Ballet awards recognise years of sacrifice for dancers

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Ballet dancer Lilla Harvey has described winning the Telstra Rising Star Award as "amazing" and validation for years of hard work honing her craft.

The 21-year-old was named the winner of the Rising Star Award at the 2023 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards held at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday evening.

The Perth native started dancing at the age of four and told AAP on Sunday she was grateful for the recognition of the years of dedication she had made to the art form.

"So amazing and grateful, it was not hard to see the surprise on my face," she said.

"When you put in so much of yourself for so many years to something that you love so much and respect so much, it's just an amazing feeling to have that come back too."

The honour comes with a $25,000 prize.

Fellow dancer Isobelle Dashwood was named winner of the Telstra People's Choice Award, taking home $15,000.

The awards are into their 20th year, with the winners chosen by a panel of judges from The Australian Ballet, Telstra, as well as online votes submitted by the public.

The awards were given out on stage after Saturday night's performance by the Australian Ballet of George Balanchine's three-part ballet, Jewels.

Lilla said on Saturday the experience was a dream come true.

"When you come away from a show feeling really touched, that is what I want to be able to do ... building on who I am as an artist and really making the most out of this career."