Mexican student to participate in international ballet competition in London

Mexican student to participate in international ballet competition in London

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Kenya Cassandra Díaz Martínez will compete at the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition in London

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The young Mexican ballet dancer Kenya Cassandra Díaz Martínez won a place to compete next September at the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition in London, England, a feat achieved by very few Mexicans.

In the prestigious competition, the competitors will have the chance to work with renowned choreographers who will guide the young dancers, who come from nearly 50 countries, during the 10 days of the contest. The winners will have the chance of being recruited by the most eminent ballet companies in the world.

Last December, Kenya Díaz presented the Advanced 2 exam of the London Royal Academy of Dance – which is celebrating its 100th anniversary – which she passed with a “Distinction” score and, since she is under 18 years old, she won her right to participate in the competition.

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The five exams evaluate, among other things, expression, technique, pirouettes, jumps, variations, collocations, dynamics, and musicality. Moreover, students must have complete knowledge of the steps and their bodies, as informed by the communication area of the University of the Valley of Mexico (UVM) campus Lomas Verdes, where Kenya studies.

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Since August 27, Kenya will have to be in London, like the rest of the competitors, where she will begin taking intensive ballet classes taught by experts in this discipline. By the end of the first period of the competition, there will be three days for semifinals and finals. Each competitor will present a piece of classical ballet repertoire and another of neoclassic ballet.

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Kenya Díaz, who began dancing at the age of two, trains approximately six hours daily, including weekends, with the objective of being present at the final that will take place in the main stage of the Royal Opera House, while she keeps up to date with her school assignments.

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