Framingham Dancer Selected For International Ballet Competition

FRAMINGHAM – Sonia Cable has been selected by The Royal Academy of Dance to participate in the Genée International Ballet competition that is being held at The National Ballet School of Canada this month.

“It is a phenomenal achievement for a young dancer who is training at a very high level alongside completing her academic education,” said Gemma Williams Director of the Metrowest Dance Academy is in Framingham.

“Sonia has been my student since around age 9. She is now 18 years old and about to enter her senior year at Framingham High School,” said Williams.

The Genée International Ballet Competition is open to dancers, aged 15 to 19, from around the world who are studying the RAD syllabus.

“This year a total of 62 dancers from 13 different nationalities have been chosen for the week-long event which will take place at Canada’s National Ballet School, Betty Oliphant Theatre and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. There are six American students competing and Sonia Cable, student of Framingham High School and Metrowest Dance Academy, is among them,” said Williams.

To qualify for a chance to enter this competition, students must have successfully passed Advanced 2 with Distinction, said Williams.

“Metrowest Dance Academy students take annual RAD ballet exams and Sonia has reached this high level after years of training and dedicated practice with Director of Metrowest Dance Academy, Gemma Williams, and her faculty. The entire school and Sonia’s family and friends are very proud of her achievements,” said the school in a press release.

“The candidates will participate in an intensive week of coaching from world-renowned teachers and choreographers and will then perform at the semi-finals on August 26 & 27,” said Williams.

“Italian-Canadian choreographer Gioconda Barbuto, who is this year’s commissioned choreographer, will create two variations which will receive their world premier at the final,” said Williams.


This year’s judging panel comprises Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, Monica Mason, former director of The Royal ballet School and Magdalena Popa, Principal Artistic coach of The National Ballet of Canada.

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