Val Whyte Bursary Awards

Ongoing in its impressive 20th year the Val Whyte bursary performance will take place on 20 -23 May 2020 at the Roodepoort Theatre.

The Val Whyte Bursary was instituted in 1991 and, since then, has been awarded each year to a promising young dancer. Finalists are selected from an open audition with entrants being in academic year in Grade 8 and not older than 13 years of age. The adjudication panels compose of men and women representing the finest teachers and professional dancers in Southern Africa and the credibility of these adjudicators has always been impeccable.

The Bursary winner receives a cash award for five years to assist with ballet tuition and all finalists receive a year’s tuition at the Joburg Ballet Academy from the day they are chosen. Finalists are privileged to receive teaching of the highest quality from members of the Joburg Ballet Company and a number of the winners and finalists from past years have gone on to make promising careers as professional dancers and teachers.


The Gala performance this year will be a programme showing the 2020 finalists and items by the Joburg Ballet and Joburg Ballet Academy.

The highlight for this annual event is the Junior Ballet featuring ballet pupils aged 7 – 12 from all over the PWV.

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