To fulfill our mission to promote the awareness and appreciation of dance throughout all the communities of Westchester County, Westchester Ballet Company seeks to discover and nurture promising young dancers of diverse backgrounds. Through our scholarship program we can offer training to many talented and promising students at both intermediate and advanced levels. Our annual scholarships awarded in the fall are primarily for instruction in ballet at Logrea Dance Academy, the school of the Westchester Ballet Company, for the up-coming academic year, but are also available to ballet students who seek training in other forms of dance. Scholarship recipients are expected to audition and be invited to become members of the company and be available for roles in Company productions, such as The Nutcracker, selected for them by the Artistic Directors. The scholarship funds must be used for dance programs offered at the Logrea Dance Academy, or dance programs approved by the Artistic Directors.
The number of scholarships awarded each year is determined by the amount of funds available at the time of the audition. Whether or not a student receives a scholarship in a particular year, does not affect his or her chances of receiving one in the future. All candidates attending this year’s audition may also participate in future scholarship auditions.
Types of Scholarships Available:
- Westchester Ballet Company Merit Awards: For students from ages 8 to 12 who have some dance experience, and for experienced dancers from ages 8 to 18. Awards are given primarily for instruction in ballet. They may also be given for jazz, tap or modern dance to those current ballet students seeking to enhance their versatility. Scholarships are awarded based on the talent, motivation and potential of the student.
- Westchester Ballet Company Named Scholarships:
- The Russel Fratto Scholarship was established to honor the memory of the company’s artistic consultant from 1986 until his death in 2002, and is intended to encourage boys to explore ballet as an activity involving both strength and ability, and also as a possible career path. The award provides funding for two classes per week at the Logrea Dance Academy for boys who demonstrate the talent and dedication needed to become professional dancers.
- The Marcuana Scholarship is named after the farm in Rucar, Romania where Artistic Director Jean Logrea was born, and was established to honor the memory of his parents, Gheorghe and Otilia Logrea. The award provides funding for one class per week at Logrea Dance Academy for young, talented dancers who have a financial need and whose parent(s) have immigrated to the United States.
- The KRL Scholarship celebrates the many years of service given to the company by our esteemed friend Kristina Lindbergh. The award provides funding for two classes per week at the Logrea Dance Academy for girls who demonstrate the talent and dedication necessary to perform at levels that meet the exacting standards of the Westchester Ballet Company productions.
- The Dodge Scholarship honors the memory of Martha Dodge, the company’s sound engineer from 1998 until 2008. As music and Nutcracker were an important part of her life, the award provides funding for Nutcracker participation fees for talented dancers who demonstrate musicality and stage presence.
To learn more about scholarship programs please contact us.