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2015 Dance Council Scholarship Recipients

Londyn Alexander Amber Strauser Scholarship

When Londyn’s mom enrolled her in dance classes, she discovered her life’s passion and hasn’t left the dance floor since. Londyn attends Booker T. Washington HSPVA and is also a member of the International Conservatory of Performing Arts pre-professional com- pany. This summer she attended Modas Dance Summer Intensive.

Melissa Anderson Jerry Bywaters & Calloway Cochran Scholarship

Melissa Anderson trained at the Ballet Academy of Texas for thirteen years and was a member of their company, Ballet Ensemble of Texas, for three years. She is currently a freshman at The Julliard School and attended Market Street Dance Chicago this summer.

Helena Cerny Gloria Whetstone Memorial Scholarship

Helena Cerny began dancing at the age of three and currently dances at the Ballet Academy of Texas. She is a member of Ballet Ensemble of Texas and danced the part of Clara in The Nutcracker last December. Helena attended American Ballet Theater’s summer intensive in New York on a full tuition scholarship.

Samuel Chadick George Skibine Memorial Scholarship for a Male Dancer

In 2010, Sam decided to quit Jiu Jitsu and soccer, and train as a ballet dancer. Since 2012, he has attended Ballet Academy of Texas’ daytime Pre-Professional Preparatory Program, as well as evening classes, and is a member of the Ballet Ensemble of Texas. This sum- mer, Samuel attended Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Summer Session 2015 Aspirant Program.

Victoria Biro Buster Cooper Jazz Scholarship

Victoria Biro has been dancing since she was three years old. She is a junior at Booker T. Washington HSPVA and is also a member of Repertory Dance Company I. Victoria attended the Jazz and Contemporary intensive at Joffrey Ballet School for Summer 2015.

Samantha Christopher Joyce Seaborne Bader Scholarship

Samantha Christopher is 15 years old and spent the majority of her life in Central Florida where she started out as a competitive gymnast. After moving to Texas, Samantha gave dance a try and ballet became her pas- sion. She has been dancing for three years and will attend the Texas Ballet Theater (Dallas) intensive this summer.

Layla Brent South Dallas Dance Festival Scholarship

Layla Brent is a senior at Booker T. Washington HSPVA. She also attends Texas Ballet Theater Dallas School on full scholarship and is an apprentice with their perform- ing company. She has danced with Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Allegro Performance Ensemble and Beckles Dancing Company. This summer, Layla attended Pittsburg Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive.

Jared Brown Tom Adams Scholarship

Jared Brown is a senior at Booker T. Washington HSPVA and is a member of Repertory Dance Company I. He also performs with Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Allegro Performing Ensemble. This summer, Jared attended The Julliard School and Hubbard Street Dance summer dance intensives.

Katherine Deuitch Artful Dance Ballet Scholarship

Katherine Deuitch has been dancing since she was four years old. At age eleven, she started training at the Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Dance Institute, where she was an apprentice for two years. Katherine currently resides and trains at The School of American Ballet and is in her junior year at the Professional Performing Arts High School. This summer, she attend- ed Boston Ballet’s summer intensive.

Natalia Duran Fred Kelly Scholarship

Natalia Duran has been dancing since the age of three. She attends Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, a nationally renowned arts school, and The World of Dance Studio in Jacksonville, Florida. Every year, she participates in the First Coast Nutcracker. She has won numerous dancing and acting awards, scholarships at various dance conventions over the years, and a 2014 National Title. This summer Natalia attended Next Generation Ballet’s Intensive.

DANCE! NORTH TEXAS a publication of the dance council of north texas vol 18 • no 3 Aug-Oct 2015 page 21

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