South Bay Ballet Students Awarded Spectacular Summer Opportunities

Many of South Bay Ballet’s dancers have already packed their pointe shoes and stuffed their leotards and tights into a suitcase heading off to summer intensive programs at major dance companies all across the country.

Torrance, CA, July 29, 2010 --( As in years past, South Bay Ballet is well represented as its talented youth embark upon a summer full of learning and growing in their chosen art form.

Artistic Director Diane Lauridsen and Assistant Artistic Director Candice Davis are pleased to announce that 63 placements have been awarded to 21 South Bay Ballet students, many of whom were accepted into multiple programs this summer. Additionally, several senior and junior company members were honored with full or partial scholarship opportunities.

Company members receiving full and partial scholarship awards include:

Skylar Kolby Burson receiving full scholarship to Milwaukee Ballet, and acceptance to Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet.
Audrey Crabtree-Hannigan awarded partial scholarship to Milwaukee Ballet and acceptance to Houston Ballet.
Emily Farris receiving full scholarship to Kansas City Ballet.
Daisy Jacobson awarded partial scholarship to Houston Ballet, and acceptance to Boston Ballet, ABT Alabama, and Milwaukee Ballet.
Tracy Jones receiving full scholarship to St. Louis Ballet.
Tessia Lane receiving full scholarships to Sacramento Ballet – Trainee Position, Joffery Ballet Contemporary/Jazz, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, scholarships to Boston Conservatory and Oberlin College, and acceptance to Alvin Ailey, Boston Ballet, Fordham University/Ailey BFA, and Atlanta Ballet – Professional Division.
Mayu Odaka awarded full scholarship to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and acceptance to ABT New York.
Regina Park-Suh receiving full scholarship to Orlando Ballet and acceptance to Washington Ballet.
John-Paul Simoens awarded full scholarship to USA/International Ballet.
Sydney Smith receiving scholarship to University of Arizona BFA, and acceptance to UCSB BFA, Arizona State University BFA, San Diego State University BFA, and UC Irvine BFA.

Company members also recognized by professional organization include:

Tess Barnhill accepted to Houston Ballet and ABE-Irvine.
Gillian George accepted to ABT New York, Miami City Ballet, Haird Conservatory, Boston Ballet, Royal Ballet School of London, and Steps on Broadway.
Kathryn Gonzalez-Valle accepted to Houston Ballet.
Tess Goodrich accepted to RDA Choreography Conference.
Cami Jacobson accepted to Milwaukee Ballet, ABT Alabama, Houston Ballet, and Boston Ballet Kylette Jaramillo accepted to Milwaukee Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet.
Yumi Kanazawa accepted to ABE New York, Houston Ballet, Royal Ballet School of London, and Boston Ballet.
Paul C. Kirk accepted to Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet.
Helena Poindexter accepted to Boston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Houston Ballet.
Susana Russell accepted to Boston Ballet.
Tess Weinberg accepted to Butler University.

About South Bay Ballet:
South Bay Ballet, a non-profit organization, provides quality artistic performances to the community as well as outstanding training to young and pre-professional dancers. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Diane Lauridsen, and Assistant Artistic Director Candice Davis, the Company’s mission is to provide a nurturing environment for serious dance students to develop their skills while offering artistic excellence to the community. The Company is dedicated to providing performance opportunities that build character and confidence. The ultimate goal is to carry young dancers into their professional lives.

South Bay Ballet continues to present Southern California audiences with a professional level artistic experience. Each year South Bay Ballet offers an eclectic range of ballets, from classical to contemporary. In addition to The Nutcracker, the annual season includes both Bravo! A Classical & Contemporary Ballet Experience and Storybook Ballet, at the James R. Armstrong Theatre.

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Lisa Silagy, Marketing/Publicity