Isabella Knight recently travelled to New York to compete in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix finals, the world’s largest international student dance competition.
Isabella was one of 1200 dancers invited to the USA for the finals, and she was selected from more than 80 000 competitors from around the globe for this prestigious competition.
She said in the week-long competition went for a week and she was given the opportunity every day to take part in a ballet class taught by a director from an international ballet school.
“I participated in masterclasses with Christopher Powney, the Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet School, and also Tadeusz Matacz, the Director of the John Cranko School of Stuttgarter Ballett,” she said.
“I was also given the opportunity to present my contemporary and classical solos to a panel of judges from ballet schools and companies located all around the world.”
“I have received very valuable feedback from each of these adjudicators that I know will help me to take my ballet to the next level,” she said.
Talent scouts of prestigious ballet schools from around the world come to the competition and it can open many doors for students of dance.
Although Isabelle did not receive a scholarship or placement it has confirmed for her where she wants to be in the future and her first choice would be the Australian Ballet or WAAPA.