:15 p.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Virtual Master Classes

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Master classes
  • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions
  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Master Classes
  • 11:45 - 12:15 p.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Master classes
  • 1:45 - 2:15 p.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions

Sunday, March 21, 2021
Virtual Master Classes

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Master classes
  • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions
  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Master Classes
  • 11:45 - 12:15 p.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2021

Cost: Competitors: Included in Registration fee | Non-Competitors: $50.00

Teacher Workshop

Open to South Carolina dance instructors! We will be offering virtual workshops for instructors interested in teaching:

  • Beginner/Intermediate Ballet
  • Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
  • Intermediate/Advanced Modern

Registration Deadline:  March 1, 2021

Participation Fee: $50

Schedule: Sunday, March 21, 2021

  • 10:30 a.m.– noon 
    Beginner/Intermediate Ballet with Johanne Gingras, Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • 1:30–3:00 p.m. — Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Stephen Pier, The Hartt School, Hartford University
  • 3:30 - 5 p.m. -Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Contemporary with Yasmeen Lairdler, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
Schedule Overview - Friday, March 19, 2021
Virtual Master Classes
 
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. — Master classes
  • 5:45 - 6:15 p.m. — Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. — Master classes
  • 7:45 - 8:15 p.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions
Schedule Overview - Saturday, March 20, 2021

Virtual Master Classes

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Master classes
  • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions
  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Master Classes
  • 11:45 - 12:15 p.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Master classes
  • 1:45 - 2:15 p.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions

Virtual Competition

  • 3 - 5 p.m. - Pre-Competitive, Junior Ballet, Senior Ballet, Junior Contemporary/Modern, Senior Contemporary/Modern

The Virtual Grand Jeté Competition will be livestreamed from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2021, but will also be available for a week after. Adjudicators and recruiters will attend the livestream competition.

Schedule Overview - Sunday, March 21, 2021

Virtual Master Classes

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Master classes
  • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions
  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Master Classes
  • 11:45 - 12:15 p.m. - Webinar-University Dance Program Info Sessions

Virtual Closing Ceremony

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 

All competitors and master class attendees are invited to attend the Livestream Grand Jeté closing ceremony. Competition awards as well as the Master class awards will be announced during this time. Studio owners, faculty, and parents are all encouraged to attend.

Virtual Teacher Workshop

  • 10:30 a.m.– noon 
    Beginner/Intermediate Ballet with Johanne Gingras, Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • 1:30–3:00 p.m. — Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Stephen Pier, The Hartt School, Hartford University
  • 3:30 - 5 p.m. —Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Contemporary with Yasmeen Lairdler, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
Adjudication Scoring

The use of masks will not negatively impact your score.

There will be three, out-of-state adjudicators, including Yazzmeen Laidler, from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; and Stephen Pier, artistic director and dance professor at The Hartt School.

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 three judges will be added together to produce a final score out of a possible 300 points.

The decision of the Adjudicators is final. The Adjudicators 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 adjudicator’s oral comments of each competitor on the day of the competition. Written comments may be included.

Grand Jeté utilizes the most advanced technology available for judging and tabulation of scores. 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. When the competition is completed, the tabulator will record the score of the participant. Each studio will receive a USB of the critiques, comments, and encouraging remarks of the adjudicators for each of their students.

Awards

FIRST PLACE: $500.00 
Four will be awarded: one for best score in Classical Ballet for seniors, one for best score in Contemporary/Modern dance for seniors, one for best score in Classical Ballet for juniors, and one for best score in Contemporary/Modern dance 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 applies to both Classical Ballet and Contemporary/Modern Dance

SECOND PLACE: $300.00 
Two will be awarded: one for best score in Classical Ballet for seniors, one for best score in Classical Ballet for juniors.

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

THIRD PLACE: $150.00 
Two will be awarded: one for best score in Classical Ballet for seniors, one for best score in Classical Ballet for juniors.

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

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: $500.00 
Tuition scholarship for the 2020 South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory in Columbia, SC. Awarded to the junior student with the highest score.

  • Highest score of 265 or above

THE PROMISE AWARD: $200.00
Two will be awarded for the best score in Classical Ballet for pre-competitive, one for a female student competitor and one for a male student competitor. 

  • Highest score of 235 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 a female student competitor and one for a male student competitor).

  • 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-Competitive (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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Adair Kempf, Event Coordinator
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864-436-4041

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