Matthew Bradwell on stage in the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod takes pride in reporting that 11 of the dancers, who recently performed at the Riverside Theatre Parramatta in The Australian Ballet Touring Company’s production of Giselle, are veterans of its platform.
On these tours, soloists of The Australian Ballet enjoy the opportunity to test their skills in major roles, while the student members discover what the life of a professional dancer is really like performing in small character parts and ensembles.
Out of the 11 alumni, five of the dancers are members of The Australian Ballet, while the remaining six are proud members of The Dancers Company.
Born in the Ukraine but raised in Melbourne, Soloist Valerie Tereshchenko shared the spotlight with another dancer in the title role of Giselle. She competed in the Sydney Eisteddfod in 2004 and collected accolades galore when she won the City of Sydney Ballet Championship, now known as the Wenkart Foundation Ballet Championships, along with other prizes.
Jasmin Durham and Isobelle Dashwood alternated in the fiendishly difficult role of Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis. A frequent performer on Sydney Eisteddfod stages, Jasmin gained second place in the highly contested Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship in 2007, and after completing her training at The Australian Ballet School, she joined the company in 2012. That year, Isobelle, who is still in her teens, scored a popular victory in this prestigious scholarship, a feat that led her into The Australian Ballet School where she excelled in her studies and graduated into The Australian Ballet in 2016.
Ella Havelka and Sophie Morgan, the two other professional dancers who appeared with the company at Riverside, honed their performance skills at Sydney Eisteddfod before engaging in advanced studies at The Australian Ballet School. Following her graduation from The Australian Ballet School in 2007, Ella joined the Bangarra Dance Theatre. She performed in numerous productions with this company but in 2013, she joined The Australia Ballet and etched her name in its history as the first dancer of Aboriginal descent to ever appear on its stages.
The six former Sydney Eisteddfod stars featuring with The Dancer’s Company also gave impressive performances.
Matthew Bardwell and Joseph Romancewicz shared the role of Giselle’s former boyfriend Hilarion. In 2014, Matthew danced in the final of Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship while Joseph, struck gold on its stages in the event for Classical/Demi Character Duo in 2013.
The remaining Sydney Eisteddfod veterans who appeared in the Riverside performances were Jordan Dwight, Annaliese Macdonald, Emma Koppelman and Noah Dunlop, who made his mark as a finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship in 2014.
Sydney Eisteddfod wishes these 11 wonderful dancers every success in their future careers.