Dance Victoria, home of the Chrystal Dance Prize, today announced its two winners in the 2017 Emerging Artists award category. A panel of three dance professionals selected the winners through an application process. The organization is pleased to support local dancer Adrian de Leeuw who is pursuing his training at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet School in San Francisco. Eighteen-year-old de Leeuw recently completed his first year as a Bridge student at the Victoria Academy of Ballet. In his application he said “My goals as a dancer are to continue learning and creating as long as I can.” Dance Victoria has awarded $4,000 towards his tuition.
For a second year, Dance Victoria elected to support former Victoria resident Matilda Çobanli who is continuing in her second year of training at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Çobanli says, “Since moving to Europe my understanding of dance has been completely blown open and my mind has been stretched in all kinds of new ways.” Dance Victoria has awarded $2,000 to support Çobanli’s continued education.