Two youngsters to jeté off to Berlin after stellar performances at international ballet competition

  • Two Johannesburg youngsters will be jetting off to Berlin, Germany, after being offered a two-week scholarship following their performances at the SA International Ballet Competition this week. 
  • The competition has been likened to the “Olympics of ballet”, and it is notoriously difficult for dancers to place well.
  • Rahl Burke and Noelia Schulz were offered a place at the prestigious Berlin State Ballet School.

Two young South African ballet dancers have been offered a two-week scholarship to a prestigious German ballet school after excelling at an international competition.

Rahl Burke, 16, and Noelia Schulz, 11, were offered a place at the Berlin State Ballet School after competing in the SA International Ballet Competition in Cape Town this week.

Both dancers train at the Orlovska Dance Academy in Johannesburg.

Orlovska dance teacher Alisa Balayan said the dancers competed against students from some of the most highly ranked dance institutions around the world. She said the competition was “like the Olympics of ballet” and that it is notoriously difficult for dancers to place well.

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