The HARID Conservatory has initiated an exciting and valuable program to support the training of female dancers. The Isabella Boylston Scholarship Program provides a number of qualified finalists the opportunity to attend HARID’s four-week Summer School on $2,500 scholarships. During the Summer School, the finalists compete for a grand prize: the Isabella Boylston Scholarship. The Scholarship, valued at $5,000, supports the winner’s continued studies at the school during the following academic year.
HARID director, Gordon Wright, stated, “We were pleased to name this scholarship initiative in honor of Isabella Boylston, one of the Conservatory’s most-distinguished alumni. Being named the winner of a scholarship bearing Isabella’s name is a tremendous honor and a feather in the cap for any young female dancer.”
Female dance students 13–16 years of age (currently in academic grades 8 – 11) are invited to apply to the Isabella Boylston Scholarship Program by attending a HARID Summer School audition in January or February (harid.edu/auditions), or by submitting an electronic application on or before February 15 each year. Electronic application requirements include a video presentation of class work and a personal statement. The finalists are selected by a jury comprised of HARID’s director and ballet faculty. The winner of the Isabella Boylston Scholarship is announced at the conclusion of Summer School.
Isabella Boylston, originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, began dancing at the age of three. In 2001, she was awarded top prize at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. She was then invited to enroll at The HARID Conservatory on a full scholarship. Three years later, in 2005, Ms. Boylston graduated from HARID and was immediately invited to join American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. She was made an apprentice with the Company a year later, and promoted to the corps de ballet not long thereafter. Ms. Boylston was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2011 and made a principal dancer of the Company just three years later. Ms. Boylston has danced many soloist and principal roles with American Ballet Theatre. In addition, she has been featured in new productions by leading choreographers including Alexei Ratmansky, Lauri Stalling, Demis Volpi, and Christopher Wheeldon. She is a past recipient of a Princess Grace Award and, in 2009, was nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse.
She received the Clive Barnes Award in 2011 and an Annenberg Fellowship in 2014.
Ms. Boylston has appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg and the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen.
The HARID Conservatory is an internationally recognized professional-training school for gifted young dancers. Students from across the United States and from other countries are selected for enrollment through a stringent audition process. Artistic talent is the primary admission criterion. All students receive full tuition scholarships for study during the academic year.
HARID students have won major awards at various national and international ballet competitions, and the school’s alumni have been employed by more than eighty professional dance companies across the United States and in Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia. Many have distinguished themselves as soloist and principal dancers in leading companies.
The HARID Conservatory is recognized as a high school by the State of Florida. Graduates receive a high-school diploma and, for those who qualify, a HARID Certificate of Completion.