Globetrotting is becoming a habit for a number of ballet students, and so far this year, some of our talented travellers have been showing the world that Australian dancers can hold their own in any company by testing their skills in major competitions in Switzerland, New Zealand and the United States. These international competitions attract the world’s best and Sydney Eisteddfod takes pride in reporting that most of those who placed or reached the finals of these contests honed their performing skills on its stages.
Alana Haines Australasian Awards
Australians invariably do well in this biennial New Zealand competition, and this year was no exception with victories in both the Supreme Awards and the Junior Scholars.
Once again we salute Harrison Lee who emerged victorious in the A Group section (13-15 Years) in the Supreme Awards. Victorian Emily Bray finished behind him in second place, while Queenslander Bianca Scudamore came third. The six dancers who competed in final round in this section were all champions of the Sydney Eisteddfod platform, so we take pleasure in congratulating Madison Ayton, Talia Fidra and Makensie Henson, along with the place-getters.
Sophie Smith took top honours in the Junior Scholar’s section, while Kieren Bofinger claimed third place. These outstanding young dancers entered Sydney Eisteddfod last year and applauding their efforts, we wish them future success.
Harrison Lee and Sophie Smith won the Audience Vote in their respective divisions, while in the senior section the people chose Mikaela Johnson, another Sydney Eisteddfod champion, as their favourite.
Youth of America Grand Prix (YAGP)
A week or so ago, 15-year-old Bianca Scudamore finished third in the Senior Women’s Division of the Youth of America Grand Prix (YAGP) and 14-year-old Ryu Bautista who gained third place in the Junior Men’s Division. These two dancers are greatly admired by Sydney Eisteddfod audiences and their success at YAGP says a lot for both their teachers and their talent.
While event attracts around 7,000 entrants annually, only about 350 progress to the semi final stage, so Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates the other 16 Australian qualifiers, especially Lucy Christodoulou and Talia Fidra who danced their way into the final of the Junior Women’s Division.