LUCINDA DUNN OAM TO BECOME ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE TANYA PEARSON CLASSICAL COACHING ACADEMY and SYDNEY CITY YOUTH BALLET

Posted March 13th, 2014 in General by Classical Coaching

Thursday 13 March 2014 – In January 2015 Lucinda Dunn OAM will become the Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet, it has been announced.

A student of Tanya Pearson OAM since the age of 13, Lucinda is one of Australia’s most celebrated prima ballerinas.

A graduate of the Academy, Lucinda won the Prix de Lausanne in 1988 before continuing her training at the Royal Ballet School, London.

Commencing with the Australian Ballet in 1991 her stellar career has seen her perform all over the world as the company’s Principal Artist and longest serving Ballerina.

With over fifty years of teaching, Tanya Pearson established the Academy forty-five years ago and now has graduates in ballet companies around the world. As such the Academy is internationally recognised as one of the most highly regarded selective classical coaching academies.

Lucinda has always maintained a close relationship with the Academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet, often returning to coach as well as perform as a guest artist.

In making the announcement Mrs Tanya Pearson said, “I could not be more thrilled to have Luci carrying on the Tanya Pearson legacy.  She is not only one of my most successful students, but also someone I hold in the highest regard as a brilliant coach and teacher and perfect to continue the national and international reputation of the Academy.”

Lucinda Dunn said, “I’m honoured and thrilled to be Tanya Pearson’s successor, and will aim to enrich and challenge the students of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, as Mrs P has done over the past fifty years.”

From 1 January 2015 Lucinda will be the Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet.  Mrs Pearson will continue to be present as Founder, with Nicole Sharp continuing in her capacity as General Manager.

Lucinda Dunn performing as Guest Artist at the Mrs P Celebration Gala 2012. Photo by Erik Sawaya

 

TPCCA STUDENTS SELECTED FOR THE FINALS OF THE PRESTIGIOUS YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX, NEW YORK

Posted March 8th, 2014 in Full Time Academy News, General, Performances by Classical Coaching

Rory Ferguson

Rory Ferguson (17Yrs), Valentina Markovinovic (17Yrs) and Tom Malberg (16Yrs)  have been selected from a worldwide pool of contestants to perform in the Finals Round of the worlds largest ballet competition. We congratulate them on their success and wish them all the best in the Finals Round which will take place in New York from 3 – 13 April 2014.

The Youth America Grand Prix is a global dance network connecting classically-trained young students, teachers, schools, companies, alumni, sponsors, dancers and choreographers to audiences who share a distinct passion for and love of dance.

Valentina Markovinovich

 

Celebrating its 15th year of operation, YAGP annually sponsors the world’s largest student ballet scholarship audition through which over $300,000 in scholarships is awarded from the leading dance schools worldwide.

Tom Malberg

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Youth American Grand Prix head to www.yagp.org.

RORY FERGUSON AWARDED BRONZE AT GENÉE INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION

Posted October 2nd, 2013 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General by Classical Coaching

Rory Ferguson has been awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2013 Genée International Ballet Competition, held this past week in Glascow, Scotland.

 

One of only five medalists selected from fifty-eight international candidates, the talented Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy student underwent five days of intense coaching and two days of Semi-finals before making the final twelve.

 

Hailing from Glen Alpine in Sydney, 17 year-old Rory performed for a judging panel of top international ballet professionals including prima ballerina and President of the Royal Academy of Dance Darcey Bussell CBE, Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare and Artistic Director of the Scottish Ballet Christopher Hampson.

 

Director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, Mrs Tanya Pearson OAM said, “We are so proud of Rory’s achievement at this prestigious international competition. It is one of the most valuable learning experiences for a young dancer.”

 

President of the Royal Academy of Dance Darcey Bussell CBE said, “Many former Genée finalists and medalists have gone on to exciting and high-profile careers with companies as diverse as The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Australian Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov) to name but a few. I look forward to seeing how our 2013 medalists develop their own careers – with a Genée medal to their names and this experience serving as a wonderful stepping stone.”

 

Five students of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy competed as Semi Finalists in the 2013 Genee International Ballet Competition – Valentina Markovinovich, Mischa Hall, Janice Slattery, and Ellie Hargreaves.

 

See Dance Australia article: http://www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/australian-success-at-genee

 

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