Val Whyte Bursary Awards
Date: 25 and 26 May
Venue: Roodepoort Main Theatre
Val Whyte’s passion and commitment to a vision became an incredible, all-encompassing vessel of opportunity to foster classical ballet talent in Gauteng.
Val passed away in 2010, but her legacy of ongoing generous sponsorship, ensures this prestigious Bursary lives on, already beyond a quarter of a century, impacting significantly on the greater ballet community, locally and abroad.
The 2018 Bursary Performance at the Roodepoort Theatre, will take place on 25 and 26 May.
The Val Whyte Bursary is given to a young dancer who the adjudicators felt best displayed the qualities necessary to become a ballet dancer. Originally, this Bursary was only available to dancers studying the Cecchetti method, but prevailing circumstances in particular, and a necessary pragmatism, that has seen Cecchetti and RAD practitioners moving closer to each other in challenging times for dance in South Africa, have meant that the Bursary is now open to students of both methods. The winner of the Bursary receives a generous cash award for five years, to assist with ballet tuition throughout his/her high school years. All the finalists receive one year’s tuition with the South African Ballet Theatre Academy also sponsored by Val Whyte.
The Bursary is open to young dancers in the academic Grade 8, which means that candidates are in more or less the twelve to thirteen year age bracket. Finalists for the Bursary are selected from open auditions and they receive a year’s tuition at the Academy which is paid for by the Val Whyte Bursary.
The Bursary winner will be chosen at the Val Whyte Bursary Gala evening on 26th of May 2018.