Tyla Steinbach on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod is delighted to announce the judges for the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Hao Bin and Prudence Caldwell will adjudicate all rounds of the event with David McAllister once again joining the panel for the Final.
Hao Bin was formerly the Principal Dancer at The Queensland Ballet from 2011 until 2015. Before that he was a Principal Dancer for The National Ballet of China. Hao is the recipient of numerous international accolades for ballet, including a Jury Special Award at the Third Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2004 and a nomination for 'Best Male Dancer of the Year' in the Prix Benois La Danse in Moscow in 2011. He was named 'Most Outstanding Dancer' in Dance Australia’s Critics Survey of 2011.
After winning the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship in 2002, Prudence Caldwell gained her Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award and began her formal training at the Australian Ballet School. Prudence’s performances have included those with The Australian Ballet Dancers Company, The Queensland Ballet (under the directorship of Francois Klaus) and further abroad with The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet and many leading European ballet companies. More recently, Prudence began training in Las Vegas and Florida with the illustrious Cirque Du Soliel and famous Sandou Trio.
First taking on the role of guest adjudicator in 2002, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet Company David McAllister has witnessed countless aspiring ballet dancers perform on the Sydney Opera House stage in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final. Sydney Eisteddfod is honoured to welcome him once again in 2017.
More information on the judges of other dance events will be posted in the lead up to the 2017 festival.