Taynuilt dancers swap Argyll for Portugal
SIX BALLET West dancers have traded Taynuilt for Portugal in order to compete in a prestigious event.
The students flew to Lisbon to attend the annual Royal Academy of Dance Genée International Ballet Competition.
The event started on September 7 and will run until September 16.
Only a small number of ballet students from around the world are eligible to participate in the event.
Ballet West students have had considerable success in past years with several students receiving medals and many being selected as finalists.
Gillian Barton, Ballet West Principal said: ‘I am delighted that Ballet West will be represented so well at the competition and that our students have this kind of opportunity.’
At the Genée, candidates receive a unique opportunity to work with renowned choreographers and teachers for five days before performing at the semi-finals, and then the final, where they compete for a range of medals.
Gillian added: ‘It’s been a great year for Ballet West. Dance enthusiasts will have seen two of our students, Oscar Ward and Uyu Hiromoto, appear on television in the finals of the BBC Young Dancer of the Year competition.
‘In July, Oscar was awarded the Solo Seal which is the highest possible accolade offered by the Royal Academy of Dance.
‘This completes a hat trick of Solo Seals over the past three years, with Uyu taking it in 2016 and Natasha Watson gaining success in the previous year.’
Ballet West dancers Evangelyn Wong from Singapore, Rebecca Strain from Canada and Storm Norris, Emma Thomas, Charlotte Bagnall and Nancy Reid are attending the competition in Portugal.