The HARID Conservatory has initiated an exciting and valuable program to support the training of male dancers. The Marcelo Gomes 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 Marcelo Gomes 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 Marcelo Gomes, one of the Conservatory’s most-distinguished alumni. Being named the winner of a scholarship bearing Marcelo’s name is a tremendous honor and a feather in the cap for any young male dancer.”
Male dance students 13–16 years of age (currently in academic grades 8 – 11) are invited to apply to the Marcelo Gomes Scholarship Program by attending a HARID Summer School 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 Marcelo Gomes Scholarship is announced at the conclusion of Summer School.
Marcelo Gomes left his native Brazil at age fourteen to enroll at The HARID Conservatory. While a student at the school, he competed at the Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition. There, he was awarded the Hope Prize in recognition of his significant potential. After graduating from HARID, Marcelo spent an additional year studying at the Paris Opera Ballet School and was then asked to join American Ballet Theatre. He was soon promoted to soloist and, just two years later, he was made a principal dancer of the Company.
Gomes was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2001. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Benois de la Danse following a performance of Lar Lubovitch’s Othello in Moscow. Marcelo has performed at numerous international dance festivals and as a guest artist with many companies, including the Kirov Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and the New York City Ballet.
Marcelo has recently begun a successful career as a choreographer while maintaining his schedule as one of classical ballet’s most sought-after male dancers.
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.