Fifteen-year-old Phoebe Warlow, a student of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, has claimed the two top prizes McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod offers to dancers in the 14-15-year-old age group. After taking top honours in the $7,000 Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship, Phoebe received one of the two one-year scholarships covering tuition and academic costs that are offered to finalists in this event at the discretion of the Australian Ballet School.
Fifteen-year-old Harley Campbell, who studies at The Conlan College, Turramurra, finished runner-up, while Queenslander Jessica Brown from the Prudence Bowen Atelier was recipient of the second scholarship from the Australian Ballet School.
The competition drew fifty-eight entries from all over Australia and New Zealand. Adjudicators Leigh Rowles of the Australian Ballet School and former dancer Belinda Hernandez were pleased with the overall standard and unanimously agreed that the final round showcased the richness of Australia’s up-and-coming talent.
The other finalists were Mia Bronneberg (Balgownie), Courtney MacMillan (Terranora), Chenaye Meyer (Port Macquarie), Phebe Murison (Auckland, NZ) and Sharlene Roberts (Bonnells Bay). All performed brilliantly and went on to win or place in other events. In the 15-year age group, Chenaye Meyer won both the Wenkart Foundation Ballet Championship and the Modern Expressive/Lyrical Dance. Not to be outdone, Courtney MacMillan triumphed in Classical Ballet and Jazz Dance solos, while after competing in the Classical Ballet Solo (14 years), Phoebe Murison took a gold medal home to New Zealand.