It didn’t have the drama of an in-person competition, but the success was just as sweet for a Richmond teen who brought home not one, but three awards from this year’s International Ballet Grand Prix in Vienna.
Sixteen-year-old Grace Bianchin competed in the junior classical and contemporary categories at the prestigious event.
The St. Patrick Regional Secondary student placed third in the classical category and also received two special awards for outstanding stage performance as well as outstanding courage for her two dance pieces.
“I was a bit shocked because there were some really impressive dancers in the categories I was in,” said Bianchin.
Because of the pandemic, her performances were filmed and submitted for review.
“It was different because there’s a lot more tension when you’re in-person at the competition with all the other competitors. It gets a bit crazy and there is lots to think about, whereas a virtual competition you’re sending out something that is already filmed.”
But regardless of the format, Bianchin was just happy to have the chance to compete, particularly in these difficult times.
When asked if she has future plans in the dance world, Bianchin confidently said her dream is to become a professional ballet dancer and to eventually teach ballet.
Bianchin is also performing in Goh Ballet’s new short documentary titled “The Reality of a Dream,” which is launching on Dec. 10.