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And the winner for the 2018 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award is…

For only the 4th time since the Award’s inception, one dancer, Jade Wood, has been named as both the 2018 People’s Choice winner and the overall 2018 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award winner, the most prestigious prize in The Australian Ballet.

In recognition of her exceptional talent and outstanding achievements throughout the year, ‘the girl from Cairns' has received a $25,000 cash prize for taking out both Awards.

Jade and her younger sister were raised in Cairns by their mother, who ran a local ballet school. At age 13 Jade was accepted into The Australian Ballet school and her mother relocated the family to Melbourne, so they could support Jade in pursuing her dream.

A self-confessed shy girl, Jade recently led the company in two fierce female roles, as Giselle and Alice (from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and believes that in the past few years she has grown to be more confident. This is the third time Jade was nominated for the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award and she says she feels just as lucky and honoured as the first time she was nominated.

Rounding out the 2018 nominees this year were Brodie James (Perth, WA), Rina Nemoto (born in Japan, now resides in Melbourne), Lucien Xu (born in China, resides in Melbourne), Nathan Brook (Sydney) and Corey Herbert (Melbourne). 


In Pictures: Jade Wood wins The 2018 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award