by Terry Rogers
Ten students at First State Dance Academy recently learned that they were recipients of several scholarships, valued in the thousands. Students received scholarships for summer camps at prestigious dance schools as well as awards for competition performances.
“Competitions give dancers the opportunity to present their individual talents,” Michele Xiques, Director at First State Dance Academy, said. “They receive recognition and praise for all their dedication, commitment, hard work, training and their talents. They also receive valuable professional feedback from world-renowned judges. The awards offer assistance for their continued training.
Kyleigh Dunlap received a scholarship to First State Ballet Theatre and was accepted to the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.
“I was shocked and excited to learn I had won this award,” Dunlap said. “I am so excited to have the six-week BTM summer intensive opportunity!.”
Amelia Bickel received a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Ballet and the First State Ballet as well as to the Dance Conservatory and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.
“This is the first year that I’ve won an y sort of scholarship and it is really exciting,” Bickel said. “You put in months of work for one or two minutes no stage and it is a very accomplished feeling, knowing that hard work paid off.”
Parker Reb placed in the top five at the National Ballet competition and was awarded several scholarships for his accomplishment. Most of the scholarships were for summer programs while one is for a year-round program. Reb will be attending classes through the Pennsylvania Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Sterling Ballet and Akhmedova Ballet Academy.
“Parker also auditioned and was accepted to the Nutmeg Conservatory and the Boston Ballet,” Xiques said. “Parker received a scholarship to Princeton Ballet School and was accepted to the American Repertory Ballet. During the Priscilla Payson Foundation competition, he received a monetary judge’s award and a scholarship to Artistry Unleashed.”
Blayke Cawby received a scholarship to the First State Ballet Theatre and the Academy of International Ballet while Hailie Gampp received the Priscilla Payson Foundation teacher award for ballet as well as scholarship to the Mid Atlantic Ballet. Victoria Nikoleava received the Priscilla Payson Foundation teacher award for contemporary dance and Magdelyn Reb received a scholarship at the Warehouse at E Street. Jayna Ledford received a $10,000 scholarship through the Collin Higgins Foundation. Cassidy received a scholarship to Academy of International Ballet and DE Arts Conservatory.
Kristen Greenly, Miss Sussex County Outstanding Teen, participated in the Miss Delaware Outstanding Teen Pageant on June 15. She was the 3rd Runner Up in the competition. Greenly also received a non-finalist award for dance and the Ms. Congeniality award. Greenly was awarded a monetary award for her performance at the DE Dance Festival and a scholarship to the Delaware Art Conservatory.
“Our dancers work extremely hard and we are always excited to see their efforts awarded,” Xiques said. “We are so happy for these students and cannot wait to see what the future brings for them.”
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