Dancers receive scholarships

Posted June 14, 2011, at 6:39 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Thomas School of Dance has announced five $200 scholarships for advanced-level dance students from Greater Bangor who will attend prestigious, audition-based summer dance programs outside of Bangor.

All five students have studied a variety of dance styles at Thomas School of Dance in addition to extensive classical ballet training with Ivy Forrest, former Joffrey Ballet principal dancer and artistic director of Bangor Ballet and director of the Ballet Department at Thomas School of Dance.

Sarah Bishop of Orono and Rachel Caron of Eddington will attend the Rockette Summer Intensive in New York City. Both were accepted to the program last year although Bishop had to defer to this summer because of injury. Caron attended last year and will return this summer as an assistant.

Tommy McCarthy of Bangor will attend the Joffrey Ballet Summer Program in New York City and the Walnut Hill Summer Intensive in Massachusetts. He was awarded scholarships for both programs. He also was chosen as one of two national winners for a yearlong scholarship to Walnut Hill, which he declined in order to stay in Bangor for his senior year in order to continue to receive strong academic and dance training here in Bangor.

Erin Norris of Glenburn will return for a second year to “Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell,” a program led by former Balanchine dancer Suzanne Farrell that accepts only 25 dancers. She also will attend the Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive.

August Eaton of Hermon was given a partial scholarship to return for a second year to the summer program at the School of American Ballet, home of the New York City Ballet founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, where Ivy Forrest trained and began her professional career.

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