Rockhampton students take out dance bursary

LAST weekend two students from Capricorn School of Dancing, Mackenzee Baker-Moller and Alynta Scott, participated in the Royal Academy of Dance's North Queensland Bursary.

This bursary takes place after the student's Royal Academy of Dance examinations each year.

The bursary itself is held in a different centre each year, for example last year it was held in Mackay and this year it took place in Cairns.

It draws entries from Rockhampton and as far North as Cairns.

There are four different levels and the student must enter the level according to what they have been currently training in.

The categories are as follows:

  • Grades 4 & 5 (combined)
  • Intermediate Foundation - this is the level Alynta entered in
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 & Advanced 2 (combined) - this is the level Mackenzee entered in

Alynta competed in the Intermediate Foundation group and Mackenzee competed in the Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 & Advanced 2 level.

Both students were the overall winners of their categories.

The students had to compete in a open classical class in front of a live audience, from there judge Paul Boyd picked eight finalists from each category.

Mackenzee and Alynta then went on to dance a classical variation from their exam on stage, where they were ultimately picked as the overall winners.

Alynta was also awarded the North Queensland Bursary - Training Enhancement Award for 2015.

This award is open to any student across all levels, who displays future talent and potential in the art of classical ballet. As part of her award Alynta was awarded $1000 to go towards future training seminars.