Three ballet dancers studying at the New Zealand School of Dance have received prestigious scholarships to some of America’s foremost dance institutions.
Ruth Austin, Cauê Frias and Christopher Gerty, all eighteen years-old, have spent the northern hemisphere summer dancing at the School at Jacob’s Pillow (Massachusetts), Houston Ballet Academy and San Francisco Ballet School respectively.
Recipients of similar scholarships in the past include former New Zealand School of Dance student James Wynn. Like Christopher Gerty, James also concluded his studies at San Francisco Ballet School before gaining a contract with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where he became a soloist.
The New Zealand School of Dance has long-standing relationships with all three US institutions. The scholarships, which comprise generous provision for both tuition and accommodation, are an endorsement of their training and the talent these young dancers ably demonstrate.