The Queensland Dance School of Excellence is proud to wave off another group of graduates from its Diploma of Dance course run in partnership with Queensland Ballet and Kelvin Grove State College. It has been a successful year for the class of 2009 but in particular, two of the male graduates, Joseph Stewart and Aeden Pittendreigh, have a lot to celebrate.
Joseph graduates with QDSE’s Most Outstanding Dancer Award; the Solo Seal certificate (the Royal Academy of Dance’s highest achievement); the Runner Up Award from the RAD Scholarships and a Dance Diploma, Overall Position and Certificate of Education.
Aeden graduates with QDSE’s Encouragement Award; the Dowling/Neylan Most Improved Male Classical Dancer Scholarship valued at $2000; the RAD Advanced II certificate and a Dance Diploma, Overall Position and Certificate of Education.
Along with 4 other QDSE students, both boys performed as extras with the Paris Opera Ballet in their recent Brisbane season of La Bayadere and to top off a fantastic year they have both been accepted to continue their dance training in Queensland Ballet’s Professional Year in 2010.
Joseph and Aeden join a growing list of graduates who have progressed from the school into the Queensland Ballet’s Professional Year (PY). Many of these have gone on to become full-time dancers with the company demonstrating the success of the long standing association between QDSE, Queensland Ballet and Education Queensland.
In 2010, the QDSE/PY graduates dancing with the company will include Melissa Tattam, Kathleen Doody and Tamara Zurvas as full-time company dancers and Lina Kim and Sarah Thompson as trainee dancers.