2022 RNZB Foundation Scholarship

2022 RNZB Foundation Scholar Announced

January 2022

With thanks to the generous support from an anonymous donor, the Foundation is thrilled to announce the RNZB Foundation Scholar for 2022.

The Scholarship supports a young Kiwi dancer as they work to realise their potential in this most demanding of professions.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet Foundation Scholar sits alongside the two Friedlander Foundation Scholars and the long-standing and prestigious Todd Scholar, expanding the pathways available for talented young New Zealanders to pursue professional careers in dance in Aotearoa.

The 2022 RNZB Foundation Scholar is Monet Galea-Hewitt.

Monet in rehearsal for Paquita at RNZB Dance Centre, Wellington, NZ, 8 July 2021. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.

Monet grew up in Auckland and trained at the Philippa Campbell School of Ballet under tutors Philippa Campbell and Joye Lowe. She was an Associate with the New Zealand School of Dance. At age 12 she was a Finalist in the Junior Division of the Alana Haines Australasian Awards and in 2018 was placed 2nd in the Supreme A section. She was also awarded 2nd place at the Sir John Logan Campbell Awards.

Monet was the winner of the Junior B section, Asian Grand Prix Auckland Region 2018 and a Gold medalist at the 2018 Adeline Genée Awards in Hong Kong. In 2018 she moved to London to commence training at the English National Ballet school. She completed two and a half years at the School before returning home to New Zealand in 2020.

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Former Soloists Katherine Skelton and Madeleine Graham in The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Sleeping Beauty, 2020. Photo: Stephen A’Court.