Wesfarmers Arts has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with West Australian Ballet since 1997. Along with providing major ongoing support for the Ballet’s performance, touring and educational programs, Wesfarmers Arts sponsors two Young Artist Scholarships every year for young artists from around Australia to take up a year of elite training with West Australian Ballet.
The Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist Scholarships provide opportunities for talented young dancers at the start of their careers in dance to be mentored with individual coaching in partnership and performance skills and the chance to perform in mainstage productions. As well as receiving intensive training from the company's senior artistic staff, the Young Artists also work with professional dance career advisors to set the tone for their focus and commitment to their career path.
We welcomed Kristin Barwick (WA) and Edward Pope (Vic) to West Australian Ballet as Wesfarmers Young Artists in 2018.
For Kristin, who grew up in Bridgetown, Western Australia and studied at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, the Wesfarmers Young Artist Scholarship has been an opportunity to hone her training and skills with some of the best dancers, choreographers and teachers in Australia:
‘Thank you so much for your support and allowing me to take my first step into a professional ballet company as a Young Artist. The artistic staff of West Australian Ballet have a great amount of passion and knowledge. I have learnt a great deal through working with them in class and during rehearsals. I have been able to observe how they work, ask them questions and take on advice that they have given me. I have also been able to understudy works which has allowed me to learn choreography, witness the rehearsal process in the studio and watch the transition from studio to stage. Working alongside the company dancers has allowed me to develop so much as a dancer.’ Kristin Barwick, June 2018.
Congratulations Kristin and Edward!