DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2009 Grant Recipient
Classical Ballet Winner
The winner of the award for Classical Ballet, 18-year-old Jackson Carroll of Toronto, Ontario, who will be undertaking an apprenticeship program at the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto in August, 2009. He has been training at the National Ballet School for the past several years.
Jackson has danced in The National Ballet School's Spring Showcase, Year-end Show and at their Annual General Meeting. He has also performed at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland (2008) and at the Teatro Puccini in Florence, Italy (2007). In 2009, Jackson was awarded the National Ballet School 's Peter Dwyer Award and in 2007, the Jonathan Cope Prize from the Wells School in London, England.
Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director, YOU dance, The National Ballet School of Canada describes Jackson 's ballet technique as very strong. " Jackson's physical characteristics reflect who he is artistically. Each time I have seen him perform, it has forced me to let go of my preconceived notions of what I was about to see, and to experience the work as it actually was in the moment he performed it.In spite of his gifts, Jackson is unspoiled and conscious of the obligations that talent brings."
François Chevennement, Margaret Kaufman and Mary Jago-Romeril, the members of the Hnatyshyn Foundation ballet jury, were unanimous in their praise of Jackson's technique: "Excellent classical technique. Excellent musicality and style and quality of movement. Outstanding in both Classical and Contemporary techniques. Amazing versatility."