Over the past few years, I have been privileged to co-adjudicate the Robert and Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship; an ongoing collaboration with the Sydney Eisteddfod. As part of this prestigious section, each year The Australian Ballet School, at its discretion, may offer scholarships to promising students, for entry into either the Full-Time or the Interstate Training Programme.
I am consistently impressed by the standard and potential of the students that enter the competition and the reassurance that promises for the future of dance in Australia. I wish to acknowledge and pay tribute to the teachers in Australia today, who work with enthusiasm, perseverance and commitment to training students through their formative years.
Throughout my life, as a student and professional, it has been my teachers who inspired me to strive for excellence and I thank them for their knowledge, leadership and commitment.
As the incoming Director of The Australian Ballet School, my vision is to continue to strive for excellence in all students. International research suggests that the greatest impact on student achievement is due to the quality of teaching and our role as educators cannot be underestimated. I am inspired to work with our students and staff and connect with like-minded professionals around the country, through communities of practice and collaborative opportunities for professional learning. In reality, professional learning is something most teachers and educators do every day, as we reflect on our professional practice, work together, share ideas and strive to improve student outcomes.
With rapid change all around us and an evolving role for education and schools, finding time to update our knowledge, skills and professional thinking is vital. I hope we can all strive to inspire the future of dance in Australia. It is my passion, aspiration and vision to achieve this for the future, while honouring the past as the School has always done.