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From Johannesburg to London and New York! Ballerina Zeinab has paved her path to a bright future in ballet, earning both a bursary to an international competition and a full scholarship to the the American Ballet Theatre.


Johannesburg, South Africa (30 June 2024) — It’s very easy to get caught up in the whimsical elegance dancers like Ballerina Zeinab Kone exude.

We, the public, are almost never privy to the gritty work that goes on behind the scenes; work that’s poured into not only making the dances as seamlessly graceful as they always are but also the work that’s put into getting those dancing opportunities in the first place.

So, when shining opportunities do come a ballerina’s way, those of us rooting from the audience can only imagine how much mental and physical discipline went into getting that seat at the table.

Zeinab stands tall at the cusp of two dream opportunities. The first comes by way of her performance during her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 exam. This earned her a high distinction, and as such, a bursary to compete in the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition in London come September.

The second, is that after London, Zeinab will be heading to the Big Apple for her final year of training at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School as her school, St Mary’s Waverley, proudly share.

The blossoming ballerina has been offered a full scholarship for her New York adventure and the beginning of a beautifully bright future ahead.

This after her competition as a soloist in the 2024 Youth America Grand Prix earlier this year, which Zeinab dubbed as the occassion that “literally changed [her] life”.

Zeinab competing as a soloist

Needless to say, Zeinab is a ballerina to watch. From Johannesburg to London and New York, we can’t wait to see where else her hard work and breathtaking talent will take her.

Sources: Zeinab Kone; St Marys School Waverley 
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