NEW ZEALANDER HANNAH O'NEILL WINS WORLD'S TOP BALLET AWARD
AHA 1ST RUNNER-UP 2005 & 2007
GOES ON TO WIN TOP INTERNATIONAL AWARDS IN USA, SWITZERLAND & BULGARIA
FROM MEBA AUCKLAND NZ - NOW PARIS OPERA BALLET COMPANY
Hannah O’Neill has won numerous prestigious international awards but now she joins a list of world famous dancers who have won at this world class competition. The Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria is the oldest, and arguably, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world where professional dancers of the highest calibre present solos & Pas de Deux. The competition was founded in 1964 and is held every two years in Varna, Bulgaria. A plethora of famous dancers have gained their first international recognition at the competition such as Ekaterina Maximova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Élisabeth Platel & Sylvie Guillem but Hannah is the first New Zealander ever to win this coveted award. The director of the 'Paris Opera Ballet School' where Hannah trained prior to joining the company is in fact Elizabeth Platel - winner of the Varna International Award 1978.
Hannah O'Neill trained at the Mt Eden Ballet Academy in Auckland where her rare and stunning talent was evident from a young age. She was a dedicated student known also for her lovely demeanour.
Hannah was 1st Runner-up in AHA Awards in both 2005/2007 & then at 15yrs old moved in 2008 to Melbourne to train full time at the Australian Ballet School. Hannah gained an international profile in 2009 when she won the Prix de Lausanne, the world’s most prestigious competition for young dancers, held in Switzerland. In 2010 O'Neill was awarded first place in the senior woman's section at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York & was invited as guest performer at the AHA Awards Grand Finals in Auckland 2011.
Hannah O’Neill was then accepted into the prestigious ‘Paris Opera Ballet School’ & in August 2012 was offered a rare contract with the Paris Opera Ballet company. More than 100 students from around the world competed for two highly sought after positions with the company. Both positions were offered to students from the Paris Opera Ballet School. 'The Paris Opera Ballet is what ballet is to me, it's been a dream of mine since I was little' O'Neill said. A male & female dancer were chosen to represent Paris Opera Ballet Company performing their Pas de Deux & Classical Solo at the 2014 Varna International Ballet Awards.
See results on link below from all over the world.