Australian Cecchetti International Scholarships 2017

Formally known as the Bursary

Cecchetti Ballet Australia invites dancers to compete in the Australian Cecchetti International Scholarships 2017.

Venue: Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS)
Application Closing Date: March 1st 2017
Application form

CICB International Competition Australian DVD Applicants
Application form

Junior & Senior Division Entry requirements:

  • Senior Division:
  • Cecchetti Advanced 1 Category A or higher.
  • Minimum age: 17 and Maximum age: 20 at commencement of the International Competition – 31st July 2017.
  • Be a student and non-professional classical ballet dancer.
  • Junior Division:
  • Cecchetti Intermediate Category A or higher.
  • Minimum age: 14 and Maximum age: 16 at commencement of the International Competition – 31st July 2017.
  • Be a student and non-professional classical ballet dancer.
  • Candidates performing in the Australian eliminations will be expected to perform:
  • - Contemporary Solos for Junior section between 1.5 – 2 minutes long
  • - Contemporary Solos for Senior section between 2 – 2.5 minutes long
  • and a Classical Solo from the International Repertoire

    CICB International Competition 2014

    Cecchetti Ballet Australia Inc. wishes to congratulate the Australian Competitors for their outstanding performances
    in Richmond, Virginia. The Competition was represented by 39 Competitors from Australia, Canada, UK, USA and South Africa, with 15 making it through to the finals, 3 of which were Australians.

    Jenny Hackwell (UK) took out the Maestro Cecchetti Award for the best dancer overall. Australia's own Rebecca Blenkinsop (pictured below) won the Most Promising Dancer Award.

    Scholarships awarded to Australian Competitors:
    Edward Pope—1 year traineeship with the School of Alberta Ballet, Canada
    Chloe Hollow— Boston Ballet, Massachusetts
    Rebecca Blenkinsop & Shardae Matthews—Summer School Danzare Cecchetti ANCEC—Italy
    Danielle Whitfort—1 month professional scholarship with Winnipeg Ballet School, Canada
    Genevieve MacNulty—1/2 Scholarship with Texas Ballet Theatre.

    Competition Finalists
    Edward, Rebecca, Shardae & Danielle—students of VCASS Cecchetti, Program, Coordinator: A Butler
    Chloe Hollow—student of M Feain
    Genevieve—student of PSB, S Jackson-Pike & J Ban

    2014 CICB International Competition - Australian Bursary Eliminations

    2014 CICB International Competition - Australian Bursary Eliminations Criteria form click here
    2014 CICB International Competition - Australian DVD Applicants form click here
    Please note anyone wishing to submit a DVD entry should contact the office to clarify DVD format

    Bursary: Sunday April 13th 2014 at Victorian College of the Arts, Secondary School. 57 Miles Street, Southbank Victoria
    International Ballet Competition Venue: Richmond Center Stage, Carpenter Theatre, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Competition Date: 3 - 9 August 2014

    From these eliminations successful candidates are funded to travel and compete in the International Competition, in Richmond, Virginia, USA.  Others fitting the criteria, and with individual approval from Cecchetti Ballet Australia, may fund themselves to compete.  Australia has won this prestigious International event since its inception.
    Previous winners: Catherine McAuley 2001, Melbourne Australia, Kirsten Marsh 2008, Calgary Canada & Ashleigh McKimmie 2011, Manchester UK.

    2011 CICB International Competition Winner - Manchester UK

    2011 CICB International Competition - Australian Bursary Eliminations
    April 17th 2011. Darebin Arts Centre, Preston, Victoria

    After adjudicating an open classical class conducted by Mr Slava Zalomski and a performance of each candidates' classical solo in the afternoon, followed by performances of both classical and contemporary solos in full costume in the evening, our adjudicators selected the following candidates as the Bursary winners.

    The Australian Bursary Eliminations Winners are:

    Brydee Lyttle - National Council Bursary
    Ashleigh McKimmie - Cecchetti Ballet Victoria Bursary

    Australian Bursary Eliminations Results 2011
    Congratulations to the 12 wonderful candidates who performed in the Australian Bursary Eliminations. Our Adjudicates for the Eliminations were Marilyn Rowe OBE, Margaret Illmann and Simon Dow. The open classical class was conducted by Mr Slava Zalomski. 

    Competitor names in order of performance.

    Isabella Howard-Beattie
    Teacher: Beth James, WA Conservatoire of Classical Ballet. Western Australia

    Jesse Homes:
    Teacher:  Anne Butler, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Victoria

    Brydee Lyttle
    Teacher: Carole Oliver, Carole Oliver School of Ballet. Victoria

    Marlee Gittings
    Teacher:  Monique Feain. New South Wales

    Georgia Swan
    Teacher: Carole Oliver, Carole Oliver School of Ballet. Victoria

    Lucy May Pitt
    Teacher:  Valerie Jenkins, Tanya Pearson Coaching Academy, New South Wales

    Ellie Michael
    Teacher: Carole Oliver, Carole Oliver School of Ballet. Victoria

    Ashleigh McKimmie
    Teacher: Anne Butler, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Victoria

    Amanda Mitrevski
    Teacher: Anne Butler, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Victoria

    Rhyce Toovey
    Teacher: Hilary Kaplan & Archibald McKenzie, Alegria School of Dance. New South Wales

    Samantha Vottari
    Teacher: Anne Butler, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Victoria

    Bridget Mulholland
    Teacher: Monique Feain. New South Wales


    A Huge thank you to our Sponsors BLOCH, Ann McNamara- In loving memory of Rhyl Kennell, Snap Printing, RUN, The Better Image, AUSDANCE Victoria, Dance Australia.

    In addition to the two bursary winners the following Cecchetti students have chosen to self fund their entry to Manchester.

    Georgia Swan
    Macbeth Kanera
    Emma Moran
    Samantha Vottari
    Marlee Gittings