Dance Students Earn National Scholarships

For the third consecutive year, students from the Dominican University of California and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance program have been awarded highly competitive scholarships from the Dizzy Feet Foundation.

Rising senior Mary Catherine O'Sullivan and rising junior William Couture were awarded $10,000 toward tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“Both Mary Kate and Will are incredibly deserving recipients of Dizzy Feet scholarships,” said LINES BFA at Dominican Program Director Marina Hotchkiss. “They are extraordinary young talents, destined to make their mark in the professional world after graduation.”

The Dizzy Feet Foundation was established by Nigel Lythgoe, producer of television shows So You Think You Can Dance andDancing with the Stars, along with Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States.

The foundation awards scholarships for dance in higher education and conservatories. Only institutions that have been invited to submit candidates may do so. Previous recipients from the LINES BFA at Dominican are Jeffrey Van Sciver and Rachel Furst. Both Van Sciver and Furst, who graduated with the Class of 2013, performed at the Dizzy Feet Gala held July 2012 in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center.

Since 2006 the LINES BFA at Dominican has combined Dominican’s comprehensive liberal arts education with the technically rigorous and artistically expansive dance training of LINES Ballet.

The LINES BFA at Dominican offers a curriculum that combines intensive ballet training with modern dance, improvisation, and composition studies. It is one of only two such programs in the United States affiliated with a major ballet company and the only one led by an active, world-renowned master choreographer.

“I am so grateful to the Dizzy Feet organization for creating this very important scholarship fund,” said Hotchkiss. “Not only do these scholarships help talented students stay in school, the prestige associated with them speaks volumes and will shine on their future résumés.”

LINES BFA at Dominican continues to earn recognition and awards for outstanding achievements in dance. Earlier this year, BFA alum and current LINES company member, Michael Montgomery (Class of 2011), was named one Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch".

Dance Studio Life released a feature story on the LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University in their August 2012 publication.

In 2011, students were invited to attend the Tremplin Jeunes Ballets of the Monaco Dance Forum. Only a handful of American conservatories are invited to send students to this highly prestigious showcase, attended by international directors of contemporary and classical ballet companies.

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