Harrison Lee on stage in the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WikiPoP Media.
Harrison Lee, 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Winner, has had an eventful and successful year studying at the Royal Ballet School in London. His performance of the Blue Boy in the school’s production of Les Patineurs received rave reviews in multiple publications, with one journalist from the Dancing Times (UK) stating that 'he is definitely a name to look out for'.
Adding to his list of achievements for the year, he was recently awarded third place in the 2016 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance. Named in honour of Lynn Seymour, one of the Royal Ballet’s leading ballerinas of her generation, the internal award is held annually at the Royal Ballet School.
Students were required to prepare a solo of their choosing without the mentoring or coaching of Royal Ballet School staff, which they then performed to an esteemed panel of judges. Harrison was the only Australian to receive a placing, following female dancers from the UK and Germany.
Sydney Eisteddfod alumni, Emily Umbrazunas also received a Special Mention for her performance. Emily was accepted into the prestigious Royal Ballet School in 2013, having previously trained at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy.
Sydney Eisteddfod is always overjoyed to hear of the incredible things its alumni achieve, and wish Harrison and Emily all the best as they continue to pursue their dreams.