Cecchetti Ballet Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Cecchetti International Scholarship Winners.

The following entrants have been selected to compete in Florence, Italy 31st July – 5 August 2017.

Australian Cecchetti International Scholarship - JUNIOR

Winner National Council Scholarship: Zahrah Senese
Teacher: Val Jenkins, Robyn Ross
Dance School: Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy
Photo courtesy of Belinda Strodder
Winner VIC Scholarship: Philippa Crawley
Teacher: Justine Morris
Dance School: Ballarat Dance Centre
Photo courtesy of Belinda Strodder
Winner NSW Scholarship: Laura Van Loon
Teacher: Jessica & Mike Van Loon
Dance School: Van Loon Dance Academy
Photo courtesy of Belinda Strodder
Winner WA Scholarship: Tyler Cameron-Lindsay
Teacher: Simone Jackson-Pike
Dance School: Perth School of Ballet
Photo courtesy of Belinda Strodder

Australian Cecchetti International Scholarship - SENIOR

Winner National Council Scholarship: Cameron Holmes
Teacher: Robyn Ross, Val Jenkins
Dance School: Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy
Photo courtesy of Belinda Strodder

Self-Funded competitors

Self funded competitors going to Florence, Italy to compete in the CICB International Scholarships 31 July – 5 August.

  • Amy Lim – also winner of Energetiks Encouragement Award
  • Lily Minchenko
  • Tara Newberry
  • Joshua Hunt
  • Dario Zanini-Sassani
  • Noah Benzie-Drayton

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