Augusta Vining has been selected to study at the prestigious English National Ballet School in London this fall. She will participate in a six-month trainee program to refine her ballet technique, create a professional dance portfolio and prepare for company auditions.
“I am eager to delve into the professional world of dance and experience how different cultures perceive and interpret this art form,” Vining said. “I look forward to exploring a new city, making new connections and working very hard!”
As a first-year student in the School of Classical & Contemporary Dance (SCCDance), Vining enrolled in a career preparation course to learn valuable skills and deepen her understanding of dance as a powerful means to interact with the world.
“I learned the intersectionality of dance and how it can be a way to communicate with others to spread a message or make a statement. Looking at dance in this light has been inspiring, and I am so grateful for this new perspective.”
At the end of the course, she was assigned to create a vision board and included training at the English National Ballet School as one of her goals.
Last February, despite a snowstorm closing campus, Vining filmed her audition video in the Erma Lowe Hall studios. She was invited to audition in London and was offered a spot in the program.
Q&A with Vining
What inspired you to audition for the English National Ballet School?
The English National Ballet is a prestigious company I have admired since I began dancing as a little girl. It has always been my dream to dance in London. I am so grateful that it will soon be a reality!
I would like to give a special thank you to my friends and family from the Reformed University Fellowship and the Paradox Church. Their continued prayers and support throughout this have been a great blessing.
What made you want to pursue your area of study?
I am pursuing a career in dance because it is my passion. It may sound cliche, but I mean it with my whole heart. I feel joy when I dance and want to share this with others.
How have your studies and time in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance prepared you for this role?
My time and studies in the SCCDance have allowed me to grow as a dancer and a critical thinker. SCCDance has created an encouraging and uplifting environment, a space to take risks and learn from mistakes. I was also introduced to somatics, which has helped me become more in tune with my mind and body when dancing.
Who has most impacted your TCU experience so far and why?
The SCCDance faculty and students have immensely impacted my TCU experience because of the supportive culture. When I auditioned, it was their warmth and cheerfulness that made TCU stand out from other dance programs. Everyone is excited to explore, create and improve.
What are you excited to learn from this unique opportunity?
I’m excited to study in a different country to make new connections and develop a more global perspective. The mission of TCU is to form ethical leaders in the global community, and my studies have prepared me to become an independent thinker and a more articulate student.