Josha Jack Price on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Joshua Jack Price, winner of the second scholarship for best dancer of the opposite sex in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final, took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Sydney Eisteddfod about his biggest inspirations and what his goals are for the future. He also discussed why he decided to perform The Grand Pas de Deux Male Solo and The Story of the Shield in the Final.
What inspired your passion for ballet?
Ever since I was young, whenever I heard classical music, I started moving. I didn't know why, but I just had to! Eventually I persuaded my mum to take to a ballet class at age eight, where I immediately fell in love.
Who inspired you to start dancing?
The first time I saw a male dancer perform was on TV, Mikhail Baryshnikov. At the time I did not know who it was, but admired his turns and jumps - which still to this day amazes me!
Who inspires you and why?
My inspiration comes from a number of places - my current teachers, my past teachers, my classmates, the people I compete against, videos on social media and old DVDs of past professional ballerinas. There is so much to learn from watching them and it drives me to keep working hard.
Tell us a little bit about the classical variation and free variation that you performed and why you chose to perform them at the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship FINAL.
The classical variation I performed was from The Nutcracker The Grand Pas de Deux Male solo. The solo is extremely technical and challenges my capabilities, it also showcases some advanced movements. I felt this was best suited for me as it pushes me to work harder and keep improving.
My contemporary is entitled The Story of the Shield and was choreographed by Joseph Aitken. The solo represents a roman warrior, and the different emotions the character would experience. I felt this was a great contrast to the classical routine as it was very dynamic and controlled.
Which other performers do you most like to watch, and why?
My favourite performers to watch are my classmates and teachers. I can learn so much from watching them in class, and they constantly push me to be the best I can be.
What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?
Relax, exhale, and perform!
What are you hoping to achieve next?
My next goal is to audition for a world renowned school, either in Australia or overseas. This would take me one step closer to my dream of being a professional dancer.