Second year classical student Ruth Austin, attended The School at Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program in Massachusetts USA

“I just thought I would let you know that I very much enjoyed my time at Jacob’s Pillow and have come away very inspired after having learnt so much. The gala performance went very well, Michael Corder’s piece finally came together after some very long rehearsals and we had lots of good feedback from everyone. The second performance also went well. It was on the outdoor stage, which was beautiful and I was fortunate enough to open the show in a duet from La Bayadere as well as performing a solo from Le Corsaire with two other girls. It was also exciting to be chosen for the Pillow photo shoot to advertise next year’s ballet program!

I got some good feedback from Anna-Marie at the end of the program. She recommended some ballet companies in the US and Canada that I could audition for in the future and she also said that she’d be happy to recommend me to a few of their directors.

I just wanted to say thanks again for setting up this wonderful opportunity. I had such an awesome time and learnt so much. I hope all is well in Wellington and I will see you next term.

Cheers, Ruth”


Photo: Ruth Austin with Cauê Frias, photographed by Stephen A’Court