Joshua Jack Price on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
It was clear from the moment Joshua Price stepped onto the Sydney Opera House stage in 2016 that was he was going to have a multitude of opportunities and successes presented to him in his future. After going on to win the Second Scholarship in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, Joshua was offered a place at the San Francisco Ballet School as well as a place in the Summer Program.
Being set to start at the school in September 2017, Joshua recently received more exciting news he has also gained a place in the Trainee Program which means he will be training in a preprofessional environment and will be performing, choreographing and training in preparation to move into the Professional Company.
Sydney Eisteddfod recently caught up with Joshua in the lead up to his return to San Francisco to discuss all of these exciting events. He spoke about his experiences at the Summer Program and what he is most looking forward to in the Trainee Program.
"My first impressions of San Francisco were simple - honest, hardworking and full of life. These qualities were present also in the personalities of both the staff and the students" he said.
"The Summer Program was definitely demanding as the standard in each classroom was exceptionally high. While the classes have been challenging and the days very long, the teachers have provided a charismatic, demanding and sometimes comedic approach to their coaching, which in turn allows each student to keep pushing their individual limits".
With the incredibly high calibre of students that San Francisco Ballet School attracts, Joshua explained that he was determined to try his best and work hard, not holding any expectations as to which level he would be placed into for further training.
"When I was informed that I had been accepted into the Trainee Program, I really could not believe how fortunate I was to receive this placement. Along with this, I was immediately aware of the opportunity that has been presented to me and I felt really excited to start in September. It means that I will have to work very hard, but the experiences gained make it all worthwhile" he said.
But for anyone who has seen Joshua perform it is no surprise that he would be recognised for his immense talent. When looking back at this past year since his win in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, Joshua emphasised how grateful he is, not only for the opportunities it has provided him, but for all he learnt through competing in the festival each year.
"As a young dancer, I remember always watching and looking up to the students who got to compete at the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. I have a long history of competing in the solo events at Sydney Eisteddfod and I hoped that one day I would be able to experience the Opera House stage".
"The support I have received from both staff and volunteer members at the Sydney Eisteddfod has always drawn me to come back each year. Making it into the Finals and being selected as the 2nd Prize Winner was definitely a highlight for my dance journey and my partnership with the Sydney Eisteddfod is one that is very special to me. As a result of gaining this award, I have been able to work towards my dream without any boundaries or constraints and I appreciate how much this has enabled me".
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates Joshua on his recent achievement and can not wait to hear more about the wonderful experience he will surely have in San Francisco.