Arnon Herring

    Grant Recipient
    • Dance

    Ramat Gan, Israel

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    I was born in 2002 in Israel. Since I was two years old I have been dancing, singing, directing plays, creating sets and costumes to my shows and performing on every raised surface. At the age of 5 I participated as the only boy in a creative dance group in my neighborhood. It lasted a year until someone gave me a note about the tights I was wearing and I immediately stopped going to the dancing classes.

    For my 12th birthday, I went with my mom to the musical “Cats” which arrived to Israel from London. And there the magic happened. The musical, with all the music and dancing, stunned me. At home, I watched videos from the musical and tried to imitate the choreography. I danced from morning to evening skipping over armchairs, standing on sofas, spinning all over the house. Until mom suggested me to go back to dancing. I gathered my courage and joined. The return and connection were immediate. This time I did not care that children peered at the windows and laughed. I worked hard and the progress was meteoric. I immediately joined classical ballet classes and fell in love, finding that the classic style suited my personality and my body structure. I won a scholarship to the AAB summer course in New York; I played the main role in the Israeli musical Billy Elliott; I joined to Ironi Alef high school for arts in Tel Aviv in the dance track, and won the third place in the KIBC 2017 Korea International Ballet Competition, and I also won two excellence scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

    In 2018 I was admitted to the Royal Ballet School in London, and since then I’m a student there, living apart from my family which lives in Israel. Now I’m on my last studying year there, when recently I was accepted as a replacement dancer to the Royal Ballet Company and as such I perform with the company with their great Ballet performances at the Royal Opera House, which is a dream come true for me.