Nine-year-old ballerina Lea Ellul Sullivan, the first Maltese dancer to compete in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-finals, is gearing up for the Grand Prix finals in New York after she was chosen as one of the 10 best contemporary soloist semi-finalists.
Lea, who has been training at ArtsExcel dance school for the past five years, is also planning to perform her contemporary piece, titled ‘Plucked’, in Malta, the same piece she will be performing in the Grand Prix finals in New York later this year. The choreography featured in the video above is titled Drop.
Lea’s performance in Malta will form part of the show UNNAMED – a culmination of works which have been presented in various international competitions and festivals from students under the direction of Marisha Bonnici. The students performing are top-level performing students who have received international bursaries and awards.
The show will be held at MITP in Valletta on Sunday 2nd April, there will be two performances – one at 4pm, and one at 8pm. Tickets go on sale on the 18th February for €15.
In the run up to the show, Shannon Lily Parker, former principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and Ballet du Rhin will be working with the dancers during their final preparations. Maltese students will have the opportunity to attend master classes with Parker on Sunday 5th March.
Lea will be travelling to the Grand Prix finals in New York on the 8th of April, where she will meet all the other finalists from the rest of Europe, Japan, America, Australia, Brazil and South Korea. During her stay she will take master classes with reputable dance masters and perform her solo at the Hunter College – Kaye Playhouse.
Lovin Malta asked Lea to describe her feelings about everything that’s about to take place – “I can’t believe that in two months time I will be on my way to New York,” the young dancer told us. “It feels like yesterday that I was in Paris for the semi finals. It is too exciting!”
We wish Lea the best of luck in the competition, and congratulate her for what she’s achieved so far.
If you would like to get your hands on tickets, email [email protected] or contact Marisha Bonnici on 79068681.