First of all and most importantly, I hope that everyone is in good health and staying safe at home.
In times like these, my heart is with our community. I know many of you prepared for national and international dance competitions since many, many months and it breaks my heart to see the disappointment of so many young dancers all over the world that cannot present their variations and hard work due to the spread of COVID-19.
Competition season is for so many of us in the dance community one of the most exciting and rewarding moments of the whole year – I like to call it the « The Candy » of the season – and all of a sudden we find ourselves isolated at home, trying to keep training without knowing when we can go back to normal life.
Let’s just remind ourselves that these isolation guidelines are for the health and wellbeing of our community at large, and that we are heroes by just staying at home.
In the last five weeks, I have been training my students online through Zoom: it is just fantastic and absolutely revolutionary. I can see them well, correct them efficiently, we are all united and we keep training and improving.
So that is where my idea for Elegance came from.
I also often had thoughts about the financial situations of dance students and Competitions. I remember myself in ballet school at the Conservatory of Vienna – quite a few times I was extremely lucky that my school paid all the costs for me to participate in international Competitions such as Prix de Lausanne, the Nureyev Competition in Budapest, Serge Lifar in Kiev and a few more. Without their financial support, I would never have gone to any of those very famous and important Competitions.
When we talk about the costs of such events, we have to consider the flights, hotel, incredibly expensive costumes, high registration fees and much more. Not everyone can afford these and it is extremely sad to miss the opportunity of being discovered by international judges, ballet masters, choreographers and company directors, due to financial constraints.
With our online competition, young dancers would save most of those costs, but still have the opportunity to win money prizes, scholarships and contracts, as well as to be discovered and seen by a jury of world-renowned personalities of the dance world.
I believe with Elegance we have the opportunity to start something new, revolutionary and incredibly rewarding for our young dance generation.
Good luck, let’s have fun with this and thank you for your trust!