Rochester’s Timothy M. Draper Center of Dance Education swept the medals at the recent Indianapolis City Ballet Dance Competition.
Judges from the nation’s top ballet academies presented medals to winning dancers and choreographers.
Abra Geiger, 13, of Spencerport, received the Grand Prix Prize.
“What a dominant performance from our Draper Center young ladies Breena, Kylee, Vivian, Abra, Anna and Savanah throughout all categories of the competition,” said David Palmer, artistic director of Rochester City Ballet. “Bringing home such a cache of gold, silver and bronze, and Abra Geiger for garnering the elusive Grand Prix, it’s a once-in-a decade prize. It’s a testament to the excellent training at the Draper Center.
Geiger took gold in junior ladies contemporary and classical. Anna Joy, 13, of Fairport joined her on the podium with bronze in junior contemporary ladies.
Vivian Li, 16, of Penfield, took gold in senior ladies classical and silver in senior ladies contemporary.
Breena Keefe, 17, of Pittsford, and Kylee Curcio, 17, of Penfield, took gold and silver, respectively, in preprofessional ladies contemporary and classical.
Judges honored Jamey Leverett, Draper Center artistic director and former RCB artistic director, with a bronze medal for contemporary choreography.
“I’m proud that Rochester is presenting talent on such a high level,” Leverett said. “Many of the judges took time to personally congratulate me on our students and their outstanding performances.”
Draper Center instructor Stefanie Cheshire stood out with a silver medal for contemporary choreography.
“I was pleased to see Jamey and Stefanie’s creative work recognized by luminaries in our field,” Palmer said. “The awards recognize the care, attention and quality instruction that make a showing like this possible.”