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The Telstra Ballet Dancer

The Telstra Ballet Dancer Award is celebration of our 33-year partnership with The Australian Ballet. It’s a prestigious honour that recognises emerging dancers. From backstage to on stage, our 2017 nominees show us what it takes to win.

Meet the six dancers and vote in the People’s Choice Award for your chance to win a VIP ballet experience.

About the Awards

The Telstra Ballet Dancer Award was created in 2003 to foster young dancers in The Australian Ballet to reach their full potential and turn their dreams into reality.

This year six young dancers all with unique talents were nominated for their artistic quality, powerful stage presence and contribution to The Australian Ballet.

The 2017 Ballet Dancer Nominations are:
Jake Mangakahia

Shapes his own story

Isobelle Dashwood

Turns weakness into strength

Drew Hedditch

Breaks down barriers

Sharni Spencer

Finds calm in the chaos

Francois-Eloi Lavignac

Builds strength from within

Valerie Tereshchenko

Gives every moment her all


How to Enter

Watch what it takes backstage to see them on stage. Vote for the People’s Choice Award and you could win a VIP ballet experience during The Australian Ballet's 2018 season. 


Prize Detail

Major prize includes:

  • Two x return economy flights from any capital city in Australia to Sydney or Melbourne
  • Two x tickets to The Australian Ballet’s Opening Night performance of your choice
  • One night’s accommodation for two
  • Transfers to and from airport

Entry form