Lawrence Ballet Theatre, the Lawrence Arts Center’s preprofessional dance company, has been a member of Regional Dance America and attended annual regional and national conferences since 2010.
Founded in 1988, Regional Dance America (RDA) promotes the artistic development of dance companies throughout the United States. Annual festivals within each region raise public awareness, knowledge, and accessibility of regional dance throughout American communities. Each festival season, highly esteemed adjudicators tour the regions to select works by member companies and arrange festival programs. The season culminates at the festivals, where participants attend master classes, seminars, and college roundtables during the day, and perform each evening. Member company dancers are seen by college and professional training program recruiters and have the opportunity to audition for awards and scholarships.
In addition to conference workshops and performances, RDA offers scholarships and college recruiting. A cornerstone of their mission, this part of RDA gives young talented dancers opportunities beyond their regional borders. They welcome all professional training programs, company, college, and university recruiters to participate. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the process moved online.
We are so proud to announce the following Lawrence Ballet Theatre company members were awarded scholarships this year!
Scholarships Awarded through the Regional Dance America/MidStates Scholarship Program:
Catharine Richards – full tuition scholarship to NYC Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive
Linnaea Radley – full tuition scholarship Colorado Conservatory of Dance
Cassidy Dunn- partial tuition scholarship to Oklahoma International Dance Festival and Brenau University Summer Dance Intensive
Gracia Greenhoot – partial tuition to New York Dance Project and Oklahoma International Dance Festival
Allison McNellis – partial tuition to Oklahoma International Dance Festival and Accepted to Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive
Henry Farthing – partial scholarship to National Choreography Intensive
Suzanna Kennedy – partial scholarship to National Choreography Intensive
Celeste Stinson – partial scholarship to National Choreography Intensive and Accepted to Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive
Accepted to other summer intensives through individual auditions:
Gracia Greenhoot – Charlotte Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet
Celeste Stinson – America Ballet Theatre and Oklahoma City Ballet and on a waitlist to Kansas City Ballet
Rhubarb Brubacher – waitlist for Kansas City Ballet
Henry Farthing received scholarship from the Legacy Foundation for the Arts that he will use to attend the CityDance Choreographer-in-Residence Intensive this summer in Washington, DC