400: Sydney Eisteddfod BALLET SCHOLARSHIP (16-19 Years)

Tentative Venue: The Concourse - Theatre, Chatswood

Event Ages: 16 to 19 years

Event Type: Solo

Sponsored by
The Estate of the Late Mr Leslie Andrews, Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet & Bloch for Dancers

Details
Status: Cancelled

Two variations are required:
a) One from the traditional classical repertoire listed below.
b) Free contrasting solo of up to 3 minutes.
No tap shoes allowed. This Free Variation may be repeated in ONE other dance event.
Please refer to Item 7 under the Dance Category Rules & Conditions. Entrants are advised that it is important to show elements with ground and air usage, dynamic movements that cover space and are in contrast to their classical solos, to show diversity.

Finalists repeat both variations in a deciding final at The Concourse - Theatre (Sunday 23 August 2020). Backing CDs will be the same accompaniment as used by the entrants in the heats.

Class allocation for all interstate/regional entrants will be scheduled for the last day (Sunday 12 July) only if entries are received on or before the earlybird closing date of Friday 13 March 2020. After which they will be allocated into any of the classes where there are spaces.

Note: Proof of Age & Residency Requirements.

CONDITIONS:
1. Previous winners not eligible.
2. Open to any dancer who is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand.
3. Dancers who accept an 'Apprentice Scholarship' or a 'Contract' with a company AND those who are already training with an overseas school at the time of the competition are not eligible for these scholarships, but can perform for 'comments only' and are not eligible for a refund.
4. Semi-Finalists will be required to produce proof of age and residency before they are allowed to compete (e.g. original birth certificate or a photocopy OR an Australian or New Zealand passport OR a permanent resident stamp. A driver's licence is NOT acceptable).
5. Entrants are advised to submit PROFESSIONAL QUALITY BACKING CDs.
6. Adjudicators' reports will be written for the classical solos only. No marks will be given on these reports.
7. All entrants must attend a Closed Preliminary Class with the Adjudicators.
Dress code for both the Preliminary Class and the Master Class:
- Ladies: Leotard with pink tights and flat ballet shoes with elastics (no ribbons). Please bring your Pointe Shoes for the Master Class (Semi-Final) Class only.
- Gentlemen: Any coloured tights, white tight-fitting top (no singlets), white socks with white shoes, or black sock with black shoes.
NOTE: Entrants not following this dress code may be disqualified.
8. All entrants present their Classical Variation before an audience. Backing CD may be piano or orchestral arrangement. Up to one third of these dancers will be selected as Quarter-Finalists.
9. Quarter-Finalists present their Free Variation before an audience. Up to 20 Semi-Finalists will be selected. Entrants to supply their own PROFESSIONAL QUALITY BACKING CDs or USBs for both routines. See Entrant Corner for CD & USB Policy on Sydney Eisteddfod website: sydneyeisteddfod.com.au/cd-and-usb-policy/. 

ALL QUARTER-FNALISTS NEED TO BRING THEIR CLASSICAL COSTUMES.
Semi-Finalists will have a group photo on stage after the announcement, in their CLASSICAL COSTUMES, followed by individual shots.

10. Semi-Finalists attend a Closed Master Class with the Adjudicators, from which EIGHT FINALISTS TWO RESERVE FINALISTS will be chosen. All finalists (including reserves) are required for interviews with the adjudicators after the Master Class.
11. Finalists repeat both Variations in a deciding Final at The Concourse - Theatre in the SAME COSTUMES as presented in the heats. Backing CDs will be the same accompaniment as used by the entrants in the heats. It is compulsory to perform in the Final under the direction of an experienced lighting director, appointed by Sydney Eisteddfod.
12. Awarding of the Second Scholarship to a dancer of the opposite gender to the winner is at the discretion of the adjudicators and remains subject to performance standard.
13. Winners receive payment of the cash component within 21 days of the Final and Scholarships progressively in instalments upon application as follows:
Study In Australia - Eight equal instalments over one year
Study Overseas - Four equal instalments over one year.
14. To qualify for each instalment, payment is subject to the winner providing satisfactory progress reports of continued study from teachers or teaching institutions.
15. The Scholarship must be taken up within two years from the date of winning and be completed within one year thereafter or be forfeited. If the winner is under, or subsequently accepts, a professional contract, the Scholarship can still be used provided approved tuition or coaching is undertaken and reported as per Condition No 14 above.
16. The Winners and Finalists must be reasonably available for media interviews and to perform without fee in future Showcase performances nominated by and in the interest of Sydney Eisteddfod.

