AGE AT AWARD: 15
Mia Valenti has loved dance for as long as she can remember. She started learning to dance at her local dancing school in Wemyss Bay. Her first appearance on the stage was at the age of eight when she was given the role of the young Juliet in the premiere of Robert North’s Romeo and Juliet, by Scottish Ballet.
Two years’ later she went on to win a place on the Scottish Ballet’s Junior Associate Scheme. Later she enrolled in the Dance School of Scotland, Knightswood where she has studied for four years.
In 2001 and 2004, Mia won the John Marshall Memorial Award for dance from the Royal Academy of Dance.
Mia has always been a highly focussed and motivated ballet student, able to communicate well with an audience and perform with assurance. She has been offered a fully funded place at Central School of Ballet, London where her exceptional potential can be developed.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award provides support to enable Mia to study dance at the Central School of Ballet.
Since the Award
In 2010 Mia graduated with a Professional Dance & Performance Certificate from the Central School of Ballet. In her final year, Mia toured with 'Ballet Central', a company formed from third-year students of CSB, to many venues in the UK. One of her more unusual performance venues was the Old Bailey in London.