|For the first time in the eight-year history of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award (TBDA) two dancers have taken out the prestigious title.Ty King-Wall from New Zealand and
Dana Stephensen from Brisbane are 2010’s
joint TBDA winners.
They will each take home a $20,000 cash prize awarded by Principal Sponsor Telstra.
For the second time, Amy Harris from Ararat
(VIC) was crowned the People’s Choice winner, having won the award previously in 2008. She
will receive $5,000 – taking the total prize pool
to an impressive $45,000.
The unexpected result was announced by
Telstra’s Group Managing Director, Telstra
Business, Deena Shiff, in front of a capacity
crowd of 1500 at the Sydney Opera House,
following tonight’s opening night performance
of The Nutcracker.
Ms Shiff said deciding between the two dancers
was an impossible task. “Both Ty and Dana
gave exciting and dynamic performances
throughout the year, and were equally impressive with their commitment and overall contributions
to The Australian Ballet.
“Telstra is delighted to assist the next generation
of ballet stars with their professional development.
In particular, we look forward to watching these
two talented dancers grow and mature further
with the help of this award,” Ms Shiff said.
The TBDA announcement is an annual highlight
of The Australian Ballet’s partnership with
Principal Sponsor Telstra, a relationship which
has spanned an incredible 26 years.
The award is a true mark of star potential, and
past winners have gone on to achieve great
things in the ballet world.
Lana Jones (who won the award in 2005),
Daniel Gaudiello (2007) and Kevin Jackson (2008) were recently promoted to principal artist, the
highest ranking in the company, at
Telstra Ballet in the Stadium in Penrith.
The Telstra Ballet Dancer Award is the highest accolade of its kind available to an Australian
dancer. Ty and Dana won the top honour after
being judged as outstanding on numerous
criteria over the course of the year.