Sydney Eisteddfod extends heartfelt congratulations to Kayla-Maree Tarantolo, the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship winner, who has just been offered a position as Corps De Ballet Member for Scotland’s leading ballet company, Scottish Ballet.
The month following her Sydney Eisteddfod triumph, Kayla-Maree began an advanced training course at one of the most highly regarded dance institutions in Europe, the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. Whilst undertaking this study, she had the opportunity to perform with the main company, Dutch National Ballet, as a swan in Acts 2 and 4 of their production of Swan Lake as well as rehearse their productions of Giselle and Mata Hari. Having the rare opportunity to work closely with a professional company was a profoundly beneficial learning experience, one which will assist her as she transitions from student to company member later this year.
Before moving to Scotland, Kayla-Maree will be travelling to Hamburg to perform in collaboration with some of the other leading ballet schools from around the world, including the Paris Opera Ballet School and The School of the Hamburg Ballet.
From a young age it became apparent that dance was Kayla-Maree’s passion; with unparalleled technique and stage presence, it was no surprise she developed a winning reputation and accumulated a long list of prizes to her name. In 2014 she was a finalist in the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship and in 2013, she took out first prize in The Wenkart Foundation Ballet Championship (15 years), the Contemporary Dance (15 years) event and the classical ballet (15 years) event.
Her accomplishments extended far beyond competition into the professional relm, being given the opportunity to appear with The Australian Ballet as the young Clara in the 2008 Sydney production of Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker, and in 2014, she danced with the company again as The Young Girl in La Sylphide.
Sydney Eisteddfod wishes Kayla-Maree the best of luck as she embarks on the first chapter of her professional ballet career and cannot wait to hear news of the many opportunities that will undoubtedly continue to come her way.