Phyllis Bedells Bursary awarded

3 Apr 2019

The Royal Academy of Dance, members of One Dance UK, have announced that the Phyllis Bedells Bursary has been awarded to British dancer 16 year old Olivia Chang Clarke, trained by Denise Whiteman at Elmhurst Ballet School. Phyllis Bedells Bursary is an annual event established to encourage talented young dancers to further their career in classical ballet. Olivia’s winning performance was for the Swanhilda variation from Act I of Coppélia and a self-choreographed variation entitled Enigma.

Past winners of Phyllis Bedells Bursary have gone on to perform with professional companies the world over including:

  • The Royal Ballet
  • Dutch National Ballet
  • Estonian National Ballet

Past winners include:

  • Errol Pickford
  • Lauren Cuthbertson
  • Anna Rose O’Sullivan

The bursary is awarded annually and has a value of up to £1,000 to be used to further the winner’s training. The Bursary is open to members of the RAD who are under 17 years of age and have passed the RAD Intermediate and the Advanced 1 Examination (Advanced 1 with Distinction). At this year’s competition, the Academy was delighted to introduce a monetary prize of £250 for the Choreographic Award which was presented to British dancer 16-year old Edward Truelove for his self-choreographed piece Vagabond Soul.