Mrs Tanya Pearson OAM
Sydney Eisteddfod is celebrating the extraordinary contribution of Mrs Tanya Pearson OAM with the establishment of the Tanya Pearson Artistry Award and Grand Défilé as part of the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final.
On Sunday 30 July, the ballet world will unite at the Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall to celebrate not only the Final of the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, but also the 80th Birthday of one of our country’s most celebrated ballet teachers and icons - Tanya Pearson OAM. An iconic and influential figure, Mrs Pearson has been a dedicated ballet teacher for more than 50 years, training hundreds of students with many going on to successful professional ballet careers throughout the world. Many have become dancers, teachers, and choreographers and are continuing to share and spread her love and passion for this art form.
In honour of her contribution, the “Tanya Pearson Artistry Award” has been established. The recipient will be chosen from the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Finalists by an independent jury. 2017 will mark the inaugural annual award which will be presented to the Finalist who displays the highest level of artistry and stage craft in keeping with the teachings of Tanya Pearson. Each year the recipient will receive an original bronze sculpture, male or female, by reknowned artist Linda Klarfeld which has been specially designed and forged in honour of Mrs Pearson.
To mark this life and career milestone a Grand Défilé entitled “Salute to Mrs P” has been choreographed by Queensland Ballet’s Paul Boyd which will be performed by senior ballet students from schools across Australia united in celebration of an extraordinary contribution to the art form. The Grand Défilé will be performed at Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall, at the conclusion of the Scholarship Finals and during the judging.