The HARID Conservatory has initiated an exciting and valuable program to support the training of male dancers. The Male Dancer Scholarship Program provides a number of qualified finalists the opportunity to attend HARID’s four-week Summer Intensive on tuition scholarships. During the Summer Intensive, the finalists compete for a grand prize: the Male Dancer 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 create this scholarship initiative to encourage young male dance students. The significant financial award will greatly assist the recipients with their academic-year room and board fees.”
Male dance students 13–16 years of age (currently in academic grades 8 – 11) are invited to apply to the Male Dancer Scholarship Program by attending a HARID Summer Intensive audition in January or February (www.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 Male Dancer Scholarship is announced at the conclusion of the Summer Intensive.
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.