BRANDON – March 5, 2016 – Brandon Ballet, a pre-professional ballet company, located in Brandon, Florida, would like to congratulate Alexis Griner, age 15, for winning the 2016 Richard Munro Memorial Scholarship Fund!
The late Richard Munro spent his life nurturing the art of ballet as a Ballet Master, an Artistic Director and a ballet academy founder in Kentucky and Texas before moving to Brandon, where he spend the last six years of his life teaching, coaching, choreographing and performing for Brandon Ballet. Because of his tremendous contributions to Brandon Ballet, the Richard Munro Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor his memory.
The Richard Munro Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship of up to $500.00, is intended to further the recipient’s classical ballet education. One scholarship winner between the ages of 13 and 18 is selected based on an audition which was held in February. Any dancer in the community classically trained in ballet and meeting the age requirements is eligible to audition. The recipient may use the scholarship to offset the cost of any summer ballet intensive program to which the recipient is accepted during the year in which the scholarship is awarded.
Alexis Griner is dancing as a Pre-Professional in the day program this season. She is 15 years old and in the 9th grade. Alexis is homeschooled and spends her spare time volunteering for local animal causes. She has been training in dance for 3 years and enjoys ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and contemporary. Alexis has participated for the last two years in summer intensive programs at Brandon Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. She currently competes in prestigious ballet competitions such as Universal Ballet Competition and American Dance Competition. Alexis has been a member of Brandon Ballet for 2 years and would enjoy being a professional dancer in a ballet company in New York City.
The History and Mission of the Brandon Ballet
Founded in 1993, Brandon Ballet is a non-profit pre-professional ballet company that develops and promotes opportunities for aspiring young dancers. By offering a superior training program and full length and mixed repertory performances each year, Brandon Ballet helps serious dancers broaden their dance experiences.
From its humble beginnings, the company has grown to include dancers of varying levels. Professional dancers and training dancers call Brandon Ballet home. Brandon Ballet provides Brandon and surrounding communities with an education in the art of dance. Brandon Ballet serves the community through performances held at public facilities. All company dancers receive the highest caliber of professional training on a weekly basis and are provided the opportunity to learn standard classical repertoire. Brandon Ballet has and will continue to foster growth and education by bringing guest teachers and choreographers to the community.