Supreme Finalists 2011
<p>One scholarship to Royal Ballet School has been extended to up to 3yrs by RBS director/adjudicator for 15yr old Georgina Martin 2<sup>nd</sup> Runner-up A group from QLD.</p> <p>The prestigious jury of six internationally renown celebrities included stars from the inspiring &nbsp;movie &lsquo;Mao&rsquo;s Last Dancer&rsquo; Li Cunxin &amp; Mary McKendry, plus &lsquo;Royal Ballet School&rsquo; Director London Gailene Stock&nbsp; -&nbsp; former 1991 AHA recipient from &lsquo;The Australian Ballet Co&rsquo; Mark Cassidy, &lsquo;Swedish Ballet Co&rsquo; Tibor Horvath &amp; &lsquo;Australian Ballet School&rsquo; Leigh Rowles.</p> <p>The event spanning 4 days opened with a full house to view the celebrated Movie of &lsquo;Mao&rsquo;s Last Dancer&rsquo; sponsored by Auckland Council with Li Cunxin speaking &amp; signing books. This continued with adjudicated classes then 3 rounds of performances over the next 3 days culminating with the Grand Finals to a capacity audience of over 1000 followed by a cocktail party. Finals host was Sir Jon Trimmer &ndash;Leading artist RNZB &amp; patron of the AHA Awards - guest performer was Hannah O&rsquo;Neill &lsquo;Australian Ballet School&rsquo; who was 1<sup>st</sup> runner-up in AHA Awards 2005 &amp; 2007. Hannah went on to win the prestigious Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland 2009 &amp; the Youth America Grand Prix in New York 2010 &amp; was a great inspiration to an already excellent standard of dancers.</p> <p>Scholarships for the 2011 event included elite international companies &amp; schools from Hong Kong, Europe &amp; USA.&nbsp; All Supreme Finalists from 2011 on will be able to apply through the new AHA Awards &lsquo;Ongoing Financial Support&rsquo; scheme to help towards all scholarships related costs.<strong><em> AHA Awards is the only competition in the world to offer ongoing financial support to recipients but with only NZ$60,000 in this fund to distribute in 3 rounds we need contributions towards these funds to make a difference.</em></strong></p> <p>This event attracts thousands of dance enthusiasts, tutors, families throughout Australia &amp; many past recipients of these awards are now international stars - performing in professional companies throughout the world.</p>