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Ballet Scholarship Available for Low-Income Dancers

The Maple Conservatory of Dance is offering a scholarship to dancers interested in classical ballet training. The deadline to apply is Feb. 22.

Dancers interested in learning the art of dance, but do not have the money to do so, are encouraged to apply for a scholarship at the Maple Conservatory of Dance.

The Charles A. Maple, Sr. Scholarship is being offered to young dancers who demonstrate the financial need, as well as drive and commitment for classical ballet training. According to a conservatory news release, scholars will receive full or partial tuition, as well as uniforms and shoes. The Maple Conservatory offers classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations and men's technique and variations, as well as in modern, jazz, character, choreography, improvisation, acting and music.

"We are looking for dancers with a natural gift for movement, musicality and the anatomical structure suited to classical dance," said Charles Maple, artistic director and co-founder of the Conservatory. "We are committed to nurturing young talent so that no matter what field of interest they pursue, they have the discipline and confidence to take on life's challenges."

The Irvine-based dance conservatory is accepting male and female applicants ages 7-17 through Feb. 22. Auditions will be scheduled on Saturday, March 2 at 1824 Kaiser Avenue in Irvine, CA. No previous training is necessary for dancers under the age of 12. Older dancers will be expected to have received training.

Alumni from the Maple Conservatory of Dance have successfully auditioned for the most selective dance programs around the world. Bryn Watkins, a recent alumnus and former Orange County resident, is now an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre. 

Maple Scholars will be announced by March 31 and may begin training any time after April 15, 2013. For more information about the Maple Conservatory of Dance, visit mapleconservatory.com.  

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