Ballet dancer

The nominees for the Telstra Ballet Dancer of the Year Awards 2021

The six nominees for this year’s Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards have been announced by Australian Ballet and sponsor Telstra. Additionally, the total prize money has been increased from $25,000 to $40,000, with the winner of the Telstra Rising Star Award taking home $25,000 (instead of $20,000) and the winner of the Telstra People’s Choice Award pocketing $15,000 (instead of $20,000). instead of $5,000).

The nominees for the 2021 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards. Photograph provided

This year’s nominees are soloist Nathan Brook, soloist Imogen Chapman, coryphée Jasmin Durham, corps de ballet dancer Serena Graham, coryphée Corey Herbert and corps de ballet dancer Cameron Holmes. The nominees were selected by the Australian Ballet artistic team, the company’s dancers and previous winners.

Normally, the Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards are presented at the end of the year at the Sydney Opera House during the curtain call on the opening night of the season’s final production.

In 2020, that didn’t happen, of course, because of COVID restrictions. Instead, the 2020 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards will be presented at SOH on…