Georgia Neaverson. Photo: Olivier Wecxsteen
Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni Georgia Neaverson has been contracted with the Polish National Ballet (PNB) in Warsaw as a member of the corps de ballet since December 2017, following her full-time 3 year training with the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. For Georgia the future looks promising, having gained her second contract with the company for the duration of the current season.
"So far, working in the company has been fantastic. The company's repertoire consists of large, classical ballets (such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty), together with some neoclassical pieces, which are equally as challenging and rewarding. It's an honour to work with highly renowned choreographers and wonderful staff members and colleagues," she said.
For Georgia dancing at PNB is a perfect fit with what she is looking for as a dancer.
"For me, Polish National Ballet fits exactly the criteria of what I have always hoped for, with its highly classical repertoire, mesmerising theatre and fantastic international touring opportunities," she explained.
Georgia, like many ballet dancers, began her career at a young age (4 years), initially attending the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and eventually deciding to train full-time at Studio Tibor, indicating her determination to pursue this path wholeheartedly. It was at Studio Tibor that Georgia developed her technique and awareness of line in classical ballet under the guidance of Julia Horvath and Gilly Revie.
Her determination to succeed found expression through taking part in Sydney Eisteddfod group and solo events from 2010 to 2015, performing with the Byron Ballet and most notably competing as a finalist in the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix. Whilst performance opportunities for dancers is a must, Georgia also furthered her skills by attending summer intensive programs with reputable European ballet schools, including the English National Ballet School in London and the Princess Grace Ballet Academy in Monaco.
Whilst her story is inspiring and optimistic, her advice as a professional dancer so far is not to get too caught up in titles and to always focus on improving at any stage of one's career.
"I've realised the importance and value of each and every dancer within a company, no matter their rank or role. Although the title roles are often the most eye-catching and critical, the importance of a strong corps-de-ballet cannot be underestimated. Moreover, I have realised that all dancers, no matter the stage of their career, are always a work in process," she said.
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates Georgia on her success at gaining employment in the Polish National Ballet and looks forward to hearing what's to come next.