Taynuilt dancers swap Ar­gyll for Por­tu­gal

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

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.

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