News Office (The Jakarta Post)
Thu 23 August 2018
It looks like a good year for young Indonesian ballerinas as another dancer has been awarded in an international ballet competition.
Shalama Qowlam Fadila, 15, trained at the Ballet Academy in Casagaya, Jakarta, won second place in the Junior Ballet Solo category at the Taiwan Grand Prix International Ballet Competition in early August.
The grand prize awarded Shalama scholarships to Bossov Ballet Theater at Maine Central Institute and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, both located in the United States.
However, Shalama opted instead to continue her ballet training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, which she auditioned for after winning second place at Dance Prix Indonesia in April. During the same period, she also auditioned for a spot at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. – and was accepted.
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Anindya Krisna, a former Ballet Manila company artist and founder of the Casagaya Ballet Academy, which teaches Shalama, said Jakarta Post that her pupil would begin her training at the Bolshoi Academy in September, where she would learn Russian in the first year, then continue her secondary studies alongside her ballet training.
Shalama joined the Casagaya Ballet Academy to learn the Vaganova Ballet Method in 2017 at the Namarina Dance Academy, where she had been trained according to the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) curriculum. (mut)