Laura Van Loon onstage at Sydney Eisteddfod in 2017. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod alumni Laura Van Loon is returning to Nuremberg, Germany for her second contract with Staatstheater Nuremberg Ballet as a soloist in August 2019.
“I am most excited for all that there is to learn about the refined yet powerful art of dance. I look forward to seeing the way Goyo’s work pushes and extends my boundaries through his wonderful work.”
In 2017, Laura completed in the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition in Florence, Italy – where she received the Junior Contemporary Dance Award and several scholarships to audition for schools throughout Europe. Shortly after the Competition, she joined the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp in Belgium.
Through the Royal Ballet School, Laura took part in the Prix De Lausanne in early 2018. During this experience, she had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographer and director of the Staatstheater Nuremberg Ballet, Goyo Montero.
Laura said, “Every minute working with Goyo Montero was exciting!”. Working with Goyo opened doors for Laura, as she was selected to join the Staatstheater Nuremberg Ballet on a guest contract in November 2018.
“The five months of my guest contract was simply amazing and full of learning curves! I feel very honoured to have been able to dance alongside an amazing cohort of dancers and be a part of the most beautiful repertoire.”
Following this contract Laura travelled home to Australia, and she is excited to return to Nuremberg in August 2019 for her second contract as a soloist until July 2020.
In her first contract she performed in Goyo Montero’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dürer’s Dog. She also rehearsed for Marco Goecke’s Thin Skin and Jirí Kylián’s Falling Angels, which she is excited to perform next season.
“I look forward to taking every opportunity to learn and be stretched in my ballet and contemporary technique.”
Laura Van Loon began ballet classes at the age of two and a half at her parents’ school, Van Loon Dance Academy (VLDA) where she danced growing up. In addition to her training at VLDA she was an Intra/Interstate and International Training Programme student at the Australian Ballet School and completed the Transition Program at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy.
Laura refers to herself as a person of many interests and hobbies. She also loves surfing, athletics, horse riding, spearfishing, science, adventuring and water colour painting. She believes these passions contribute to her identity as a dancer.
“The more we involve ourselves in things outside the dance world, the more we are able to give in dance and express through dance…what I can offer is then unique and special to me. My faith in God also plays a huge role in my passion and inspiration for dance.”
Thinking back to her days at Sydney Eisteddfod, Laura says, “I enjoyed competing at Sydney Eisteddfod given the high cohort of talent and skill that I was able to dance alongside each year. I remember Sydney Eisteddfod growing larger and larger each year due to its great name and reputation of excellence. It was great to be a part of it all”.
To someone thinking of entering Sydney Eisteddfod Laura encourages any aspiring young dancer to enter and enjoy all that it offers them.
“They will have the chance to perform amongst a talented cohort of their peers and will learn so much."