AGE AT AWARD: 20
Edinburgh-born Hannah Venet developed an interest in dance when she was four years old. Initially she began as a pupil at the Theatre School, Edinburgh and joined the Scottish Ballet Junior Associates in 1998. As a pupil at Broughton High, she became part of the school’s specialist dance unit. After leaving school she continued to study dance at the Laban in London, where she gained a first class honours in dance theatre.
While at Laban, Hannah had the opportunity of working with many respected and accomplished dancers, and also participated in workshops led by some of the leading exponents of contemporary dance. Following that, Hannah won a place on the highly-competitive MA in Dance Performance course at the Transitions Dance Company, where only twelve places are offered a year.
The Transitions Dance Company was set up to offer dance students a stepping stone into the professional world. There, Hannah will continue to work alongside some internationally renowned choreographers. While a student at the Laban, Hannah impressed as an open and responsive dancer who was mature, sensitive and dedicated to her art. The fact that she has won a place with Transitions is testament to her calibre as a dancer.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help towards Hannah’s fees and living costs while working and studying with the Transitions Dance Company.
Since the Award
Hannah successfully completed her postgraduate studies and was awarded a Masters, with Merit, on her thesis "New Possibilities of Meaning....' Of her experiences at the Transitions Dance Company, Hannah writes: "I have learnt so much in this Dewar supported year and I have been given the time, responsibility and freedom to develop as an individual with guidance from tutors and fellow dancers alike. My confidence in my own uniqueness and abilities has grown and I feel ready to continue to learn and grow as a Scottish contemporary dancer, but also knowing where I have come from and who I feel I am as an artist."