Suc­cess­ful month for Taynuilt's Bal­let West

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

It's been a suc­cess­ful month for the Taynuilt-based Bal­let West, with two stu­dents mak­ing it to the fi­nal of a na­tional tele­vised com­pe­ti­tion and a teacher win­ning a pres­ti­gious award.

Two of the fi­nal five com­peti­tors in the BBC Young Dancer com­pe­ti­tion were Uyu Hiro­moto and Os­car Ward – both stu­dents at the bal­let school.

Bal­let West en­tered three stu­dents in to­tal, who all reached the fi­nal 10.

Bal­let West teacher Natasha Wat­son also racked up some suc­cess by re­ceiv­ing a Phyl­lis Bedells Award for chore­og­ra­phy.

Bal­let West first-year stu­dent Hortense Malaval per­formed the piece writ­ten by Natasha at the com­pe­ti­tion and was recog­nised for her per­for­mance.

Natasha also re­ceived a con­tract with English Na­tional Bal­let – per­form­ing in their pro­duc­tion of Cin­derella.

This is her sec­ond con­tract with the com­pany. She will re­turn to Bal­let West to per­form the role of Giselle in Bal­let West Scot­tish tour next Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

A spokes­woman for Bal­let West said: ' It's pretty amaz­ing, I think, to have two of the five fi­nal­ists in that com­pe­ti­tion. It says a great deal about the school and about the train­ing, as well as the dancers them­selves.

' Win­ning that award is also pretty fan­tas­tic.'

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