14-year-old Adelaide based ballet student Imogen Walters is the first person to be officially approved for a grant from the Burnside Village Foundation.
Imogen is preparing to move to Moscow later this year, so that she can attend a 10-month training program with the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
The foundation will grant Imogen with the resources she needs for a trip to New York, so that she can dance at the Bolshoi Ballet School’s summer school - acceptance that is by invitation only.
The foundation was established in the honour of Burnside Shopping Village’s late founder Richard Cohen OAM. Aside from leaving behind one of Adelaide’s most luxurious and ambitious shopping malls, he has also left a legacy of supporting greatness throughout the state.
The Foundation was created to pledge, commit and contribute to unique community events, arts initiatives and scholarship opportunities, with an aim to recognise excellence and genuine community benefit for Adelaide.
Lucky recipient Imogen was selected for her outstanding application and her clear and present passion for the performing arts.
“It’s truly an honour to be the first successful candidate of the Burnside Village Foundation,” Imogen said. “The grant has given me the opportunity to continue my life-long dream to pursue a career as a professional ballet dancer, so I’m forever thankful.”
Co-founder of the Burnside Shopping Village and Burnside Village President Mrs. Patricia Cohen says that she is thrilled to see the grant going towards supporting Imogen’s future in the arts.
“The foundation committee believes that Imogen truly represents the purpose of the Burnside Village Foundation and saw her as the perfect first successful candidate,” Patricia said. “My husband and I spent our entire lives building Burnside Village and we’ve always admired the arts and education industries.”
We can’t wait to see what Imogen will bring back with her to Radelaide!
All images via The Burnside Village.