“The Princess Grace Award is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards in dance. It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving artist than Katie Scherman,” said Alonzo King, dancer, choreographer and founder of the LINES Ballet in 1992. “All of us at LINES and the BFA program are proud of her and honored by this award.”
The Foundation, named after Princess Grace of Monaco, is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in dance, theater and film through grants. Over the past 25 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $7 million to nearly 500 dance, theater and film artists nationwide.
“The past three years with the LINES Ballet BFA program have been incredibly rewarding and I feel so fortunate to have received this award,” Scherman said. “I believe this award will have a huge affect on my life. Not only is it an honor to receive this award, it is a symbol of hope and a symbol of love of one’s art.”
The 23-year-old dancer from Irvine began her training in Anaheim. She attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita for two years then completed her prep education through University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School while she danced at the age of 15 on full scholarship for Houston Ballet II then with the Washington Ballet. She also has had additional studies at Ballet Pacifica in Orange County, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre in New York.
Scherman appeared with the Zhukov Dance Theater on Aug. 7-8 at the Yerba Buena Performing Arts Center. She danced with Zhukov last summer in its 2008 world premiere season.