Awards & Bursaries

by RAD National Branch and our Regional Panels

 

2017 FRIENDS OF THE BALLET - RAD BURSARY

The annual Friends of the Ballet – RAD Bursary for Advanced 1 candidates took place in Johannesburg on 11th March in front of a small invited audience.

Competitors participated in an open class artistically arranged by Joyce Myroff with musical accompaniment by Michael-John Sheehan. They also performed two solos. This year's judges were Liane Lurie and Odette Milner Parfitt.

The winner was Somer February (pictured right) who started ballet as a recreational activity at the age of 3 and at age 11 when she stared contemporary dance she knew that dancing is what she wanted to pursue in the future.

Somer is fortunate to be trained by many wonderful teachers such as the late Paula Olivier; Jayd Swart; Lesley Angove and Celeste Greeff.

She says: “I have loved the art of dancing my whole life and it is part of who I am. I enjoy the hard working environment and determination and passion to improve my movement and technique during training, to be rewarded when performing on stage which is the ultimate highlight.
In the past I have performed in multiple international competitions and local competitions receiving numerous awards for my dancing such as, receiving Overall Sectional Winner for Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz Sections in various local competitions, as well as highest scores obtained overall in both ballet and contemporary.

In April 2016, I competed at the Valentina Koslova International Ballet Competition Finals in New York, where I placed third in my contemporary section and advanced to the finals in my ballet section. In July 2016, I competed in Bulgaria at the Grand Dance International Ballet Competition where I received identical results as in New York.

In March 2017, I received the RAD Advanced 1 Bursary as well as Overall Best Junior Dancer at Local Competitions and I was given the opportunity to perform with the Royal Moscow Ballet on their tour in South Africa where I performed as a soloist. I have been a dancer with the JOZI Youth Dance Company (JYDC) since 2014 and performed as a soloist and principle dancer since our first show in 2015. Being with the JYDC has taught me so much, and I have grown tremendously as a dancer as well as a person.

I would like to pursue a professional dance career in a ballet or contemporary company. I aspire to be successful internationally which will broaden opportunities that could be available to me.”

 

VAL WHYTE BURSARY PERFORMANCE

Ongoing in its impressive 27th year, the Val Whyte Bursary Performance took place on 26 and 27 May 2017 at the Roodepoort Theatre.

From 9 selected performers who had been prepared for their finalist class by Fiona Budd (former PACT Ballet and then former Senior Soloist and Managing Director of SABT), the winner selected was, Tayla de Bie (Jacqui Wells). Accompanying at the piano was Jacqui Roos.

The other 8 finalists were Kyra Teague (Joanne Bobrow), Brigitta Krauss (Joanne Bobrow), Danielle Putter (Tanya Fourie), Lesedi Moima (Karen Beukes), Olivia Davies (Joanne Bobrow), Amy Katzman (Joanne Bobrow), Megan van Vuuren (Karlien Hugo) and Hannah Dludla (Carmen Patterson).

All finalists receive a year of sponsored training at Joburg Ballet Academy, with the winner receiving a generous cash award towards ballet studies throughout high school.

The adjudication panel comprised, Manuel Norambuena; Felicity Haynes; Natasha Ireland; Nadine Sacker and Sarah King.

Following the finalist class, each dancer performed a solo as well as a group dance, both choreographed by Fiona Budd.

The audience was treated to a contemporary piece, “Crumbling”, choreographed by Jayd Swart and performed by Joburg Academy dancers.

The endearing Children's Ballet, “Will Cinderella Be On Time For The Ball?” was choreographed by Anneliese Venter with Tania Doyle and Carmen Patterson assisting.

Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker followed, produced by Burnise Silvius and Nicole Ferreira-Dill, with choreography by Iain MacDonald, Angela Malan and Karen Beukes, and performed by dancers of Joburg Academy.

The finale of the evening, showcased past Val Whyte Bursary winner (2007), Shana Dewey, who is now a soloist with Joburg Ballet, partnering Ruan Galdino, (appearing by permission of Joburg Ballet) in a passionate Pas de Deux from the ballet, La Traviata.


Auditions for 2018 Val Whyte Bursary take place on 14 October 2017.
For further information, kindly contact Carole McLuskie – ceeveem@mweb.co.za.