Cyril Beaumont Scholarship 2013
18 December 2013
Above all, the adjudicators wanted to see students dancing from the heart
The Cyril Beaumont Scholarship took place at KS Dance in Warrington on 17th October 2013. Miss Simmons welcomed guests to her school including KS Dance Patron, David Lloyd and Chair of the Cecchetti Society, Elisabeth Swan.
The Scholarship was adjudicated by Susan Lucas, ex Birmingham Royal Ballet (who danced many Soloist and Principal roles with the company, and who now teaches at Elmhurst School for Dance). Miss Lucas was a Cyril Beaumont Scholarship winner herself in her student days and she was joined by her former teacher and Senior Cecchetti Examiner, Gillian McGregor FISTD.
The class was taken by Peter Parker, ex Principal with Ballet du Rhin and Northern Ballet Theatre, whose calm presence and clear teaching helped to inspire the students and enabled them to perform to their best ability. The class was beautifully accompanied by John Taggart.
“A calm presence and clear teaching helped inspire the class”
In the adjudication, Miss Lucas said that she and Mrs McGregor had considered the balance between the science and the art of Ballet – the science being the precision and accurate technique that has to be achieved and the art being the balance and purity of line and beauty. She and Mrs McGregor felt above everything they wanted to see the flow of dance and to see the music made visible through students dancing from the heart.
The adjudicators complimented all the competitors on their ability to respond to and pick up complex sequences and also on their immaculate appearance. The deserving prize-winners were: Rachel Teeling Smyth, winner of the Cyril Beaumont Scholarship; Sarah Bateman, runner-up; and Sam Jones, winner of the Mary Jane Duckworth Award for a Promising Boy. Miss Simmons thanked the adjudicators and the Cecchetti Trust for the provision of the scholarship, which is such a vital source of funding for students when public funding is not available. A most enjoyable morning concluded with lunch where guests joined Miss Simmons and her staff.