2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship winner Jessi Seymour and second scholarship winner Cameron Holmes. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod is incredibly pleased to announce that Jessi Seymour is the winner of the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Performing to a packed crowd on Sunday 30 July, Jessi presented two impeccable pieces, La Esmeralda's Variation from La Esmeralda, Act I and Dusk a contemporary solo by Shelley Moore.
The Second Scholarship for best dancer of the opposite sex was awarded to Cameron Holes, for his rendition of Basilio's Variation from Don Quixote, Act 3 and his self-choregraphed contemporary solo, entitled Burdened.
There is no denying the process to get to this Final at the Sydney Opera House is demanding and training of the highest level is required, yet all eight finalists proved through the Preliminary rounds, Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals that they are exceptional dancers and deserved to be on the stage.
Sydney Eisteddfod once again congratulates Jessi and Cameron on their achievements, but also extends heartfelt congratulations to all of the 2017 Finalists Janae Kerr, Isaac Shaw, Ashlee Crowe, Emma Dowling, Nichola Schapendonk, Tahlia Downey.
Sydney Eisteddfod would like to thank sponsors The Guillermo Keys-Arenas Dance Trust and The Scott Family Bequest as without their generous support the event's $36,000 total prize value would not have been possible.
Sydney Eisteddfod is confident that all Finalists will have successful careers in dance and hopes that through competing in this event, have been equipped with both the resources and experience needed to further this dream.