HARRISON LEE PERFORMS MAIN ROLE AT ROYAL BALLET LONDON

Harrison Lee is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He joined The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme from the start of the 2018/19 Season and was promoted to Artist in 2019 and First Artist in 2023. He trained at The McDonald College and The Royal Ballet School. In his graduate year at Royal Ballet School, he was awarded the Ballet Circle, Dame Ninette Award for the Most Outstanding Male Graduate. With the Company, his roles include Florestan (The Sleeping Beauty), pas de six (Giselle), Russian dance (The Nutcracker), Mandolin Dancer (Romeo and Juliet), Spanish Dance (Swan Lake), Matvei (A Month in the Country), Alex (Like Water for Chocolate) and roles in Corybantic Games and Everyone Keeps Me.

HARRISON LEE

Student of

FORMER STUDENT OF

MCDONALDS COLLEGE NSW AUSTRALIA

AHA JUNIOR WINNER AHA Awards 2013

AHA SUPREME WINNER 2015

ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL 2015

Winner YAGP New York & Prix de Lausanne 2015

CURRENTLY

1st Artist performing main role Beno in Swan Lake

with the ROYAL BALLET LONDON

Photography credit @dancersdiary

LAUREN WYCHERLEY

14 Years Old

Student of

PAPILIO ATIER

Auckland NZ

AHA Awards Winner

& RBS Gailene Stock Award

Group A 2023

Accepted into

ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL London

Lauren says…

“I am so happy and excited to have been offered a position at the Royal Ballet School’s Upper School this year. It has been a long journey to achieve this goal with lots of ups and downs on the way. Winning the Alana Haines Awards last year was a major achievement, and I’m so grateful for being given the opportunity to perform in such a prestigious and respected competition.”

MANTRAA RANE

16Years Old 

Student of

Melbourne Academy of the Arts

AUSTRALIA

Finalist AHA Awards 2023

Scholarship to

ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET

Mantraa writes….

I recently finished my week internship at RNZB and I wanted to thank your amazing platform for providing me with such an incredible opportunity! It was truly insightful to the company life and what goes on behind the scenes. 

Photo is with Ballet Masters Nick and Laura Schultz

TIRION LAW

Former International student of

New Zealand School of Dance

2nd B Group AHA Awards 2015

Scholarship to

NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA – SOLOIST

WINNER OF ROLEX DANCER AWARD

TORONTO 2023

September 19, 2023… Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, announced today that Second Soloist Tirion Law is the recipient of the 2023 Rolex Dancers First Award for her debut in the title role of Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet. The award was presented by Stefano Erard, President & CEO of Rolex Canada, at a dinner and presentation in Toronto last night.     

“Tirion Law not only embodied Shakespeare’s tragic story but shone technically in a nuanced performance of great maturity and strength. I am thrilled her exceptional debut as Juliet has been recognized with 2022/23 Rolex Dancers First Award,” said Muir.  

The Rolex Dancers First Award recognizes outstanding performances in the previous season and is juried by a committee of members of the National Ballet’s Artistic Staff. Law made her debut as Juliet in June 2023, dancing opposite Principal Dancer Naoya Ebe as Romeo. At the ceremony, Law was presented with a specially engraved Rolex watch.  

Born in Hong Kong, Law trained at The New Zealand School of Dance. She danced with Hong Kong Ballet before joining The National Ballet of Canada’s Corps de Ballet in 2018 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2022. 

Tirion Law’s Biography > 

Law will next appear onstage in the National Ballet’s Fall Season which opens with a mixed programme featuring the world premiere of Helen Pickett’s Emma Bovary and the Canadian premiere of James Kudelka’s Passion, November 11 – 18, 2023, followed by John Cranko’s Onegin, November 22 – 26, 2023.  

