Now in its 16th year, the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award is one of the longest-running arts partnerships and most prestigious ballet prizes in the country and has been a special career highlight for some of ballet’s brightest stars.
Seven former winners have now received the award whilst on their journey to becoming principal artists of The Australian Ballet. The six dancers nominated for the award this year are: Coryphée Corey Herbert, Soloist Brodie James (2016 nominee), Senior Artist Jade Wood (2016 and 2014 nominee), Corps de Ballet Lucien Xu, Soloist Rina Nemoto (2014 nominee) and Coryphée Nathan Brook.
Genelle Sharples, General Manager of Media and Sponsorships for Telstra said “Our partnership with The Australian Ballet has from the start been about helping ballet dancers develop their careers, alongside connecting audiences with the joy of ballet in new and innovative ways.”
“One of the greatest successes in our partnership has undoubtedly been the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, which allows dancers the opportunity to grow and enhance their careers. We are so impressed with the diversity of talent this year. Ballet is such an intensive and demanding art-form and this award is an opportunity to recognise the passion and artistry these dancers bring to the stage,” said Ms Sharples.
The winner of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award will be chosen by a panel of judges from Telstra and The Australian Ballet and announced at the Opening Night performance of Cinderella at Sydney Opera House on Friday, 30 November 2018. The winner will receive a $20,000 prize from Telstra, and the nominees will also be in contention for the Telstra People’s Choice Award, which has a $5,000 prize and is decided by a public vote.
David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet also commended the calibre of this year’s dancers, “Once again, this year’s six wonderful dancers represent the amazing talent that the company has amongst the ranks. Each of them are great artists and exciting dancers. As always, it will be a very tough process to decide the winner of this prestigious award.” The six finalists will be featured in a series of videos that shine a light on their talent and artistry and can be viewed online at www.telstra.com/ballet.
The public are invited to watch and vote for their favourite dancer by 25th November 2018.