DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2007 Grant Recipient
Classical Ballet Winner
An 18-year-old ballet dancer from Surrey, B.C., Alyssa Stevens has been dancing since she was 3 years old. A graduate of Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, she received her training at the Flora Pigeau Academy of Dance and the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, as well as at summer sessions given by the Banff Centre for the Arts. In September 2007 she will begin the professional training program at the Goh Ballet Academy.
Alyssa danced the role of Clara in the Alberta Ballet / Ballet BC productions of The Nutcracker in 2002 and 2003, as well as in the 2006 Goh Ballet production. She also performed in China in 2006 as part of the Canadian Youth Ballet Tour. She has been awarded numerous dance scholarships over the years and has received the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award, the highest examination honour given by the Royal Academy.
Lin Yee Goh, Principal of the Goh Ballet Academy, describes Alyssa as a dancer of great potential. "She is a professional, flexible dancer with great attitude, excellent technique and beautiful expression. Besides ballet, she also excels in modern, contemporary and jazz forms of dance. I anticipate that she will go very far."
David LaHay, Nancy Kilgour and Merrilee Hodgins, the members of the Hnatyshyn Foundation ballet jury, were unanimous in their praise of Alyssa's audition performance. "Her years of training and self-discipline are obvious. A very talented young dancer who already has excellent classical technique and can also do very well in the contemporary idiom. She dances with musicality and sensitivity. Very engaging and expressive, - a pleasure to watch."