Update from Stephanie Grobbelaar – May 2016
I have just completed a five-week tour of ballet auditions dancing in both the UK and Europe. To audition in Europe, you must submit a video showcasing technique and body type in order. I submitted DVD’s to seven schools and was offered five auditions.
The trip was an enjoyable experience. It provided me with the opportunity to meet fellow dancers of similar age from around the globe and evaluate the level of standard. I have discovered that Europe and the UK ballet standard is of a very high quality.
I was lucky enough to spend three days at Princess Grace of Monaco Dance Akademie Boarding School and experience firsthand the daily life of the school. Even more exciting was that I was given a private lesson with The Director Luca Masala, who subsequently invited me to their Summer School later this year. From the five Schools that I auditioned at I was offered the following:
- 2016 – offered (taZ) Zürich Switzerland
- 2016 – offered Munich Ballet School
- 2016 – offered Elmhurst Ballet School (Birmingham Ballet)
- 2016 – Invited to Akademie de Danse Princesse Grace, MONTECARLO Summer School
Receiving offers was very exciting. I am very appreciative that the Sanctuary Lakes Foundation sponsored me allowing me to pursue this opportunity.
On my return, I have met with the Director of my current school, Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB) and she has encouraged me to spend another year in Australia completing my Advanced Diploma in Dance and Year 10 before joining an international school for my A-levels and further dance education. I will, therefore, be working on improving and refining my technical dance skills even further before re-auditioning for four specific schools that I would love to be part of in 2017. I will be submitting an application to the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition for 2017.
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The Foundation congratulates Stephanie on her recent successes and eagerly await further news on her successes over the next few years.