The HARID Conservatory’s Isabella Boylston Scholarship recognizes a Summer-Intensive student who the faculty and director feel is exceptionally qualified for continued studies at HARID. The Scholarship supports the recipient’s enrollment during the subsequent school year.
HARID director, Gordon Wright, stated, “Isabella Boylston is 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 dancer. The financial award, in the amount of $3,000, is intended to assist the recipient with their room-and-board fee during the school year.”
Female dancers 13–16 years of age (currently in academic grades 8–11) are eligible to be considered for the Scholarship while attending HARID’s Summer Intensive. The winner of the Isabella Boylston Scholarship is announced at the conclusion of the four-week program.
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 attend tuition free during the school 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.