Friends 2021 Scholarship recipient | Evangeline Beal-Attwood
Evangeline Beal-Atwood was born and raised in Newcastle NSW and is one of four children.
She started dancing at the age of two at a small local school called Action Dancers. At the age of five,
Evangeline moved to The Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy which is now The National College of Dance
in Lambton NSW. It was there that her love for the art form deepened.
At the age of 11, Evangeline was certain ballet was something more than just an afterschool hobby. At the
age of 14 she began training part time, which meant three full days of dancing and two days of academic
studies via correspondence. In that year, she achieved her Certificate III in Dance.
Evangeline’s schedule intensified the following year as her dreams and aspirations for ballet grew. At the age
of 15 Evangeline transitioned into a full time program, dancing six days per week, and successfully attained
her Certificate IV in Dance.
Evangeline’s passion for dance motivated her, at the age of 16, to leave her family and fly to Europe to take
up an offer to train at a vocational ballet school in Germany. This experience–both daunting and exciting–
turned out to be not quite what she’d expected, so Evangeline flew to London to audition for the English
National Ballet School. She successfully gained a place in the full time student program. After just six weeks, a
complication with her visa meant that she had to temporarily leave the UK. Evangeline flew home to her
family in Australia. As the COVID-19 situation worsened in the UK, Evangeline and her family made the
decision to pursue training closer to home and gladly accepted a position at The Australian Ballet School.
Evangeline commend training at The Australian Ballet School at Level 7 in 2021.
Evangeline said “Finding a ballet school which offered me world class training whilst also supporting my
mental and physical health wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. However, within the first few weeks of being at The
Australian Ballet School I knew that this was the right place for me. I will forever be thankful that I made the
decision to trust fate led me to this opportunity. My first year at The Australian Ballet School has honestly
been one of the greatest years of my life. I’m sure this was meant to be an important part of my dance
journey. The School and its people have been incredible. From the amazing teaching and facilities, to the
exceptional healthcare, The Australian Ballet School has it all and I genuinely can’t imagine myself anywhere
else. It has truly been one of the most monumental decisions of my life. I’m so grateful to be a student at this
• 2021 – Commenced training at The Australian Ballet School (Level 7)
• 2020 – Bloch Artiste
• 2020 – Accepted position at Staatiliche Ballettschule Berlin, then moved to English National Ballet School
• 2020 – Offered a position at European School of Ballet
• 2020 – Offered scholarship to Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower
• 2020 – Offered a position at Elmhurst Ballet School
• 2019 – NSW RAD Bursary Winner
• 2019 – Semi-finalist at Alana Haines Australasian Awards Wellington, New Zealand and awarded a
scholarship to attend the Royal Danish Ballet Summer school Copenhagen, Denmark
• 2019 – Finalist at Isobel Anderson Awards RAD
• 2018 – Finalist at The Australian Ballet Scholarship Awards