Nichola Shapendonk, finalist in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Eleven Australians have been chosen to perform in the semi-final round of the 2018 Prix de Lausanne. They are:
Joel Burke - QLD – Queensland Ballet Academy
Audrey Freeman – NSW – Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching
Primrose Kern – QLD – Claudia Dean Coaching – Annette Roselli DA
Phoebe Kilminster – NSW – Joanne Grace School of Dance
Layla Kluss – QLD – Classical Coaching Australia
Matisse Lewis- VIC – The Jane Moore Academy of Ballet
Dominie Lythgoe – QLD – Classical Coaching Australia
Matthew Maxwell – QLD – Annette Roselli Dance Academy
Nichola Shapendonk – VIC – The Australia Conservatoire of Ballet
Kayla Van Den Bogert – QLD – Karen Ireland Dance Centre
Saskia Vogt – NSW – The Conlan College
The three NSW finalists, Audrey Freeman, Phoebe Kilminster and Saskia Vogt have all succeeded on Sydney Eisteddfod stages. As a finalist in the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet, Phoebe was the proud recipient of a one year scholarship to The Australian Ballet School, along with three high commendations. Saskia, who also reached the final round of the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship, finished second in the Modern Expressive /Lyrical Solo (14 years) and also gained three Commendations, while Audrey, who did not enter this year, has a fine collection of medals, most of them gold, that she won on our stages in the past.
Victorian Nichola Shapendonk was a much-admired finalist in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, while Queenslanders Kayla Van Den Bogert and Dominie Lythgoe are also veterans of its platform. Kayla, who also entered the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, made it through to the quarter-final, while Dominie finished third in The Wenkart Foundation Junior Ballet Championship (11 & 12 years), plus a high commendation when she came from Queensland to dance at Sydney Eisteddfod in 2015.
The 2018 Prix de Lausanne competition will be held in Switzerland from 28 January to 4 February 2018.