AGE AT AWARD: 17
Rutherglen-born Jon started his training in dance at the Dance School of Scotland, where he showed himself to be extremely talented from the start. He decided early on that he wanted to become a professional dancer. During his six years at the Dance School he worked hard to achieve a very high technical standard.
In 2008 Jon achieved the RAD Advanced II vocational graded examination, which is a standard of training attained by only a few male students worldwide. In the same year he auditioned for vocational dance schools in London and was offered places at the English National Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and the Royal Ballet School. Jon accepted the Royal Ballet School which had offered him a place onto the second year.
Jon is a versatile dancer who has the facility to become principal in a classical company. He has an excellent natural physical facility and ideal physique for classical ballet, but is also able to dance a whole range of styles.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help Jon through his two years of study at the Royal Ballet School.
Since the Award
Jon graduated with credit from the Royal Ballet School in 2010 and was offered a place with the Cape Town City Ballet. Jon writes that the best time of his two years at RBS was when he toured Japan for 11 days with his year group visiting four different cities and dancing both classical and contemporary pieces. Jon writes that "without your continual support, none of the past two years would have been possible."
Without this award it would have been impossible for me to continue training with the Royal Ballet.