COOPER CRIDLAND HAYES AND OLIVIA BETTERIDGE SELECTED AS CANDIDATES FOR THE 2015 PRIX DE LAUSANNE

Posted November 12th, 2014 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General, Performances, Sydney City Youth Ballet by Classical Coaching

Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy student’s Cooper Cridland Hayes and Olivia Betteridge, have both been selected as candidates for the prestigious International dance competition, the Prix de Lausanne. With 296 young dancers considered for selection, only 67 individuals made the cut.

“Both Olivia and Cooper are very talented students with great potential. Olivia not only has the ideal physical attributes for classical ballet but she has proved to be a highly intelligent dancer and receptive student who I feel will progress a great deal over these next few years. Cooper is an incredibly talented young man blessed with lovely feet and legs for classical ballet. He has worked extremely hard this year and overcome many challenges and obstacles along the way.

I am thrilled that the Prix de Lausanne have recognised the potential in both of these students and I know they will both gain and grow tremendously as dancers from this wonderful experience.”  states their teacher Tanya Pearson.

Cooper and Olivia will both both be appearing in lead roles in the Sydney City Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Cooper will dance the principal role of the Prince and Olivia, the role of Clara, at select performances. The Nutcracker will be staged from Tuesday 16 December to Sunday 21 December 2014, at the Glen Street Theatre, Belrose. The Nutcracker will be presented under the direction of Tanya Pearson OAM and Lucinda Dunn OAM. Also a former student of Tanya Pearson, Lucinda went on to become the Australian Ballet’s Principal Artist and longest serving Ballerina.

In January 2015, Lucinda Dunn will step into the role as Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet.

Stars set to shine in Sydney City Youth Ballet’s, The Nutcracker

Posted November 7th, 2014 in Full Time Academy News, General, Performances, Sydney City Youth Ballet by Classical Coaching

Prominent ballet stars are set to take to the stage in the Sydney City Youth Ballet’s, The Nutcracker. The eminent Christmas favourite will be presented under the Artistic Direction of Lucinda Dunn OAM with Founder and Director of the Sydney City Youth Ballet, Tanya Pearson OAM.

 

2014 Genee Gold Medal Winner Vida Polakov
performing as Sugar Plum Fairy

Former Salzburg Ballet Principal, Daniel Asher Smith, will dance the role of the Prince in select performances. Originally from Perth, for the past

five years Daniel has been a Principal Artist with the Salzburg Ballet in Austria where he danced the Principal roles of Siegfried in Swan Lake, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Fersen in Marie Antoinette, Don Jose in Carmen as well as the lead roles in in Blues im Berg, Der Kuss and Bolero.

 

2014 Genee Gold Medalist, Vida Polakov will star in the production as the Sugar Plum Fairy. The promising 16 year old has recently returned from Belgium after taking out the Royal Academy of Dance’s highest honour. The Genee International Ballet Competition is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, attracting the finest young dancers from around the globe.

 

The Nutcracker will also feature special guests from The Australian Ballet. Principal Artist, Kevin Jackson and Corps de Ballet member and former Tanya Pearson student, Amanda McGuigan, will star as the Prince and Sugar Plum Fairy respectively, at certain performances.

 

An incredible opportunity to see some of Australia’s most notable dancers perform, tickets are priced between $25.00 and $45.00, making The Nutcracker an affordable, festive, family entertainment.

 

The Sydney City Youth Ballet will present both matinee and evening performances of The Nutcracker, from Tuesday 16 December to Sunday 21 December 2014 at the Glen Street Theatre, Belrose. Tickets are available from www.glenstreet.com.au. For details about performance times and special guest appearances, please contact the Glen Street Theatre Box Office on 02 9975 1455.

 

SYDNEY CITY YOUTH BALLET

THE NUTCRACKER

TUE 16 DEC TO SUN 21 DEC

THE GLEN ST THEATRE, FRENCHS FOREST

T: 9977 1455  WWW.GLENSTREET.COM.AU

or [email protected] for further information

VIDA POLAKOV WINS GENEE GOLD

Posted October 29th, 2014 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General, Performances, Sydney City Youth Ballet by Classical Coaching

Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy student, Vida Polakov, has been awarded the Royal Academy of Dance’s highest honour – the Gold Medal at the 2014 Genee International Ballet Competition in Belgium. It is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, attracting the finest young dancers from around the globe.

 

Trained by Mrs Tanya Pearson OAM, Vida Polakov will perform the starring role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Sydney City Youth Ballet’s, The Nutcracker. The production will be staged from Tuesday 16 December to Sunday 21 December 2014 at the Glen Street Theatre, Belrose.

 

Photo by Erik Sawaya

The Nutcracker will be presented under the direction of Tanya Pearson OAM and Lucinda Dunn OAM. Also a former student of Tanya Pearson, Lucinda went on to become the Australian Ballet’s Principal Artist and longest serving Ballerina. In January 2015, Lucinda Dunn will step into the role as Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet.

See further articles on Vida’s Genee Success:
http://m.smh.com.au/entertainment/dance/sydney-teenager-vida-polakov-courted-by-english-national-ballet-after-genee-win-20141028-11cxcl.html
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