Houston Ballet II Dancer Joel Woellner Wins Two Prizes at Prix De Lausanne Ballet Competition

Shelly Power, Academy Director commented, "This competition is different from others because students are seen not only on stage in their variation performances but also in daily classes in both ballet and contemporary. Coaching is another area the jury observes and evaluates how a student might grow as a professional. Joel did an amazing job as noted by the judges in all areas but especially in coaching as he demonstrated his ability to adapt to a variety of styles and repertoire which is imperative for a long and diverse career."

A native of Sydney, Australia, Mr. Woellner is studying full time at the Houston Ballet Academy in Houston, Texas U.S.A. and is member of Houston Ballet II. He received a full scholarship with Houston Ballet as a result of his participation in the Finals of Youth America Grand Prix, 2011 New York. Joel has qualified for the semi-finals of the Prix de Lausanne in both 2012 and 2013. He has competed in many ballet competitions and eisteddfods, Welsh festivals of literature, music, and performance. Some of his achievements include: 2011 Alana Haines Australasian Awards - 1st Runner-up B group. 2010 Finalist Senior Ballet Scholarship Sydney Eisteddfod. He will perform as part of Houston Ballet's Academy Spring Showcase at Wortham Theater Center April 26-27, 2013. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713 227 2787 or by visiting www.houstonballet.org.

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