Arjan Jayawardena was born in Sydney in 2005. He is the first person in his family to pursue ballet training. Arjan took his first dance class at the age of five, doing hip hop with Dance Action. His first ballet lesson was with Rhapsody Studios as a nine-year-old. He has been training in classical ballet with The Conlan College in Sydney since he was 11 years old.
Arjan enjoys performing in eisteddfods and competitions in Sydney. In 2019 he was awarded runner-up in the Advanced Foundation grade of the Royal Academy of Dance’s Isobel Anderson Memorial Awards.
Arjan has participated in the Royal Ballet School’s 2018 Summer Intensive at White Lodge and 2018 and 2019 Spring Intensives in Hong Kong.
Christopher Powney first saw Arjan at the inaugural 2018 Hong Kong Spring Intensive Course.
On being named a Royal Ballet School International Scholar, Arjan said:
'I’m so grateful and extremely excited to have the opportunity to train with The Royal Ballet School. I feel very lucky that a school of this caliber sees my potential and has stepped forward to help me achieve my ballet aspirations.'
Arjan's teacher, Susan Anderssen from The Conlan College, said:
'All of us here at The Conlan College are so proud of Arjan. He is an extraordinarily talented and hard working young man. His dedication to his art is evident to all who see him dance and we are thrilled to have him recognised as a Royal Ballet School International Scholar! We look forward to supporting his journey. A huge achievement and we can’t wait to watch his career develop over the coming years.'