We are delighted to announce that two of our LEAP Ambassadors, Mohammed Ijaz and Fenella Sheldon, have been selected by Trinity College London to feature as part of Trinity Talent 2020. The annual recognition scheme celebrates young artists who have developed their practices and achieved arts qualifications through the college. Ijaz and Fenella's stories have been added to Trinity's gallery of young artists who have shone in their artistic achievement, creativity, progress or leadership.
The panel said of Mohammed Ijaz Special Mention for Arts Award:
'Ijaz's journey, both personal and artistically, is impressive. He's gone from never being on public transport by himself to making an entire journey, literally and metaphorically! He's thrown himself into things he'd never experienced before and showed real determination. He's allowed himself to let himself go artistically which is beautiful to see.'
Mohammed was nominated by Hannah MacGregor, Engagement Coordinator for Birmingham Royal Ballet, who said: 'Ijaz made significant progress in his confidence and aspiration levels as a result of Birmingham Royal Ballet's LEAP Ambassadors programme and completing his Bronze Arts Award. Throughout his time on the programme, he was able to take part in a variety of different training and experiences including ballet, contemporary and jazz class, technical production, marketing training and so much more. His confidence was noticed when Ijaz took part in a Dance Day. Dance is completely out of Ijaz's comfort zone - however, he thrust himself into the classes and challenged himself beyond what he thought he could achieve.'
Fenella Sheldon was also recognised by the panel who said:
'Fenella has shown impressive leadership skills with children, not only teaching others and sharing her own technical skills but also mentoring and guiding others. She's looked to help individuals and shows evidence of being a fully rounded leader, not just teaching art but developing as a coach and mentor.’
Fenella was also nominated by Hannah who said: 'Fenella has shown tremendous leadership skills throughout her time volunteering as an assistant ballet teacher for Birmingham Royal Ballet's talent identification programme, Dance Track. She was able to draw upon her own ballet experience when coaching the children in the class, correcting technique, getting to know them and building rapport and trust with them. She was able to spot when a child was finding the class challenging and took the child through the movement step by step so they felt more confident in their abilities. I believe that Fenella has grown her leadership skills and I don't doubt that she will go on to deliver many more successful dance classes in the future.'
A massive congratulations to Ijaz and Fenella who have thrived on our Ambassadors programme and continue to go from strength to strength.
You can read more about TrinityTalent Class 2020 here.