AGE AT AWARD: 17
Laura-Jane, from Ayrshire, has been studying ballet since the age of five.
She became a Junior Associate of the Scottish Ballet when she was 10, and later a Senior Associate. While a part-time dance student, Laura won a number of prestigious dance awards, including the John Marshall Senior Award, and reached the semi-finals of the Young Dancer of the Year in 2005, competing against dancers in full-time training.
In 2005 she also successfully auditioned for the Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham. At the end of her first year she won the prize for ‘Most Achieved’ student. Since her second year she has regularly been on tour with the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
How the Award Helped
Laura-Jane received a Dewar Arts Award towards her ballet school tuition.
Since the Award
After successfully graduating from Elmhurst Ballet School, Laura-Jane was offered a contract with Birmingham Royal Ballet where she is now a member of the company.
She writes, “I feel extremely fortunate to be in the position I am in and to have had so many wonderful opportunities offered to me along the way. Without doubt my Dewar Arts Award made so much of this possible for me and gave me the security of knowing that I could give all my time, effort and commitment to my chosen career without any financial worries.”
Mary Goodhew, Artistic Director of Birmingham Ballet, writes, “Throughout her time at Elmhurst Laura Jane. Gibson has been an exemplary student. She is a gifted dancer who is a credit to her family, the supporters and organisations that funded her and all her teachers. I am delighted to say that she is now a professional dancer who graduated from Elmhurst into the Birmingham Royal Ballet.”