BFA in Dance student wins Princess Grace Foundation scholarship

Before graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2010, Katie Scherman was Dominican's first recipient of a Prince Grace Foundation Dance Scholarship. She was a member of the inaugural class of the LINES Ballet BFA in Dance program at Dominican.

“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, after Katie received the award. “All of us at LINES and the BFA program are proud of her and honored by this award.”

An artist, teacher, choreographer, and movement researcher now based in Portland, Ore., Katie earned her MBA in Dance in 2015 from the University of Oregon where she spent three years as graduate teaching fellow. She danced with BodyVox during the 2016-17 season where she originated her dream role as "Juliet" in Romeo and Juliet.

Katie also returned to Dominican to hold guest residencies with the LINES Ballet BFA in Dance program.

“The last three years with the LINES Ballet BFA program have been incredibly rewarding and I feel so fortunate to have received this award,” Katie said in 2009. “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 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.

While at Dominican Katie appeared with the Zhukov Dance Theater at the Yerba Buena Performing Arts Center. A founding member, she danced with Zhukov in its 2008 world premiere season.

Upon graduation from Dominican, Katie became a member of Hubbard Street 2 in Chicago, where she performed all over the United States and Europe. In 2012, she won "Best Choreography" award at the Spotlight Competition in Chicago. She has served as choreographer and teacher in Alonzo King's LINES Ballet Summer Program.