Tyler Robinson. Photo: WInkiPoP Media
Tyler Robinson, Finalist in the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, talks about the importance of having a good work ethic when it comes to ballet and learning through the experience of taking part in dance events that propel him forward and have a positive impact on other areas of his life.
What motivates you as a ballet dancer?
I love the way ballet makes me feel; it constantly pushes me to better myself technically and also as a person. I have learnt so many skills that I take through everyday life that I have learnt from my training.
Tell us a little bit about your classical & Free variations you performed in the final.
I performed Act 2 from Le Corsaire for my Classical Variation. My character was Conrad, a pirate, and the story of his journey across the high seas. My free variation was choreographed by Martyn Fleming. The piece explores movement, lines and intricate complexity.
What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?
What I have learnt from Sydney Eisteddfod is to keep believing in myself and my training, to take every opportunity I can to learn and develop myself from the experiences of the heats through to performance. All of these lessons I believe will be vital for life in the professional industry.
What would you say to a younger dancer who was thinking about entering Sydney Eisteddfod?
Only you and your teachers can get yourself to the next level, not the person next to you in class or the person before in a competition. Your work ethic determines your career. You have to concentrate on your own journey and have your own drive to improve and push forward.
What do you hope to achieve next?
I would love to take my next steps into a classical/contemporary finishing school overseas then to one day have the opportunity to dance professionally.