David Hallberg, who has reached the pinnacle of the classical ballet world with dual careers at both American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet, has founded a scholarship to help other young male dancers along that sometimes rough road.
Scholarships for tuition and supplies will be awarded to one or more boys ages 13 and up who demonstrate a passion for ballet and meet audition requirements.
According to a Ballet Arizona release, the intention of the David Hallberg Scholarship for Boys is to help nurture and facilitate training at the School of Ballet Arizona. “It is never an easy feat to have the courage or the means to find your calling in ballet as a young boy, but this scholarship will help facilitate that journey through financial support and guidance,” Hallberg said.
“My personal journey to finding ballet was riddled with hardships, but once ballet found a place in my life as a kid, I couldn’t let go of its exhilarating pulse. I have made it my career to date and to pass on the inspiration I felt when I was first discovering ballet is a completely invaluable experience.”
Hallberg is an alumnus of the School of Ballet Arizona and the Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix. He will serve as a member of the scholarship selection committee, with Ballet Arizona artistic director Ib Andersen and school director Carlos Varcárcel, and will oversee master classes for young dancers at Ballet Arizona’s new studios.
Interested young male dancers can apply beginning June 1 for the 2013-14 school year. Applications and audition times will be available after June 1 by calling the School of Ballet Arizona at 602.381.0188. For more information, visit http://balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ballet-Arizona-Annouces-David-Hallberg-Scholarship.pdf.