News: Phyllis Bedells Bursary 2011

Friday 1 April 2011

Phyllis Bedells Bursary. John Rhys Halliwell, Jean Bedells, Jonathan Cope, Therese Cantine

The Phyllis Bedells Bursary have announced the winner of the 2011 competition as sixteen-year-old John Rhys Halliwell.

Sixteen-year-old Briton, John Rhys Halliwell, a finalist in the 2006 Fonteyn Nureyev Young Dancers Competition, has won the Phyllis Bedells Bursary held on Sunday 27 March 2011 at Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Headquarters.

Held in honour of Miss Phyllis Bedells, founding member and Vice President of the RAD, the bursary was instituted to encourage talented young dancers to further their careers in classical ballet. It is open to RAD members under 17-years-old who have passed the Academy’s Advanced 1 Examination with distinction but have yet to take the Advanced 2 Examination.

This year’s internationally-recognised competition attracted 29 candidates from six different countries including France, Germany, Spain and Thailand and they contested for the bursary of up to £1,000 to use for further professional development training. The prize can be offset against existing tuition fees where the winner may be studying, or against material or equipment needed for the student to continue their training.

Jean Bedells, daughter of Phyllis Bedells, chaired the panel of judges and handed out photographs of her mother to all candidates signed by herself and fellow judges Thérèse Cantine, RAD Vocational Graded Examiner, and Jonathan Cope, CBE.

Past winners of the Bursary have gone on to dance with international companies including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet, and win medals at the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition – which will be held this year in Cape Town, South Africa.

Royal Academy of Dance

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