Sunepsangla wins the Great Indian Ballet Competition 2019

Sunepsangla wins the Great Indian Ballet Competition 2019
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Dec 2 | Publish Date: 12/2/2019 12:11:42 PM IST

 Hailing from Nagaland, 11-year-old Sunepsangla Jamir, a class eight student of Maple Tree School, Dimapur won the first prize in the Classical Ballat Solo Youth category at the Great Indian Ballet Competition, 2019 held recently in Mumbai.

She is the daughter of Aomeren Jamir and Ameü Jamir. Talking to Nagaland Post in an exclusive interview, Sunepsangla’s mother shared how it has started when one of her uncles who stays in Singapore encouraged her to start ballat and which prompted her to starts at the age of five at Hope Centre for Excellence, Dimapur. Her enthusiasm, inquisitive and passion to learn more about it, got her where she is today, exclaims her mother. 

At the age of nine, she found herself a tutor from Austria through the internet.  Sunepsangla started putting keen interest at the age of 11, from studio to home practise on her own became regular. And until 2018, travelling to Mumbai for her brother’s admission which was a turning point for her as the family attended the live telecast ballat show from Moscow in Mumbai.  “It’s really hectic, challenging and a mixture of anxiety, pressure and joy, it’s not easy from finding right teacher to running studio to studio, designing own idea dress for a competition mending days out and in with needles and pins, laces, stones, gums, finding make ups which we really don’t wear.  Ordering shoes from Singapore, laces from the US, stockings from Bangkok, foot cares from the US, crown from China”, her mother said. Besides, her interest to be the best ballat, Supongsangla also love playing piano and is also creative in art that let her bagged the first position in the mega art competition, best sketch held on November 14, which will also be displayed at the hornbill exhibition.  This year’s edition of Great Indian Ballet Competition witnessed participation from 61 students. Participants from across the country in the age group from 4 to 25 years performed in two styles —classical and modern. 

Elimination took place through the first round which was judged by Singapore-based dance teacher Kimberely Martin, Japanese dancer Chiiho Sano, who is studying the therapeutic effects of ballet and Goa-based Tino Sanchez who has worked with the likes of performance company, Cirque du Soleil. 

The winners were presented with scholarships to renowned ballet schools such as Russian school of ballet, Johannesburg, Antionette Pylarinu in Vienna and International Ballet Competition in Nuremburg.

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