January 30, 2014 by Nicole
Photo courtesy of Lisbet Photography
Back in November, we announced a ballet scholarship opportunity at The Center for Contemporary Dance, with applications due by December 27. Finalists were reviewed by a panel of arts educators, executives, professional dancers and pre-professional dance students and a winner was determined.
Eleven year old Elanna Nickerson was selected out of 52 qualified applicants for this scholarship. She will receive private ballet lessons at no cost for one year at The Center for Contemporary Dance, reduced tuition for group classes and access to special performance opportunities. Elanna is currently attending the School’s Pre-Professional Program and has been training seriously since early 2013.
“With so many talented and eager applicants, the panel did not easily come to a final decision,” says executive director Craig W. Johnson. “Every candidate had something special to offer and we wish we could fund every request, but without more support, it’s just not possible.”
The organization’s Board of Directors approved one additional award. As first runner-up, eight-year-old Tyreke Holt was awarded the newly-launched African-American Male Dancer Scholarship, which provides reduced tuition and complimentary participation in student performances to African-American male dancers between the ages of 8 and 17.
Scholarships at CCD are made possible by donations to their Give Kids the Arts campaign, which annually provides more than 3,000 underserved children access to free dance education experiences.
If you’re interested in contributing to a local arts organization or want to provide opportunities for young students to discover and develop their talents, a contribution to Give Kids the Arts is a direct line to those goals.
To learn more about The Center for Contemporary Dance, you can visit www.thecenterfordance.org. Donations to the organization’s Give Kids the Arts campaign can be made here. Parents of African-American boys and teens may inquire about scholarship funding by directly emailing the School at firstname.lastname@example.org.