SCHOLARSHIPS

Laguna Dance Festival 2018 Young Artist Scholarship

The Laguna Dance Festival will award five (5) $1,000 scholarships to Southern California Dancers in pursuit of a professional dance career, or who plan to study dance in higher education.  Funds may be used towards studio tuition, summer intensive costs, private coaching, or choreography commissions for competition solos.  Candidates will be evaluated on their career potential, technical skill, performance ability, and talent.  Financial need will also be taken into consideration.

Scholarships will be awarded during the 2018 Laguna Dance Festival gala performance on Saturday, October 6 at The Laguna Playhouse. Recipients will also have the honor of performing at Laguna Dance Festival’s annual Gala event in May of 2019.

Dancers ages 15-19 are invited to apply. The application deadline is September 10, 2018.

Past Young Artist Scholarship Recipients

Alexandra Carey

Alexandra Carey

2017 Young Artist Scholarship Recipient

Alexandra began dancing when she was six years old and quickly fell in love with ballet.  She trains with Laguna Dance Theatre under the direction of Shery Gilbert.  Principal roles include Paquita, Sugar Plum Fairy, Odette/Odile, and Aurora.  She has attended master classes with Laguna Dance Festival, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, and Wiener Staatsballet.   She was accepted into the San Francisco Ballet School, where she trains with the advanced levels and has performed with the main company in The Nutcracker. Her goal is to have a professional contract with San Francisco Ballet. 

Marcus Sarjeant

Marcus Sarjeant

2017 Young Artist Scholarship Recipient

Marcus graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts in the Commercial Dance Conservatory. His training includes Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy and Westside Dance Project with Jessie Riley.  He was a Grand Prize Finalist in the non-classical dance category of The Music Center’s 2018 Spotlight Awards and was also named 2017 Orange County Register Top 10 Artists of the Year.  He is  a company member of BalletRED, created by Josie Walsh and was recently featured on NBC’s hit dance competition series World of Dance.  Marcus will attend the prestigious Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase this fall.
Emily Eckert

Emily Eckert

2017 Young Artist Scholarship Recipient

Emily Eckert trains in ballet, contemporary, and commercial dance at pre-professional levels. She attends Southland Ballet Academy under the direction of Salwa Rizkalla and  instruction of Hanna Przyludzka-Karacica and Natalie Matsuura. Emily has worked with and performed contemporary choreography by Sabrina Phillip, Asuka Kondoh, Megan Guise, Andrea Schermoly, and Renee Kester. Summer intensives include Joffrey San Francisco on scholarship, with Artistic Director Josie Walsh, and Entity Contemporary Dance’s Winter Intensive, co-directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato.  Emily has appeared in two of Orange County Ballet Theater’s Momentum productions, dancing pieces by Viktor Kabaniaev.  In 2018 Emily was a semifinalist in the non-classical dance category of The Music Center’s 2018 Spotlight Awards.  Emily has attended the Youth American Grand Prix for two years and twice placed in the top 12 for non-classical dance.

Chloe Enriquez

Chloe Enriquez

2016 Young Artist Scholarship Recipient

Chloe Enriquez is a unique dancer who mixes her strong dance background in contemporary, hip hop, and modern into a blend that is distinctly her own.  She is a graduate of the Orange County School of the Arts in the Commercial Dance Conservatory and  completed her pre-professional training with Westside Dance Project under the direction of Jessie Riley.  Chloe’s dance training includes summer intensives with the American Ballet Theater, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Bodytraffic, Axis Connect with the Barton sisters, Hubbard Street, Chicago, Victor Quijada of Rubberband Dance, Peter Chu of ChuThis, and Entity Dance Company.  Chloe will attend the prestigious Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase this fall.

Jocelyn Magana

Jocelyn Magana

2017 Young Artist Scholarship Recipient

Jocelyn trained at The Wooden Floor, formerly Saint Joseph’s Ballet, under the instruction of Rebeca Ramos, Jenn Bonfil, Yvette Hunt, and Melanie Rios Glaser and trained in ballet, modern, and improvisation. She worked with choreographers including John Heginbotham and Laurel Jenkins. Jocelyn attended the Orange County School of the Arts in the International Dance Conservatory. Her training also includes Backhausdance summer intensives, where she learned company repertory and trained with Dale Merrill, Ido Tadmor, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, and Omar Olivas. Jocelyn attends California State University, Long Beach as a Dance Major, where she is working towards earning her BFA.

Aviva Gelfer-Mundl

Aviva Gelfer-Mundl

2016 Young Artist Scholarship Recipient

Aviva is coached by Alla Khaniashvili and Nazgul Ryskulova-Shinn, and trains at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and V&T Classical Ballet Academy. In 2018 Aviva was one of eight dancers from around the world, and the only American winner, of the Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland,  and was awarded first place among senior women in the classical category during the Youth America Grand Prix 2018 Paris Semi-Final.  She was also a Grand Prize Finalist in the ballet category for The Music Center’s 2018 Spotlight Awards.  Scholarships and acceptances include: The Royal Ballet School, Paris Opera Ballet School, John Cranko Ballet School, and American Ballet Theater Studio Company. Aviva will attend Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the fall.

Past Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Recipients

Hillary Estreicher

Hillary Estreicher

2018 LBHS Scholarship Recipient (pictured with LDF Board Member Robbie Prepas)

Hillary will attend the prestigious Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase this fall.
Jordan Burton

Jordan Burton

2017 LBHS Scholarship Recipient (pictured with LDF Executive Director Joy Dittberner)

Jordan has been dancing since she was 6 years old and is praised by her teachers as a dedicated, talented dancer with strong leadership skills. She hopes to pursue a career in teaching.
Rebekah Hanson

Rebekah Hanson

2016 LBHS Scholarship Recipient