Posted February 9th, 2011 in Full Time Academy News, General by Classical Coaching

Many full-time ballet students from the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy at St Leonards have just been offered places in European ballet schools. The offers follow a tour by the students to Selective ballet schools in England and Europe at the end of last year.

The twelve students that travelled included: Nicole Marshall, Tara Gower, Anastasia Bertinshaw, Hayley Page, Geraldine Phang, Jessica Borg, Tom Elphik, Liam White, Brittany Galpin, Taylor Bree, Reina Uchida, Yuka Ozaki, Caitlin Briasco, Rhiain Fernie, Catherine Moore.

Some of the offers have now been accepted by the students, while others are still to make a final decision.

According to Mrs Pearson, the Royal Ballet School in London has also expressed interest in four of the students and will await their performance in March at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York.

The four students selected to compete in the Grand Prix are Anastasia Bertinshaw, 16, from Greenwich,  Taylor Bree, 16 from Artarmon, Hayley Page, 16, from Avalon, and Joel Woellner, 16, from Illawong.

The Grand Prix is the largest scholarship competition for ballet students in the world and offers more than $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide.

The European tour of the students was escorted by Tanya Pearson who has strong links with many of the European ballet schools including the Bayerisches Staatsballet Company in Munich.

Three of her former students are members of the Munich company, including principal dancer Lisa Maree Cullum and soloist Stephanie Hancox.

Mrs Pearson said she and her students also visited John Neumeier’s ballet company in Hamburg and ballet schools in Geneva, Dresden, Basil, Mannheim and London.

“To be able to travel around Europe and visit so many of the selective schools has greatly inspired the students,” said Mrs Pearson.

“The students were honoured to have the opportunity  to take classes at the schools and to observe the company class in Munich was a highlight.”

The students who will take up offers to the European ballet schools will continue at the St  Leonards academy until September when they commence their studies overseas.