TPCCA student Katie Sonnekus selected as Finalist in the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship

Eight young Australian dancers have been selected to compete in the final round of the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships, which will be held Sunday 2 August, at the Sydney Opera House. Katie Sonnekus, who joined the joined the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy full time program as a scholar student in January of this year, (studying under the tutelage of Lucinda Dunn) is one of these talented 8 Finalists.

The scholarships not only expose competitors to adjudicators such as David McAllister, artistic director of the Australian Ballet, but also carry a total prize value of $36 000. A $15.000 scholarship plus $3,000 cash is awarded to the outright winner and the best dancer of the opposite sex picks up a $10,000 scholarship and $2,000 cash prize while the six unplaced finalists receive $1,000 each.

Prior to joining the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, Katie received her training and completed all her RAD examinations with Heather and Melinda Palmer at the Mount Eden Ballet Academy in Auckland. Katie was awarded the TPCCA Scholarship Week at the Alana Haines Awards in 2013 which granted her the opportunity to experience the Tanya Pearson Academy and its faculty first hand for the first time.

In April this year, Katie performed again at the Alana Haines Awards and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Danish Ballet Summer school.

We congratulate Katie who will perform as one of the eight Finalists on the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage on 2 August and additionally congratulate two other TPCCA Full Time students April Maguire and Lee Zammit who were selected as the next two runner up Finalists making it into the top 10 in the entire competition.

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