Scholarships

Early Bird Award

For all Current CORPS de Ballet International Members

CRITERIA
CORPS de Ballet International’s Conference

CORPS de Ballet International offers two awards in the amount of $100 each.

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • CORPS de Ballet International membership must be current.

Member must submit the full conference registration fee to be considered for this award. Award winners will receive $100 directly from CORPS at the conference.

  • Current CORPS Members receiving the Conference Presentation Scholarship will not be eligible for the Early Bird Award.  CORPS Board of Directors and Executive Committee members are not eligible.

The Awards Committee selects awardees on a first-applied, first-paid basis.  Awards will be determined by the PayPal date or the postmark on the registration payment.  If more than two applications are received at the same time, the Awards Committee will draw names from eligible applicants.

Conference Presentation Scholarship

CORPS 2016 Conference Presentation Scholarship Application

Basil Thompson Memorial Scholarship

Basil Thompson

Basil Thompson

In memory of Basil Thompson, renowned teacher, director, dancer and friend, CORPS de Ballet International is offering a $500 scholarship for a university/college male dancer to support his training in classical ballet. This scholarship may be used for university/college tuition as part of a dance program or for a ballet-based summer workshop of the student’s choice. Payment will be made directly to the program of choice.

BASIL THOMPSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

 

 

 

 

Basil Thompson Memorial Award Recipients 2016:

Headshots taken at Ballet West.

Headshots taken at Ballet West.

Alex MacFarlan

Mr. MacFarlan began his training in 2003 at the School of Nashville Ballet under Adam Sage and Elaine Thomas. After graduating, Alex joined Ballet West’s second company in 2007, and after two years, was promoted to the main company. In his seven years with Ballet West, Alex’s highlights include performing “Romeo” in John Cranko’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, “Benno” in Adam Sklute’s ‘Swan Lake’, “Bluebird” in Adam Sklute’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, “Step-sister” in Sir Frederick Ashton’s ‘Cinderella’, “Sailor Three” in Jerome Robbins’ ‘Fancy Free’, “Man Three” in William Forsythe’s ‘In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated’. He has performed in Jiri Kylian’s

‘Overgrown Path’, ‘Petite Mort’, ‘Sinfonietta’, ‘Forgotten Land’, and Nicolo Fonte’s ‘Almost Tango’, ‘Bolero’, and ‘Rite of Spring’. Alex has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Auditorium Theater and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion of Millennium Park in Chicago, the Joyce Theater in NYC, the Royal Theater in Victoria, BC, and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, TX. In February of 2016, Alex received a promotion to the rank of soloist with Ballet West.

Mr. MacFarlan is currently enrolled as a BFA-ballet major in the University of Utah’s Dance Program, where he maintains a 4.000 GPA. Alexander wishes to thank CORPS de Ballet International for their incredible generosity toward students pursuing fine arts degrees.

Letter from Alex to the CORPS de Ballet International:

  It is an honor to receive the Basil Thompson Memorial Scholarship. I cannot express how much this financial help means to me. For my purposes, this award covers the cost of an entire class at the University of Utah. Because of this help, I am able to take an additional class this fall semester–increasing my speed toward graduation.
        The kindness and generosity of CORPS de Ballet International must be acknowledged. With this Memorial Scholarship, CORPS helps provide dance students with the tools necessary for the credential work environment of our society. Though I have earned a soloist position with Ballet West, a college degree will give me much more credibility and strength when it is time for me to transition out of my performance career. CORPS de Ballet International’s sponsorship helps students of dance attain a degree, thereby giving them an invaluable step forward in their careers and lives. I am very grateful to be one of these recipients.
        This is a wonderful foundation with a very special cause in the Basil Thompson Memorial Scholarship. Thank you for taking the time to consider my application, and thank you for your generous gift.

