4 August 2014
Bravas galore for 15-year-old Kayla-Maree Tarantolo who emerged as outright winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships at Sydney Opera House last night. Applause, too, for 18-year-old Daniel Russell who received the second scholarship that is traditionally awarded to the best dancer of the opposite sex to the winner.
This year, the scholarships attracted a record total of 180 entrants. Over several days, adjudicators Rani Luther and Colin Peasley followed the dancers through a series of elimination tests until only the eight who featured in last night’s final remained.
David McAllister AM, artistic director of The Australian Ballet, announced the awards and assisted the other adjudicators in the final decision-making. Mr McAllister congratulated the winners on their success. Then, pointing out that the standard of this year’s competition was exceptionally high, he told the other six finalists that by out-performing over 178 others, they had every reason to take pride in their achievements.
The other finalists who made this year’s final one of the most outstanding in Sydney Eisteddfod history were Matthew Bradwell (Vic), Bethany Cockburn (Qld), Noah Dunlop (Vic), Chiara Gonzalez (Qld), Sasha Leong (NSW) and Sera Schuller (Qld).
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