Student Spotlight: Nami Chung-Vastine Awarded First Place at American Ballet Competition

We are so proud to highlight our student Nami Chung-Vastine. She has been dancing with Thomas Armour Youth Ballet since age 6. During her time at TAYB she has performed various roles in our Nutcracker, danced in our annual spring concert, and competed in multiple competitions representing Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. Continue reading this post to learn more about her experience and accomplishments at the American Ballet Competition.

Nami Chung-Vastine, Age 11, with Thomas Armour Youth Balle’s Ballet Mistress Rosario Suarez, competed in Division One of the American Ballet Competition in Ogden, Utah on June 5-8, 2019.  Over four days, Nami participated in master classes taught by Eric Viudes, Karina Elver, and Fiona Katrine, with dancers ranging from age 10 to 20. She was awarded first place in the Classical category, after performing Breadcrumb Fairy Variation from Sleeping Beauty and Variation from Coppelia, Act III.


Nami received second place in the Contemporary category with Añoranza Gitana, choreographed and coached by TAYB Ballet and Character instructor Heydi Pinero. Nami was also the recipient of the Toni Lander Marks Scholarship, an award named in honor of the late Danish ballerina and former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater and London Festival Ballet, and director of Ballet West.  This prize was given to one dancer from across all categories of the competition and is a travel stipend for Nami to return to the American Ballet Competition in 2020.

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