Montana Rubin on stage in the 2011 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
It was reported earlier in the year that Sydney Eisteddfod alumni Montana Rubin and Isobelle Dashwood were graduating from the Australian Ballet School into the official Company as members of the ‘corps de ballet’. This was a major achievement for both girls, who have been pursuing their dreams of becoming professional ballet dancers since their days competing in the festival.
Now five months on, both Montana and Isobelle continue to go from strength to strength as they partake in their first season with the company. Between late April and early May, they performed in the Symphony in C program, Isobelle in the First Movement: Allegro Vivo and Montana in the Third Movement: Allegro Vivace. As the name suggests, the program predominately paid homage to George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, but also included a mini-gala of five works, bringing in contemporary and more innovative elements to the performance.
Although just performing with The Australian Ballet is an achievement in itself, both Isobelle and Montana had their names featured in the program, a rare honour for first year members of corps de ballet.
Montana, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, first started dance classes at the age of three. Upon moving to Australia, she trained under Mark Reily and Peta Frith at The Dance Spot and then later at The Australian Ballet School. She etched her name into the Sydney Eisteddfod history books between 2005 and 2012, consistently collecting prizes and awards in numerous events. In 2011, she took out top honours in the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship.
Growing up in Queensland, dance had always been apart of Isobelle’s life. Her mother is a ballet teacher and all four of her siblings’ are dancers in their own right. In 2012, she took over Montana’s title, winning the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship.
There is no denying both Montana and Isobelle have bright futures with The Australian Ballet ahead of them and Sydney Eisteddfod can’t wait to see their progression as dancers in the years to come.