Harrison Lee had a “surreal” 2015: he won the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship and the Prix de Lausanne. In 2016 he started his first year of full time training with the Royal Ballet School in London and recently danced the role of the Blue Boy in the School’s end of year performance of Les Patineurs. He danced in all 3 performances, including the main performance on the July the 9th at The Royal Opera House.
Reviews for his performance include: “Everyone enjoyed Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs, especially the livewire Harrison Lee (still only in the 1st year at the Upper School), who managed to insert some very acrobatic flips into the middle of one solo. I have no idea what Ashton might have thought, although, and perhaps strangely, they didn’t look particularly out of place. Lee also rounded the ballet off with a lighting fast series of turns in second as the lights went down”, from Seeing Dance.
Harrison took some time to talk to us about the experience of moving overseas to pursue his dream.
What has been happening since your fantastic win at the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final last year?
I started my first year of full time training at the Royal Ballet School in September. It has been amazing, I love living in London.
What has the experience of studying at the Royal Ballet School been like?
The Royal Ballet School has been everything I had hoped it would be and more. I have been given some wonderful opportunities like travelling to Japan to represent the School.
Have you faced any challenges? And how did you overcome them?
Moving to the other side of the world at just 16 was a huge challenge. Cooking, washing oh and sewing, my Grandma used to sew my elastics but lucky for me Capezio attach the elastic to male ballet shoes, so I don't have to worry about sewing!
What has it been like moving away from home at a young age?
It has been challenging to move away from my family and friends, I have had lots of ups and downs, I have really missed my family terribly, thank goodness we live in the age of technology and we are able to speak daily, that has helped me when things were especially hard.
What do you miss the most, apart from your family and friends?
The laid back life style we have in Australia, our beautiful beaches, seeing the sun shining in a right blue sky.