Biography / Education

Jacinta Walsh was born in Melbourne Australia. Her first experience with dance was at the Bruce Saunders School of Dance, where she was introduced to the various styles of dancing. Jacinta was the youngest dancer to receive the Modern Jazz Diploma, awarded to her by Janett Ladell and was also selected to appear for the television program “Young Talent Time”. While undertaking her teacher’s certificate in Modern Jazz, Jacinta simultaneously completed her exams in Latin American, Ballroom and Exhibition. During this time, Jacinta was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance and studied classical ballet, modern, character dance and mime under the direction of the distinguished ballet teacher Anne Woolliams among others. She participated in the R.A.D syllabus and achieved “Highly Commended” for her Intermediate R.A.D exam. Understanding the importance of being educated in music, Jacinta also completed grade six piano A.M.E.B. During her years at V.C.A Jacinta was granted the Big Brother Scholarship, which enabled her to participate in the Hong Kong Dance Festival, the Aberdeen Youth Festival and U.K tour with selected students of the V.C.A. From there she went to the John Neumeier Ballet School in Hamburg Germany. After two years of tertiary studies at the V. C. A she received her Diploma of Dance under the direction of Jonathan Taylor, and won the Anthony Joseph Pratt Scholarship.

Jacinta holds a Graduate Diploma in Arts & Cultural Management (University of South Australia, UniSA). For her management report on The Australian Ballet she received distinction.

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