Lania Atkins on stage at the McDonald's Sydney Eisteddfod.Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod takes pride in reporting that nine of the 13 Australian and Australian-trained dancers who have qualified for a place the semi final of the 2016 Prix de Lausanne are stars of its stages.
Those chosen include New Zealander Katherine Sonnekus from Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy who finished second to Harrison Lee in the recent Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship, along with Brayden Gallucci from Alegria Dance Studios and Aiden Foster from Charlesworth Ballet Studio who were finalists in this event.
Other qualifiers include Naomi Sano from Sydney Ballet School who won the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Robert & Elizabeth Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship and Emily Bray from Jane Moore Academy who finished in second place. Talent always abounds in this event and finalists Riley Lapham, now studying at The Australian Ballet School and Mackensie Henson from the Prudence Bowen Atelier are also heading for Switzerland. Joining them is 2015 winner Lania Atkins from The Dance Spot and her classmate George Susman who was a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Ballet Scholarship.
To gain a place is this top world event is a monumental achievement and Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates these outstanding young dancers and wishes them all every success as they prepare to represent Australia in Lausanne.