ADJUDICATION PROCEDURE & DATES:
1. All entrants must attend a Preliminary Class with the Adjudicators (Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July 2020). Dress applicable to both the Preliminary Class and the Master Class: (DRESS CODE: See No 7 above under the 'Conditions' for this Scholarship).
2. All entrants present their Classical Variation before an audience (Monday 13 July 2020). Entrants to supply their own backing CD, which may be piano or an orchestral accompaniment.
3. Up to one third of those dancers will be selected for a Quarter-Final. Quarter-Finalists present their free variation before an audience (Tuesday 14 July 2020). ALL QUARTER-FINALISTS WILL NEED TO BRING THEIR CLASSICAL COSTUMES on this day.
4. Up to 20 Semi-Finalists will be selected to attend a Master Class with the Adjudicators, from which EIGHT FINALISTS + TWO RESERVE FINALISTS will be chosen (Wednesday 15 July 2020).
5. All Finalists will be interviewed by the Adjudicators after the Master Class.

All entrants are advised to have the following information pre-prepared as finalists will be asked to supply this information shortly after they are selected:
- Title of classical variation
- Title AND style of free variation
- A 200-word biography in paragraph format (as a Word document, not printed)

Total Prize Value Exceeds $36,000.
Sponsored By The Estate of the Late Leslie Andrews and supplemented by Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund.
OUTRIGHT WINNER: $18,000 ($3,000 cash plus a $15,000 Scholarship). Sponsored by The Estate of the Late Leslie Andrews, and the opportunity of a short secondment with The Royal Danish Ballet.
2nd Scholarship: $10,000 ($2,000 cash plus a $8,000 Scholarship). Sponsored by Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund.
FINALISTS: $1,000 each (excluding place-getters). Sponsored by Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund.

Bloch for Dancers Gift Cards
Outright Winner: $500
2nd Scholarship Winner: $300
Finalists (excluding place-getters): $150 each

* Both Winners will have the opportunity to attend classes and observe rehearsals, at the discretion of the Artistic Directors, with: The Australian Ballet; Birmingham Royal Ballet, UK Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet Academy, USA and Northern Ballet, Leeds, UK.
* Both Winners will have the opportunity to attend classes with English National Ballet School, London.
* Both Winners will receive a photographic portfolio to the value of $100 of performance photos taken during the Festival courtesy of WinkiPoP Media.

Queensland Ballet
Selected by their Artistic Director Li Cunxin, or a QB representative, two finalists will be awarded the opportunity to attend classes and observe rehearsals with the Company and/or Academy for one week in 2021.

Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Performance Awards
Presented (at the discretion of their Directors or appointed representative) to one or two Finalists, consisting of a performance fee of $1,500 and return airfares and accommodation (up to 10 days) for recipients living outside Victoria. The prize will be an opportunity to perform, with a full orchestra and international guest artists, in two or three performances of the ACB's December full-length classical ballet production at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

Tanya Pearson Artistry Award
Presented to the Finalist who displays the highest level of artistry and stagecraft in keeping with the teachings of Tanya Pearson OAM. The recipient will receive an original bronze sculpture, male or female, by reknowned artist Linda Klarfied that has been specially designed and forged in honour of Mrs Pearson.

  • Dance Category Rules & Conditions
  • General Rules & Conditions of Entry
  • CD & USB Policy
  • Repertoire List

Levels in this Event

Preliminary Classes - Closed to Public (Tentative) 11/7/20 The Conlan College, Pymble
Preliminary Classes - Closed to Public (Tentative) 12/7/20 The Conlan College, Pymble
Heats - Classical Variation (Tentative) 13/7/20 Shore School - Smith Auditorium, North Sydney
Quarter Finals - Free Variation (Tentative) 14/7/20 Shore School - Smith Auditorium, North Sydney
Semi Finals - Master Class - Closed to Public (Tentative) 15/7/20 The Conlan College, Pymble
Final The Concourse - Theatre, Chatswood