Auditions are being held in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg to give young ballet dancers the opportunity of participating in the American Academy of Ballet’s 26th Summer School of Excellence.
The American Academy of Ballet was founded by Mignon Furman, who was the Director of the UCT Ballet School before she immigrated to New York. Each year, about 30 dancers have attended the Summer School from various cities in South Africa; many assisted with the scholarships provided, which over the past five years has been in the region of R2 million.
Scholarships will be awarded for the 2019 Summer School. These vary from one week of the 8-week programme to a full scholarship (from 25% to 100%). The value of which is about R23 000 per week and is inclusive of all classes, meals, and accommodation in the dormitory on the college campus. Over R150 000 will be awarded this year at each of the audition venues.
This annual programme, which includes ballet technique, ballet repertoire, pointe, pas de deux, Neoclassical, Contemporary dance, Musical Theatre, Spanish Dance, Folk Dance, and the optional Performance Awards - will be held at two New York-based campuses - Adelphi University and the Sarah Lawrence College - from 16 June to 10 August 2019.
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