For my dance enthusiasts, I will now share with you bits and bobbles of my Erik Bruhn Experience.

For the past two months I have been preparing both mentally and physically for a competition I was asked to dance in the first weekend of March. This special collaboration of talent is known as the Erik Bruhn Prize, and is a culmination of young dancers chosen to represent five ballet companies, world-wide. This year, The Hamburg Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theater, and Royal Danish Ballet. Each company sends one male and one female dancer between the ages of 18 and 23 to perform one classical pas de deux, followed by a newly-choreographed, contemporary piece. It is judged by the artistic directors of each company, and is a celebrated venue that occurs once every two years. Erik Bruhn was a Danish ballet dancer who attained great fame and admiration in the world of dance. This competition is a celebration of his legacy, an invaluable opportunity for exposure, and an overwhelming source of inspiration.

My partner and I danced August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano ~ a treasured, classical piece that exemplifies the fundamentals of Bournonville technique and essentially, the Royal Danish Ballet in and of itself. We danced a contemporary piece choreographed by a fellow member of our company, Louise Midjord—A liberating creation that allowed me to explore an entirely different personality and quality of movement.

From day one of rehearsals to our final bow at the Four Season’s Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada, my partner and I relished in every minute of growth, pain, challenge, achievement, and absolute joy that this experience brought us. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity and will forever reflect on it with humility and a sense of life-changing fulfillment.

Here’s to seasons of growth and experiences to savor.

“Where there is no heart, there is no art.” ~Anna Pavlova

Toronto Dance Critic, Paula Citron, reviews the Erik Bruhn Prize 2011 Results Here.

Enjoy a 30 minute interview of the Judging Panel from the Erik Bruhn Prize 2011 Here.

Watch a brief picture slideshow by David Amzallag, with music from our Contemporary Piece, Meron Nign, Here.

*A special thanks to David Amzallag, guest-photo blogger for this post & his time and dedication to preserving such sacred memories*