Opera ballet

Grace joins the Paris Opera Ballet School

Grace Carroll; photo: Daniel Asher Smith

It’s been a few months since Grace Carroll was named the winner in the Women’s 15-19 category at the Youth America Grand Prix. It has now been revealed that among the many scholarships and private auditions she has been offered, Grace will take up her place at the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet School (POBS) later this year. She will join at the second division level (the second highest level in the school). At just 16, she is one of the few Australians ever selected for this prestigious and historic school.

Its success is well deserved. At YAGP, although she had many amazing rivals, her musicality and phrasing placed her among those who stood out as the most “finished” dancers. She performed a gloriously controlled variation of paquita. She exuded maturity and artistry and managed to suspend every move in a perfect frame.

Besides her POBS offer, she has also received scholarship offers to the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance in Monaco, the San Francisco Ballet School and the Joffrey Academy of Dance in the United States.

Grace is a student at Tanya Pearson Academy in Sydney under the tutelage of Lucinda Dunn (formerly Principal Artist of the Australian Ballet).

“The Paris Opera has always been a dream of mine and I still can’t believe it’s a reality today. I was inspired by the history of the school, the style of training, the dancers within the school and the company, and the repertoire the company performs,” says Grace.

Her teacher claims that Grace “has an exceptional innate artistic talent”.

“Her beautiful physique and proportions are ideal for a career in classical ballet,” Dunn says. “She has divine lines, is an extremely versatile and musical dancer and fascinating on stage. A true artist in the making! I wish her every success as she travels to Paris for this stage of her career.

Grace began her early ballet training at Dynamite Premiere Academy before being offered a scholarship to attend Redlands in Dance program (Sydney). She began training at Tanya Pearson Academy in early 2016 in the Senior Transition Program before transitioning to the full-time program in 2017. While there, she also won a silver medal at the International Competition Beijing Ballet Festival and Sydney Eisteddfod 2017. Robert & Elizabeth Albert Scholarship.

Additionally, Grace played the lead role in Sydney City Youth Ballet’s 2018 season of Gisele Act II, working closely with Lucinda Dunn and Maina Gielgud AO in this mature and demanding role.

Grace will move to Paris in September.

– Additional reporting by SUSAN BENDALL