Basil Thompson Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Basil Thompson, renowned teacher, director, dancer and friend, CORPS de Ballet International is offering a $1000 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. Scholarship award funds will be sent directly to the program of choice.

Louis Johnson Memorial Award

In memory of Louis Johnson—renowned dancer, choreographer, and educator—CORPS de Ballet International is offering a $1000 scholarship to support African-American and Black dancers in their studies of ballet in university and/or dance conservatory settings. 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. Scholarship award funds will be sent directly to the program of choice.

2022 Basil Thompson Memorial Scholarship Awardee

Miles Ashe

Juilliard

Miles Ashe is a proud native of East St. Louis, IL. He began taking dance classes at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) at the age of 10. Dance quickly became Miles’ passion. After a year of taking classes, Miles was invited to join COCA’s pre-professional modern and ballet dance companies. He has had the opportunity to study dance at several summer intensive programs, including with The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Juilliard School, The School of American Ballet and The American Ballet Theatre. In addition to performing with COCA’s dance companies, Miles has also performed with The St. Louis Ballet and The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In the Fall of 2022, Miles will begin his sophomore year at Juilliard as one of 24 dancers that were accepted into the class of 2025.

2022 Louis Johnson Memorial Scholarship Awardee

SenSaSheri Maasera

Dominican University

SenSaSheri Maasera is from Saint Louis, Missouri. SenSaSheri attended Center of Creative Arts (COCA), where I trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and more. As of the end of the 2021-22 academic year, SenSaSheri is a second year student in the Alonzo King LINES Contemporary Ballet BFA program at Dominican University. SenSaSheri benefits immensely from the rigorous training and philosophy that the Alonzo LINES program provides and plans to use this to become a professional dancer in a contemporary ballet or modern company upon graduating.  SenSaSheri is also passionate about becoming an advocate for dancers’ physical and mental health and is interested in a career that engages this passion as well.

The CORPS de Ballet International is a professional organization dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education.