Donald Thom

Dedication, Determination and Hard Work pays off again!!! Donald Thom's dream of dancing with London England's Royal Ballet Company comes true.

Donald Thom began his training at the Linda Jamieson School of Dance as a 3 year old in the Creative Movement Class. After his early years of training, he joined the Young Dancer Program studying ballet, jazz, and tap. He quickly progressed to the Children's Graded Program where he added Jazz Technique, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre to his courses of study. At age 13, he won the National Teen Title at the American Dance Awards in New York City. He won the same National Teen Title for a record, second time in 2008.

By the age of 16 Donald had successfully completed all of his Ballet Examinations from Primary to Advanced 2 with "DISTINCTION". In April 2009, he was granted to Royal Academy's coveted "Solo Seal Award".

At the Youth of America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition in Chicago Donald's 2nd place finish qualified him to compete at the New York City Finals. It was there that he won seven International Scholarships including Washington Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and the Harod Academy in the United States, Zurich Ballet of Switzerland, Dresden Ballet of Germany, Princess Grace Academy of Monaco and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada.

Donald's teachers, Ellen Andrews and Linda Jamieson took him to London England on a March Break trip to see the world renounded Royal Ballet Company. Noticing Donald's overwhelming reaction they encouraged him to consider attending the Royal Ballet School. They prepared a DVD of his work and sent it off to London, England. He was 1 of 1,000 dancers to audition for the school in 2009. He was 1of 78candidataes invited to audition in the Semi Final Round in London. He was most excited to be one of the five dancers selected from that group to audition in the Final Round. Upon his return to Ottawa, he learned that he was 1 of the 3 successful candidates and was offered a position in the prestigeous Royal Ballet School's Upper Division.

He placed 1st in his class in each of the three years he was in the school and earned scholarships to continue his studies. In his second year he was cast in the Royal Ballet's newest production, "Alice In Wonderland". This, his graduating year, is the most exciting of all as he was not only cast in the Company's spring production, "Prince Of The Pagodas" but this world class Ballet Company, The Royal Ballet of London, England offered him a contract. He begins his professional career in September 2012 and in October, he will dance his first Professional Ballet, Swan Lake.

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