Joshua Price on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPop Media
Congratulations to all nine talented Sydney Eisteddfod alumni who made it through to the final cut of the 2017 Prix de Lausanne!
A total of 48 Australian ballet dancers tried out to participate in the 2017 Prix de Lausanne with 10 talented ones making the final selection. They are among 72 dancers who will take part in the final in Lausanne, Switzerland, from January 30 to February 4 – chosen from a pool of 338 candidates (244 girls and 94 boys) from 36 different countries who applied for the video selection stage.
With 10 participants in the final, Australia was second only to Japan with 13 dancers. Entrants Joshua Jack Price and Tyla Steinbach were finalists in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship.
Sydney Eisteddfod chief executive officer Piroozi Desai-Keane wishes them all the very best of luck.
"Each year we see some incredibly talented young dancers on our stages so I’m thrilled to see that nearly all Australians taking part in this year’s Prix de Lausanne are Sydney Eisteddfod alumni, one of them being Joshua Price, our 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship runner-up,” she said.
“I hope they thoroughly enjoy the experience."
The Sydney Eisteddfod alumni competing at the 2017 Prix de Lausanne are:
Rose Dalton (Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy) – Concord, NSW
Thomas Dilley (Premiere Elite) – Bateau Bay, Central Coast, NSW
Heidi Freeman (KCs School of Dance) – Warragul, VIC
Brayden Gallucci (Alegria Dance Studios) – Belmont, Hunter Region, NSW
Joshua Jack Price (Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy) – Robina, QLD
Jessi Seymour (Alegria Dance Studios) - Bonnet Bay, NSW
Alexander Smith (Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Australia) – Forest Lodge, NSW
Tyla Steinbach (Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Australia) – Lane Cove, NSW
Isabella Wagar (Jane Moore Academy of Ballet) – Glen Iris, VIC
Sydney Eisteddfod asked them how they felt about the achievement and what they expect from the experience and here is what they said:
"It was a dream come true! For years I have watched and aspired to be one of the dancers on that stage when I was older – and now the moment has come! Previous candidates have told me of the friendships, connections and opportunities that the Prix de Lausanne brings to young dancers. The experience gained from the classes, travelling, school directors observing and the competition is extremely important for dancers preparing to enter a professional career."
“I feel totally shocked, overwhelmed and honoured. I think after competing in the Prix de Lausanne I will come back as a totally different person and dancer. I’m very excited for the ballet classes at the competition as I find I leave these with so much information and new knowledge. I’m also very excited for the coaching sessions and to be able to work one on one with such amazing teachers and be able to absorb all their corrections and tips.”
“I feel extremely lucky to be selected as a candidate for the 2017 Prix de Lausanne, and so privileged that I will be part of such an amazing experience with such amazing coaches and classes. I think it will be an experience of a life time, I am sure the knowledge and expert advice I will receive over the five days and being amongst such talented dancers from all over the world will contribute to my journey of one day becoming a professional ballerina.”
“It’s a huge honour. Being able to dance with international dancers is going to give me a new perspective. I can't wait to hang out with dancers from around the world who have a shared dream. I watch the videos of participants every year, it is kind of exciting and daunting knowing I am now going to be one of those dancers. I think the experience will be great for learning; I'm really looking forward to the classes. I really hope to have fun as well and not take it so seriously that I forget that the reason I dance is because I love it. I hope I can show the audience my love of dance too."
“I am honoured to have been selected as a candidate for the 2017 Prix De Lausanne! I am extremely excited to have been selected amongst some very talented dancers! I am still quite shocked and find it so surreal! I am sure that it will be an experience that I will never forget and that I will be surrounded by such influential and experienced professionals.”
“Being selected into the Prix de Lausanne has been a dream of mine ever since I delved into the ballet world. A place were both students and future artists can go to show off their talent while being looked at by the worlds best schools and company directors. For me in particular I am most excited to see, meet and compare with strong boys from around the world and see where I can improve my own technique and performance quality. The experience will be invaluable to all candidates as it will give us a taste of where we are and where we can improve. It will be an exciting week no matter the results! I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be one of the Australian candidates for Prix De Lausanne 2017.”