Sincerely,

Alex McFarlin

Sam Jimage2ones (photo with Madelyn Nelson)

Sam Jones started dancing at the age of 7 at Southold Dance Theater in his home town of South Bend, Indiana.  He was taught by Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik for 5 years starting in South Bend and then following them to the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago where he participated in Joffrey Ballet’s first Trainee Program on full scholarship. During the trainee program Sam worked alongside company members in ballets such as Lar Lubovich’s Othello, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, and James Kudelka’s Pretty Ballet. At the age of 19 Sam was offered a contract with Cincinnati Ballet, where he danced for 5 seasons. At Cincinnati Ballet Sam performed works by such choreographers as George Balanchine, Donald Byrd, Victoria Morgan, Devon Carney, Edwaard Liang, Val Caniparoli, Adam Hoagland,  Septime Webre, and Trey McIntyre. After his time at Cincinnati Ballet Sam began to attend the University of Cincinnati where he is studying dance in the College Conservatory of Music on full scholarship.

Sam plans on using the generous scholarship offered to further his dance education at the University of Cincinnati by helping to pay various campus and college fees not included in tuition.

After graduating in the spring of 2017 Sam plans to return to the professional dance world and dance full time with a professional Ballet company again.

“Sam Jones started dancing at the age of 7 at Southold Dance Theater in his home town of South Bend, Indiana. He was taught by Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik for 5 years starting in South Bend and then following them to the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago where he participated in Joffrey Ballet’s first Trainee Program on full scholarship. During the trainee program Sam worked alongside company members in ballets such as Lar Lubovich’s Othello, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, and James Kudelka’s Pretty Ballet. At the age of 19 Sam was offered a contract with Cincinnati Ballet, where he danced for 5 seasons. At Cincinnati Ballet Sam performed works by such choreographers as George Balanchine, Donald Byrd, Victoria Morgan, Devon Carney, Edwaard Liang, Val Caniparoli, Adam Hoagland, Septime Webre, and Trey McIntyre. After his time at Cincinnati Ballet Sam began to attend the University of Cincinnati where he is studying dance in the College Conservatory of Music on full scholarship. Sam plans on using the generous scholarship offered to further his dance education at the University of Cincinnati by helping to pay various campus and college fees not included in tuition. After graduating in the spring of 2017 Sam plans to return to the professional dance world and dance full time with a professional Ballet company again.”

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Brent Townend

Brent Townend started dancing at the age of 2, taking tap lessons from Judi Jurhs. He first began learning the art of ballet under his mother, Debbie Townend, and Liz Bevilacqua at Dussich Dance Studio in 2004, while also expanding his studies with modern, lyrical, pas de deux, hip hop, musical theatre, jazz, acrobatics, and ballroom.  Brent has attended Florida Dance Masters’ Thanksgiving Convention every year since 2004.  Through Florida Dance Masters, he is the first to win all four titles, winning Mr. Twinkling Star in 2006, Mr. Rising Star in 2008, Jr. Mr. Dance in 2012, and Mr. Dance in 2013. Through Florida Dance Masters, Brent had the opportunity to audition for the American Academy of Ballet Summer Program in Purchase, NY under Mignon Furman, whose faculty included Brian Loftus, Heather White, Craig Salstein, David Howard, etc. and he attended the program on full scholarship from 2009-2012. Brent also has traveled to New York every summer since 2009, taking classes at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center with teachers such as David Howard, Ray Hesselink, Joyce King, Alexander Tressor, Fabrice Herrault, Craig Salstein, Elena Kunikova, etc.  A great opportunity arose when Brent auditioned for the part of Michael in Billy Elliot in 2009 and was called back multiple times. In the summers of 2013 & 2014, Brent trained with Francois Perron at the French Academy of Ballet in New York, with guest faculty including Misty Copeland, Sebastian Marcovici, Irina Dvorovenko, Michael Ilyin, and Robert Steele. Brent has experience with The Nutcracker as well, performing as the Prince, Cavalier, and Snow King for Expressions Dance Company in 2012, as well as the Prince for Step N’ Time School of Dance in 2015.  Brent would like to thank all of his teachers, including his Mom, who has been a tremendous influence and source of support in his dance training.  Brent is currently attending University of South Florida for his BFA in Dance Performance and hopes to one day perform as a principle dancer for a professional dance company and eventually create his own choreographic works.