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Leap towards stardom endangered

Tuesday 6 May 2008

Leap towards stardom endangered by shortage of funds

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Young Wellington ballet dancer James Wynn is taking big steps toward a professional career by winning two major scholarships to dance in the United States.

The New Zealand School of Dance student has been offered full scholarships to study at both the School at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts and the San Francisco Ballet School. However a shortage of funds could prevent the 17 year old taking up the offers.

“We are thrilled that James has been accorded this level of recognition,” says Director of NZSD, Garry Trinder. “It is particularly significant that not only was James accepted when auditioning against the best in the world but was also offered full scholarships. Opportunities such as this reveal the strength of New Zealand’s talented young male dancers. The embodiment of the Kiwi male doesn’t lie only in the All Blacks!”

The Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Programme brings 22 pre-professional students from around the world together to sharpen their performance confidence and artistry. Anna-Marie Holmes, Director of the Ballet Programme at Jacob’s Pillow, noticed James’ talent whilst working as a guest teacher at NZSD. She subsequently offered him a place on the two-week intensive. James will fly to Massachusetts in June to join the programme.

Directly after the Jacob’s Pillow programme finishes, James jets across country to take up his place on the five-week summer school offered by the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School. Available only those who show exceptional potential, the summer school is a unique opportunity for students aspiring to a professional career to improve their skills, gain strength and broaden their outlook.

Originally from Waikanae, James attended Paraparaumu College before starting full time training at the New Zealand School of Dance. He is currently in his second year of a three-year Diploma in Dance Performance, majoring in Classical Ballet.

“Whilst the School is ecstatic to see James lauded in this way there remains the outstanding issue of funding,” says Garry Trinder. “The American organisations have shown great generosity towards James in covering both tuition and accommodation costs and James has pledges of support from New Zealand organisations including the Dorothy Daniels Dance Foundation and Rotary. However we still need additional funding to launch James on a flight to success.”

To contribute to James’ scholarship fund, please contact Rebecca Galloway:


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