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Isaac Shaw, finalist in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

An interview with Isaac Shaw


Isaac Shaw, finalist in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, shared the story behind his love of ballet and how he is inspired by watching both her peers as well as principal dancers. He also talks about what he has learnt from his Sydney Eisteddfod experience. 

What inspired your passion for ballet?

My passion for ballet was inspired by the older students at my dance school. Watching them work so hard in class definitely encouraged me to start and started my passion for ballet.

Who inspired you to start dancing?

My 3 older sisters inspired me to start dancing. They continue to inspire me each and every day as they are all now working as professional dancers. Seeing how dedicated and passionate they were about dancing fascinated me when I was younger and I always wanted to be like them.

You chose to perform Albrecht’s Variation in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final, tell us a little bit about this piece.

I chose to perform Albrecht’s variation from Giselle Act II as it’s a very emotional solo. As well as the steps, I love the emotion I get to display whilst dancing this piece.

Tell us a little bit about the free variation you also performed.    

My free variation is entitled “Transformation" and was choreographed by Adam Blanch. I love performing this piece as I really get to let go and manipulate my body in such cool ways.

Which other performers do you most like to watch, and why?  

I love to watch principle dancers and imagine myself dancing that part. I also love watching students perform because I believe we can take and learn things from one another to better ourselves as dancers.

What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?

I think the best piece of advice is what my mum says to me each time before I perform. She says “Have fun and pointe your feet.” By this she means to honestly have fun and enjoy yourself and your technique will shine through.

What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?  

I’ve definitely learnt how to control my nerves in my Sydney experience. I have also learnt that as much as technique is important, connecting with an audience and emoting is such a crucial part of being a dancer.

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