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Sergei Polunin backs London dance school scholarship

A new scholarship for dancers has been launched in association with Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin.

The winner of the Sergei Polunin Inspiration Scholarship Award will receive a full bursary to attend London dance centre Danceworks’ International Ballet Academy Summer School.

Taking place from July 17 to 28, the summer school usually costs £725, with an optional two-week extension costing another £200, all of which the selected dancer will receive free of charge.

Although the award is likely to go to a young dancer, a Danceworks spokeswoman said pre-professional ballet dancers of all ages were invited to apply.

The scholarship is funded by Danceworks Studios and is in partnership with former Royal Ballet principal Polunin, who will be sent a video of the recipient’s work.

Another scholarship announced earlier this year, in association with Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer Michaela DePrince, was awarded to eight-year-old Eve Austen-Marriott.

Katie Bretherick, academy co-ordinator at Danceworks, said: “Our philosophy is that we want students to be creative and inspired and express themselves through dancing.

“We are looking for someone who shows enthusiasm and drive and is committed to dancing.

“Eve, the winner of our previous inspiration scholarship always shows so much passion. She is really driven to keep dancing and she is always smiling.”

She added: “It’s important to have this scholarship because talent and enthusiasm do not discriminate based on someone’s background.”

Auditions for the scholarship will take place on June 18. More information on how to apply can be found here [1].