Hyo Shimizu. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Waitara dancer Hyo Shimizu is officially the recipient of The Sydney Eistedddfod Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship (14 & 15 years) for 2018. In addition to winning $7,000 for his efforts in the heats, semi-final and final rounds, Shimizu has also been awarded The Australian Ballet School Scholarship, which will enable him to study there for a year, covering his tuition and academic costs.
Shimizu is by no means new to Sydney Eisteddfod stages, having won the Wenkart Foundation Ballet Championship at the age of 13 and having also taken part in a number of other events.
Congratulations to Amber Alston of Mangerton, who came second in place and to the finalists, who will also receive financial recognition for making it to this stage in the event. Sponsors Robert Albert AO and Libby Albert have generously supported the talent of young ballet dancers through this scholarship, with the total prize valued at $11,500.
The other finalists for 2018 were Mackenzie Thompson (Bonogin, QLD), Phoebe Kilminster (Thirroul), Corey Gavan (Figtree), Milei Lee (Melbourne, VIC), Lucinda Schoeman (St Leonards) and Yeonwoo Kim (Cherrybrook). Congratulations to these dancers for all their hard work, and who made it through the various stages from a pool of 90 entrants.
The judges, Jacqui Carroll and Belinda Hernandez, were certainly impressed with the high level of performances they were responsible with the difficult task of judging.