Dance Spirit readers will select the winning dancer.
Vote for Hannah by visiting www.DanceSpirit.com/cms!
Voting starts June 15 at 9 a.m. and closes July 31
|Hannah Bettes in Swan Lake at the Straz Center.|
Hannah entered the contest by posting a performance video on dancemedia.com.
"The Dance Spirit editors watched the video and knew she had to be in the contest. She has lovely legs and feet, gorgeous extension and a strong upper body. Hannah is a powerful yet delicate dancer,” said Feller.
Bettes and the other finalists (Alyssa Ness from Ramsey, Minn. and Megan Skalla from Draper, Utah) spent three days in New York City in April dancing in master classes and being photographed and videotaped for the contest.
Winner of several international awards, Bettes most recently came in first in the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York City in April. Prior to that, she came in second and was honored with “Audience Favorite” in Switzerland’s Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, earning a full scholarship to the prestigious Royal Ballet School (RBS) in London. Only 15 females are accepted each year into the RBS program.
As an aside, Next Generation Ballet alumna Hannah Beach, now studying on a full scholarship at RBS, has just been given the accolade of being moved up in the program. She’ll skip a full year of training, bringing her closer to her goal of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
Currently, Bettes and two other NGB dancers are competing at the Fourth Annual Beijing International Invitational competition, all expenses paid by the competition.