14 July 2014
The Sydney Eisteddfod Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship is always a stellar event and this year was no exception with 92 entrants from all over Australia. Adjudicators Annaliesa Kreutz and Adam Blanch were amazed by the high standard of the competition and described choosing eight finalists from an outstanding field as an agonising choice.
After a qualifying heat and semi final master class, eight talented dancers progressed into the final round. All performed magnificently and at the end of an exciting day, Naomi Sano from The Sydney Ballet School, who displayed a distinctly moving quality, along with an excellent technique, emerged triumphant. Victorian Emily Bray, another hugely promising dancer, who studies at the Jane Moore Academy of Ballet finished in second place.
Lisa Pavane, director of The Australian Ballet School, attended the final and had no hesitation in awarding one-year scholarships to Brayden Gallucci, a student of the Port Macquarie Dance Centre, NSW, and Queenslander Navrin Turnbull from Danielle’s Studio of Dance.
The other finalists were Rebecca Blenkinsop (Vic), Mackensie Henson (Qld), Riley Lapham (NSW) and Bianca Scudamore (Qld).
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