The Washington Ballet announced its renewed commitment to supporting young people from all backgrounds in pursuing ballet study. The company will award more than $300,000 in scholarships each year to students who otherwise would not be able to afford ballet study, with an emphasis on people traditionally underrepresented in ballet, such as people of color and young men.
Read through the document below for more information on our scholarship initiative:
DanceDC Merit Scholarships
The Washington Ballet selects talented students from DanceDC participant schools to receive a full merit-based scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet. DanceDC Merit Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to study classical ballet, free of charge, for a full school year. This program is vital for these TWSB students, many of whom would not be able to pursue their dance training without financial support.
“My appreciation for the DanceDC Merit Scholarship goes far beyond the monetary help they provide for my daughter’s dance education. This program has actually built a bridge from her dreams to reality, opening her eyes to her full potential in the world. How could I ever thank them for showing her there is no limit to what she can do, where she can go, and who she can be?”
-Lauren Dew, parent of a 2016 DanceDC Merit Scholar
Rory Schwartz Scholarship
The Rory Schwartz Fund honors the memory of Rory Jashinsky Schwartz and benefits students of The Washington School of Ballet who demonstrate Rory’s talent and passion, and who are striving towards a career in dance.
Rory Schwartz Scholarship Recipients
2013.14 Christianne Campbell, University of Oklahoma
2014.15 Stefan Goncalvez, Joffrey Ballet Company Member
2015.16 Aiden Carrasquel, Ballet San Antonio Company Member
2016.17 Rafael Bejarano, The Washington Ballet Studio Company Member
2017.18 Joshua Kiesel, The Washington School of Ballet, Trainee Program Member
2018.19 Jordan Lovelace, The Washington School of Ballet Professional Training Program Student
2019.20 Trae Mikus, The Washington School of Ballet Professional Training Program Student