Posted September 21st, 2010 in Full Time Academy News, General by Classical Coaching

Anastasia Bertinshaw (16 yrs Greenwich) and Shayarne Matheson (18 yrs – Wentworth Point), students of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy have received the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award.  An international Award of the highest calibre, the Solo Seal is awarded to very few worldwide each year.

Anastasia Bertinshaw commenced fulltime classical ballet training at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in January.  Since then she has been honoured as a Finalist in the RAD Advance 1 Isobel Anderson Awards, a Semi-Finalist in the Sydney McDonalds Ballet Scholarship, and a Finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod 16U Contemporary. She was the Outright Winner of the Kurrunulla Dance Festival having won the Senior Classical Ballet Championship and awarded the Most Outstanding Lyrical Dancer Award.  Last year (and whilst still a part-timer) Anastasia received the Ryde Eisteddfod Senior Classical Ballet Scholarship.  In November of this year Anastasia will take to the world stage, travelling to London to compete as a semi-finalist in the Royal Academy of Dance’s International Genee Competition.

18 year old Shayarne Matheson has been recognized in a number of international and nationalcompetitions. Winner of both this year’s Sydney Eisteddfod Wenkart Foundation Senior Ballet Championship and Classical Ballet 17U, Shayarne was the recipient of the 2009 SODA Senior Classical Ballet Scholarship, as well as a Finalist in the 2009 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship and winner of the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Dance Championship.  She was honoured to be a Finalist in the 2009 RAD International Genee Ballet Competition which was held in Singapore.

“It is always thrilling when students are awarded the highest of accolades” said Mrs Pearson. “Anastasia is a dedicated and passionate young dancer, with a wonderful stage presence and the ability to perform in all styles of dance.  Shayarne is a talented performer and promising choreographer who always rises to the occasion on stage” she continued.

The Solo Seal Award is the highest Vocational Graded examination of the Royal Academy of Dance and focuses on solo performance.  Distinction in Advance 2 is a pre-requisite with the examination taking place in front of an invited audience and a panel of judges.