Eric Avery. Photo Damien Baker
On Wednesday 22 March 2012 The Australian Ballet announced that young Indigenous artist Eric Avery will be joining the company’s Education team for a professional development placement, as part of its 2012 Education Program.
Twenty-one-year-old Eric is a graduate of NAISDA Dance College and will begin with the company in April. He’ll be mentored by Helen Cameron, The Australian Ballet’s Education Program Director.
As part of the mentorship, he'll have access to one of Australia’s most popular dance Education programs, as well as the opportunity to build networks within the Australian dance community. He’ll receive specialised tuition in classical dance technique, training in communication and teaching methodology, and support in developing choreographic skills.
The professional development placement is funded in part by a $20,000 grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet David McAllister said he was thrilled to be able to offer Eric this unique educational opportunity.
“From our ongoing collaborations with Bangarra Dance Theatre to our Education workshops in Indigenous communities around Australia, we relish the chance to connect ballet with Indigenous dance,” said McAllister.
“We’re incredibly excited to have Eric join the company, and along the way of his learning with us, I’m sure there’s much we’ll learn from him too.”
The announcement coincides with the beginning of The Australian Ballet’s 2012 Education Program in which over 500 educational events will be held across Australia. To view the complete program including times, dates and locations click here.