In 2016 RAD Australia hosted its second Genée International Ballet Competition
The decision to return to Sydney was made in recognition of Australia’s long commitment to the Genée, where it has produced outstanding candidates for the competition every year for the past decade, including this year’s silver medal winner Lania Atkins, and bronze medal winner Makensie Henson.
The Semi-finals were held at The Concourse in Chatswood from 7–9 December, with the Final taking place at The Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, on 11 December. The competition was last held there to great success in 2002 when Sydney Opera House played host to a record number of candidates. This was the first time that the event had been held outside the UK. It also saw a young Sydney native, Steven McRae, take the gold medal. Steven has since gone on to perform with some of the biggest companies around the world and is currently a Principal of The Royal Ballet.