Splash Digital
1st September 2019


17 Years Old

Student of

Classical Ballet 121 with Gillian Revie

Sydney, Australia

AHA Awards 2019 Finalist

Professional Apprentice Contract

to the

Royal New Zealand Ballet

Kaya writes ….

I’d like to thank Alana Haines Australasian Awards and the Judges for giving me this incredible opportunity. Participating in the 2019 AHA was life changing for me. Just a few weeks following the awards, I was packing my suitcases again returning to New Zealand to take up my position as an apprentice with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

My scholarship prize was originally an internship but I’m forever grateful to the Director of RNZB, Patricia Barker who believed in me. Every day I pinch myself as I’m living out my dream of being a professional dancer in a company. AHA is an amazing platform for young dancers giving them great opportunities and providing stepping stones into the future.

I relocated to New Zealand mid-May after competing in the finals of the Alana Haines Australasian Awards a few weeks earlier. So this is a sudden change of life for me. Everyone at the company has been so wonderful with helping me adapt to the day-to-day schedule. All my expectations have been superseded. I wasn’t expecting to be cast in the first production only three weeks after arriving. I could never thank our Artistic Director Patricia Barker enough for believing in me and giving me this life-changing opportunity.