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Eight finalists announced for the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship

Grace Humphris. Photo by WinkiPoP Media.
Grace Humphris. Photo by WinkiPoP Media.
Kayla Van den Bogert. Photo by WinkiPoP Media.

Kayla Van den Bogert. Photo by WinkiPoP Media.

Eight promising ballet students have been selected to compete in the final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship on Sunday 26 August at Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall.

The Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship represents one of the most valuable and reputable awards in the southern hemisphere that encourages young dancers in the study of the art of ballet.

Joshua Green. Photo by WinkiPoP Media.

Joshua Green. Photo by WinkiPoP Media.

The finalists, who made it successfully through the heats, quarter-final and semi-final rounds will be taking to the stage in an effort to claim their share of the $36,000 prize total. The 2018 finalists are Shontaya Smedley (Rodd Point, NSW), Matthew Maxwell (Cleveland, QLD), Grace Humphris (Newcastle, NSW), Joshua Green (Wollongbar, NSW), Matisse Lewis (Aspendale, VIC), Kayla Van den Bogert (Goonellabah, NSW), Jemima Scott (Auckland, NZ) and Tyler Robinson (Palm Beach, QLD).

Shontaya Smedley. Photo by WinkiPoP Media.

Shontaya Smedley. Photo by WinkiPoP Media.

The eight finalists were selected by adjudicators Margaret Ilmann and Damian Smith from a total of 131 entrants across Australia and New Zealand, aged 16-19 years. David McAllister AM, artistic director of The Australian Ballet, and Li Cunxin, artistic director of the Queensland Ballet, will join the adjudication panel for the Final.

Tickets for the final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship start at $58.20. For bookings and more information, visit sydneyeisteddfod.com.au/the-sydney-eisteddfod-ballet-scholarship-16-19-years/ – tickets.

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