News: Phyllis Bedells Bursary winner 2012

Tuesday 27 March 2012 by Sarah Golding

Panel of judges, left-right: Valerie Aitken ARAD, Lauren Cuthbertson and Marly Apoliano, with 2012 winner, Chisato Katsura. Photo credit: Mark Lees

Fifteen-year-old Chisato Katsura, has won the Phyllis Bedells Bursary, held on Sunday 25 March 2012 at Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Headquarters.

Named after Miss Phyllis Bedells, founding member and Vice President of the RAD, this year’s internationally-recognised competition attracted a record-breaking 40 candidates competing for the bursary of £1,000 to use for further professional development training. The competition 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.

Following a Welcome by RAD Artistic Director Lynn Wallis, candidates were judged in a class, taught by former Royal Ballet dancer, Tomoko Furuya Hristov. Each candidate then performed a Set Variation and a Classical Repertoire Variation.

Chair of the panel of judges, Valerie Aitken ARAD, spoke of the competition and the achievements of winner Chisato Katsura:
“The standard this year was very high, with greater numbers than ever before. The young lady was the most complete dancer. She had everything: technique, musicality – the all-round package.”

Fellow judges were Lauren Cuthbertson, Principal at The Royal Ballet and Marly Apoliano, RAD Vocational Grades Examiner.
Lauren Cuthbertson commented:
“The Phyllis Bedells Bursary is about students becoming young artists – progression through their classes into their solos means they can show something individual. The winner was outstanding from beginning to end, with an innate sensibility, beautiful posture and technique.”

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 in Wellington, New Zealand this year from 6 – 15 December.

A new addition to the Bursary programme this year was a performance by the regional winners of the Genée Dance Challenge 2011.

Royal Academy of Dance

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