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Many ballet companies promote their dancers at the end of the season or a some after a particularly outstanding  performance, but the Paris Opera Ballet has an annual promotion competition. There were two places available for women and one for men as “First Dancers”. Six women and six men competed last week.


The woman had to dance The Spring Variation from The Four Seasons by Jerome Robbins, plus a variation of their own choice. The two winners were Hannah O'Neill, who danced a variation from Nureyev’s production of Raymonda Act III, and Léonore Baulac, who chose Other Dances, first variation, again by Robbins. Hannah’s mother is Japanese and her father from New Zealand; she spent her childhood in those two countries and trained in Tokyo, Auckland and at the Australian Ballet School. She was initially awarded a year’s contract with Paris, which was made permanent in 2013. Léonore’s parents are Norwegian and French; she was brought up in France and she joined the company in 2008.


The men’s competition was won by Hugo Marchand, who danced the set variation Sylvia-Pas-de-deux by George Balanchine, and a variation from Dances at a Gathering by Robbins. He joined the company in 2011.


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