Phyllis Bedells Bursary winners announced.
This year's Phyllis Bedells Bursary has been awarded to British dancers 15-year old Basil James and 14-year old Jessica Templeton both trained by the Dance Faculty at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
The Phyllis Bedells Bursary is an annual event established to encourage talented young dancers to further their career in classical ballet. Basil’s winning performance was for the Peasant pas de deux – first male variation from Act I of Giselle and a self-choreographed variation entitled Rondo. Jessica’s winning performance was for the Swanhilda variation from Act I of Coppélia and a self-choreographed variation entitled Little Sparrow.
As part of Phyllis Bedells Bursary, candidates performed Dancers’ Own, a variation of their own creation or one designed by their teacher or a peer. This year’s choreographic award was awarded to Anya Mercer and Victoria Allport for their piece Separation. The piece was created on Anya, who was trained by Victoria Allport, Jennifer Hale, Emma Northmore and Deborah Mercer, to music by John Williams.
Winners of Phyllis Bedells Bursary have gone on to perform with professional companies the world over including The Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Estonian National Ballet and past winners include Errol Pickford, Lauren Cuthbertson and Anna Rose O'Sullivan.
The bursary, named in honour of the RAD founder member and Vice-President and supported by the Mary Kipps Bequest, is awarded annually and has a value of up to £1,000 to be used to further the winner's training. The Bursary is open to members of the RAD who are under 17 years of age and have passed the RAD Intermediate and the Advanced 1 Examination (Advanced 1 with Distinction).
Pictured: Valerie Aitken, Basil James, Jessica Templeton and Leanne Benjamin.