First State Academy of Dance Students Receive Scholarships


First State Academy of Dance (FSAD) has been in business in Milford for 10 years. Over the past decade FSAD’s students have received scholarships, acceptance and awards to various summer programs and colleges/universities through their skills in the art of dance.

Recently, First State Academy of Dance students, Victoria Brown-O’Brien, 16 and Ian Boyan, 14 were chosen for a scholarship at the Delaware Dance Festival held at Dover Downs.  At the festival Victoria and Ian both competed against over 100 dancers from three surrounding states.

 “I’m extremely proud of the fact that one or more of my students have been consistently chosen for this scholarship. It also makes you feel good knowing that you are inspiring and giving these students hope and encouragement to continue on,” commented Michele Xiques, Director of FSAD.     

Ian and Victoria are both skilled and experienced dancers.  Ian has been with FSAD for more than five years and Victoria since FSAD opened ten years ago. Victoria’s mother, Misty Yencer has been teaching dance there as well.

“I am still amazed and grateful that they chosen me. Everyone in my life has been so supportive towards my dance career; they will never know how much it means to me. Let’s face facts; it is not easy being a guy dancer in lower Delaware. The opportunities that dance has given me and the people from around the world that I have met so far has truly inspired me,” stated Ian.

Ian and Tori also represented the First State Academy of Dance at the Youth American Grand Prix this year. FSAD was one of two studios competing from Delaware at the competition. Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students 9-19 years old. Victoria will also competing in Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen this year. 

Two more of FSAD’s students were chosen to be interviewed for the scholarship opportunity as well, Anna Lee Edmondson, 12 and, Angela Zielen, 16. The First State Academy of Dance is located at 107 Maple Avenue in Milford and can be reached at 302-422-2633.