English National Ballet School Australian Scholarship

Published on 19th Oct, 2008

English National Ballet School Australian Scholarship

English National Ballet School (ENBS) has announced a new scholarship for one Australian student to train in London at this, one of the world’s leading centres for professional dance training.

The scholarship, worth £12,250 – 90% of one year’s fees – (Aus $31,500 at current exchange rates), will be awarded to one new student during director Jane Hackett’s tour of Australia later this month.

Jane will collaborate in a series of master-classes to be held across three states on Saturday 18 October (Sydney), Sunday 19 October (Melbourne) and 25 October (Brisbane). From these classes a small number of students will be asked to apply to the school for further selection.*

This is one of 20 scholarships that will be offered to new students in celebration of the school’s 20th anniversary. Students spend three years at the school, typically from 16-19 years, and join the top international ballet companies including English National Ballet, where five students were accepted this July, Leipzig Ballet (Germany), Cape Town City Ballet (South Africa), Graz Ballet (Austria) and Ballet de l’Opéra de National de Bordeaux (France)

ENBS is an international centre of excellence for all aspiring young dancers worldwide and increasingly some of the top new talent is coming from Australia. Selection is vigorous and the school takes only an average of 25 students each year, representing the best from around the world. There are currently three students at the school from Australia, out of a total of only 75. Two of the Aussie students are now in the third year and are currently on tour in the UK gaining invaluable professional experience with ENB.

Nathan Young from Nereng on Australia’s Gold Coast, graduated from the school this July and won a highly coveted contract with English National Ballet. Alison McWhinney is another Australian success story who graduated from the school in 2005, also joining ENB.

Jane explains why some of her top talent originates from down under. “I have always found the Australian students to be tremendously hardworking and tenacious. They take their training very seriously and are not afraid to work hard. Life as a professional ballet dancer is enormously challenging and takes real commitment; it is not something attained overnight.”

Jane continues, “On top of the commitment to training we also need talented young people. At an international symposium attended by all the top artistic directors of the best companies and ballet schools last year we all agreed that talent is not easily defined. It’s difficult to describe but we find that the Australians have what is often called the ‘X’ factor”

“The lucky few join our parent company English National Ballet and other European dance companies. We’re pleased that many of them also aspire to return home and join David McAllister at the Australian Ballet”

The school’s ethos is firmly centred on the belief that socio-economic forces should not limit students with real talent. ENBS already has an impressive record of supporting students through bursaries and grants. Currently 84% of the 75 students currently in full time training receive some kind of financial assistance either towards costs of tuition or living expenses.

Future Aussie ballet stars can find out more about Jane’s tour across Australia and how to join a master-class by clicking on to: www.enbschool.org.uk and www.dancetoursinternational.com

For more information and images contact the following:

In the UK:
Anita Hamilton at Hamilton Consulting
Tel: 020 8742 0566 M: 07768 778 772 Email: anita@hamiltonconsulting.org.uk

In Australia:
Meghan Cooper, Dance co-ordinator
AU Mobile: +61 0432 619 659 Email: missmegssy@hotmail.com

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