BRANDON, FL: Brandon Ballet, a pre-professional ballet company, located in Brandon, Florida, would like to congratulate Kailey Montez age 15, for winning the 2018 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. H e spent 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 January. 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.
Kailey Montez is currently a 9th grader at Lennard High School and participating in the collegiate program. Kailey has participated in summer intensive programs such as Brandon Ballet (Brandon, FL), Ballet West (Salt Lake City, UT), Joffery Ballet (New York City, NY), and Modas Dance (Albuquerque, NM). She aspires to be a professional ballet dancer prior to attending college to pursue a degree in physical therapy. Kailey has competed in prestigious ballet competitions including Youth America Grand Prix and American Dance Competition/International Ballet Competition. She is a sixth year Company Dancer of Brandon Ballet.
Brandon Ballet History and Mission
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 three major performances each year, the Brandon Ballet helps serious dancers broaden their dance experiences.
From its humble beginnings, the company has grown to include 30 dancers of varying levels. Professional dancers, pre-professional, and training dancers call the Brandon Ballet home. The Brandon Ballet provides Brandon and the surrounding communities with an education in the art of dance. The 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. The Brandon Ballet has and will continue to foster growth and education by bringing guest teachers and choreographers to the community.
### Attached: Photo (L to R) Board of Directors President, Lyndsey Ladewig, Richard Munro Memorial Scholarship Fund Recipient, Kailey Montez, and Brandon Ballet Artistic Director, Doricha Sales.