Tyla Steinbach on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Tyla Steinbach, a 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Finalist is having an incredible year!
She was one of 10 dancers to represent Australia in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland from January 30 to February 4 and has since accepted an offer from the San Francisco Ballet School to continue her studies. She will be attending the school’s summer school in July and moving to the United States later in the year.
She spoke to us about the Prix experience, moving across the world at 17 years of age and what she has learned on the Sydney Eisteddfod stage.
How was the experience at the Prix?
The Prix experience was one I will never forget. The competition was friendly and everyday there was something new to learn and to work on! I gained so much by working with the amazing faculty and being surrounded by such talented dancers.
Are you happy about the invitation to enrol at the San Francisco Ballet School?
I’m over the moon with my offer to train at San Francisco Ballet School. I'm so excited to be able to train at such a prestigious school and see where this new journey takes me.
Why did you want to join this particular school?
When looking at schools I wanted to find a school that would help me grow as a dancer and eventually help me get into a company and I knew that San Francisco Ballet School would be the school to help me achieve this.
Are you feeling anxious about moving to another continent by yourself?
I would say I am more excited than nervous to move to another continent. I moved from Perth to Sydney last year to further my dancing so I know what it is like not to have my family around me but it's scary to know that it's not just a quick flight over to see the family! I will also be going over to San Francisco with Joshua Price [2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship runner-up] which will make the transition a lot easier as I will have a fellow Aussie with me.
What are you looking forward to the most?
I'm looking forward to being able to work with different teachers and learn from their experiences. It's always so exciting to be able to work in a different way and adapt to new techniques.
What I learned from my Sydney Eisteddfod experience…
Sydney Eisteddfod has definitely been a stepping-stone in my dance journey. Last year at the Ballet Scholarship Finals I was able to perform at the Sydney Opera House, which gave me a taste of what it would be like to be a professional dancing on these amazing stages. That whole experience made my dream seem even more real.
Congratulations to Tyla and Joshua on their achievements!