Emily Bray on stage at the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Four promising dancers who recently made their mark in the Sydney Eisteddfod Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship competed for top honours in the 2014 Royal Academy of Dance Bursary final. Lania Atkins, Emily Bray, Naomi Sano and Bianca Scudamore are all champions of the Sydney Eisteddfod and we congratulate them, and the fifth finalist South Australian Beatrice Johnson, on their success in qualifying for this prestigious event.
Principals of The Australian Ballet Lana Jones and Ty King-Wall, who judged the Bursary, were impressed by the high standard performances and admitted they had difficulty choosing a winner. After competing in an onstage class, the dancers performed a series of four set solo variations, and at the end of the day, Queenslander Bianca Scudamore emerged as the winner.
Having competed in the final of the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarships in both 2013 and 2014, Bianca is well known to the Sydney Eisteddfod team and we take this opportunity to applaud her achievement.
Both Bianca and Naomi Sano have qualified for the 2015 Prix de Lausanne, and are preparing to compete against top ballet students from all over the world in Switzerland in February. Sydney Eisteddfod wishes them every success and will follow their progress with interest.