Jessi Seymour, winner of The Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship 2017. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
On 30 July 2017, Jessi Seymour won The Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship before a capacity crowd in the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House. It was a splendid victory and a few weeks later, she left Australia to take up a place at The Royal Ballet School in London that she secured earlier on.
There is nothing easy about leaving home at the age 16, but Jessi is coping well with its challenges.
"With great teachers and amazing students, it is a very motivating environment" Jessi said.
"I miss my family and friends and my former dance school, Alegria. And I miss my cat!" she said.
Jessi admits dancing is hard work. Students at The Royal Ballet School spend two hours studying and around six hours dancing, six days a week.
"I love every part of it" Jessi said.
"I can't believe it has almost been a year since I left. I am going to make the most of every minute" she said.
Jessi began performing on Sydney Eisteddfod stages as a 12-year-old in 2013. From then until 2017, she entered several events every year, and although she did not always place, she was always noticed.
In 2015, she won The Wenkart Foundation Ballet Championship (14 years). In this event she presented classical and contemporary solos, and in addition to receiving a glowing report from her judges, she convinced the ballet enthusiasts who attend Sydney Eisteddfod each year that she was an up and coming talent with a bright future ahead.