More on Emma Bovary and Passion > 

More on Onegin > 

The National Ballet of Canada is grateful to the donors who currently support 25 dancer sponsorships as well as Rolex Canada who support the Dancers First programme with funds for artistic development, performance opportunities and health and wellness resources for all our dancers. 

Since its inception, Rolex has encouraged individual excellence and the pursuit of perfection. In keeping with this long tradition, Rolex continues to contribute to the arts world through its various sponsorship activities. Rolex Canada has generously sponsored the Rolex Dancers First Award since 2010.   

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The Rolex Dancers First Award is generously sponsored by Rolex Canada Ltd. 
 
Emma Bovary is produced and commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada.   

Lead philanthropic support for Emma Bovary is provided by The Anna McCowan-Johnson New Creations Fund and The Producers’ Circle and with generous underwriting by the Sabourin Family Foundation.  

The Producers’ Circle (2023): Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry Lozinski, O.C. & Joan Lozinski, O.C., The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado, C.M. & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation and Alexander Younger & Sarah Richardson.   

Passion is generously supported by The Gail Hutchison Fund. The National Ballet also acknowledges support provided by Anne-Marie Canning.  

Onegin is generously supported by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.  

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 

Hope Muir, Stefano Erard and Tirion Law. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

DAMEN AXTENS

Former Student of

Gilroy Studio

Invercargill  NZ

1st Runner-up Juniors AHA Awards 2013

Australian Ballet School 2013

Royal Ballet School London 2016

Royal Biringham Ballet 2021

Royal New Zealand Ballet Soloist 2023

Now joins the World reknown

PARIS OPERA BALLET

RENCH SORIANO

Former Student of

New Zealand School of Dance

AHA Supreme B Group Winner

& Audience Choice 2019

Now Demi-Soloist at

HOUSTON BALLET TEXAS USA

SONG TENG

NEW ZEALAND SCHOOL OF DANCE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FROM CHINA

AHA AWARDS SUPREME SEMI –FINALIST 2017

GOLD MEDALIST AT WORLD BALLET COMPETITION FLORIDA

CURRENTLY WITH HOUSTON BALLET COMPANY TEXAS

NZSD International student from China was semi-finalist in AHA Awards 2017 & recently won the gold medal in the Professional Category of the World Ballet Competition in Florida.  Song now dances with Houston Ballet. Texas

NZSD International Student from Hong Kong

AHA Awards Finalist 2013

‘Hong Kong Ballet’ 2015     National Ballet of Canada 2nd soloist

AHA alumna Tirion Law rehearsing as Juliet ahead of her debut in Alexei Ratmansky’s “Romeo and Juliet” with The National Ballet of Canada.  Tirion is a Second Soloist with the Company. 

Photos: Karolina Kuras

 

JACKSON SMITH-LEISHMAN

14 Years Old  (at 2019 Awards)

Student of

Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy

QLD Australia

Finalist A group 2019

Jackson writes….

Since competing at the last AHA Awards, I auditioned for many European finishing schools. Because of Covid 19 I did this through zoom, and was lucky enough to receive some places. I decided to accept my invitation to train at the Royal Ballet School in London. I have enjoyed my 1st year at the school immensely, getting opportunities to perform onstage and understand the English style of Ballet. I am looking forward to going back in September for another year with new experiences for me to grow as a dancer and person.

KAELA TAPPER
13 Years Old 
Student of


Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy QLD Australia
 
AHA Awards placing 2019
 A group 3rd
 
Now with
JOHN CRANKO SCHULE STUTTGART GERMANY

 
Kaela writes ….
 
This was my first year at the John Cranko School. Coming here was a dream of mine that I never imagined would come true. The experience has been so wonderful, getting to meet new people, teachers and making new friends. The training and facilities here are amazing and something I am so grateful for. A favourite memory for me has been dancing at the Stuttgart Opera House – it’s such a surreal experience to dance on this stage and it’s truly magical. I couldn’t be happier with where I am at the moment and I’m excited for what’s to come!