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Stella Byers 

12 Years Old 

Student of Mt Eden Ballet Academy

Auckland, New Zealand


AHA Awards Junior Finalist 2015

Scholarship to

Alegria Dance Studios Sydney Australia


Stella writes ……


I want to thank Katie Haines, the Judges and all the volunteers involved in the 2015 Alana Haines Competition. It was a wonderful experience to be involved in such an event, and I feel very privileged to have received a Scholarship to Alegria Dance Studios in Sydney this January.


I really appreciated the opportunity to attend the summer school and spend 5 days furthering my dance training.  I attended classes in Classical, Pointe, Solos, Jazz and Contemporary. I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn some new variations and some wonderful Jazz and contemporary pieces.


Thank you so much to the teaching team of Hillary Kaplin, Archibald McKenzie, Joshua Consandine, Dale Pope, Shelley Moore and Penny Martin for the wonderful experience – I really did learn a lot and really loved my time at Alegria.  Meeting and making new friends through dance was great as well.


A big thanks also to my teachers at Mt Eden Ballet Academy for your care, support and training, on my journey to becoming a better dancer!