This year, we had over 40 applicants auditioning for a place as a Select for 2017/18.
Nicola and I had some very tough decisions to make and we were absolutely blown away with the talent, hard work, and performances that shown through from each dancer. We now have 18 Select Jrs and 7 Select Seniors. We were very clear on the fact that previous Selects would be treated the exact same as everyone else in the audition and every applicant was given a fair chance. This happens time and time again in the dance industry and it is a great lesson to learn, early. There are no free passes!
We are very confident in the decision we have come to and are so excited to work with our new Selects for the next year and develop them further.
Right away, I hired dancer Emma to come down and teach a Select master class in the Easter holidays to learn a performance piece in just 5 hours! Our dancers took cthe experience with both hands and worked their socks off! This confirmed to me that we really do have a fantastic, professional, hard working group of Selects and I have every confidence that we will do great things this year.