2015 McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship Semi-Finalists and Finalists on stage at McDonald's Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP
Congratulations to the Top 20 entrants in this year’s McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships who danced through a series of elimination rounds into the Semi-Final on Monday, July 6. The eight who survived the ultimate cut are now preparing for the final at Sydney Opera House on August 2, but according to adjudicators Margaret Illman and Leigh Warren, all the dancers who reached this level of the competition are all so outstandingly talented, careers in dance await them. Bravo all!
2015 McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship Semi-Finalists and Finalists:
Back row L to R: Madeleine Skippen, Wallsend (VBC), George Susman, Coogee (The Dance Spot), (*F) Madison Whitely, Manly West, QLD (Annette Roselli), (*F) Aiden Foster, Huntingdale WA (Charlesworth Institute),Aidan Daley, Sutherland (Ev & Bow Fulltime Dance Training Centre), (*F) Katherine Sonnekus, Auckland, NZ (Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy), (*F) Brayden Gallucci, Belmont (Lake Macquarie Dance Centre & Alegria Studios), (*F) Harrison Lee, Castle Hill (McDonald College).
Centre row: (*RF2)April Maguire, Wombarra, (Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy), Shannon Brooks, Warner, QLD (Danielle’s Studio of Dance), (*F)Emma Antrobus, Avalon (Conlan College), Olivia Betteridge, Lane Cove (Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy) Ashley-Kate Walsh, Sutherland (Ev & Bow Fulltime Dance Training Centre), (*RF1) Lee Zammit, Doonside (Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy).
Front row: Phoebe Taylor, Bowen Hills, QLD (Queensland National Ballet), (*F) Amelia Townsend, Wynnum, QLD (Annette Roselli), Jaidyn Cumming, Wamberal (McDonald College), Paige Rochester, Parkwood, QLD (Prudence Bowen Atelier), Arisa Sano, Cremorne (Sydney Ballet School), (*F) Jasmin Forner, Georges Hall (McDonald College).
(*F) Finalist; (*RF) Reserve Finalist.