Bristol Ballet announces 2017-18 Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship Recipient

July 05, 2017

Bristol Ballet is proud to announce that Junior Company member Noah Cook, 13, is the recipient of the Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship for 2017/2018 Season.

Noah, a rising 8th grader at Liberty Bell Middle School, did not start out pursuing ballet for fun; his passion and dedication for dance all started with a bribe. When Noah was just 9 years old his mother promised him a toy if he would perform in a production of “The Nutcracker” with his sister. His sister decided dance was not for her, but Noah was hooked. “Noah is an enthusiastic student, whose passion for dance is evident in his class work and his attitude in the studio, and on stage.” said Artistic Director, Michele Plescia. “He has grown leaps and bounds in his technique since joining Bristol Ballet a year ago, and his enthusiasm has spread among the company members.”

Of learning he was the winner of the Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship, Noah said, “I am extremely honored to have been chosen for the scholarship. The Bristol Ballet is an amazing studio that has helped me learn and improve in every possible way.”

The Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to dancers at the intermediate/advanced level of ballet who are also part of Bristol Ballet’s performing company. The chosen dancer must be active in performing and exhibit skill and dedication to excellence. He or she must possess a desire to progress and grow within the art form; aspirations to dance professionally are not a requirement. This is the third year the scholarship has been awarded since it was established. The scholarship will provide for all fees for the 2017/2018 season. This includes tuition, registration, production fees, summer intensive, and an allowance for shoes and dancewear. The fund is capitalized by donations from private individuals or corporations who wish to perpetuate the art of ballet through Teresangela’s memory.

Teresangela Schiano’s untimely death in 2014 shocked and saddened an entire community of friends and family. It was their wish to keep her memory alive and perpetuate the vibrancy that she had on stage, as well as her love for ballet, by establishing the Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship Fund at Bristol Ballet. Contributions to the scholarship fund are accepted at www.bristolballet.org or fundrazr.com/campaigns/3t1T0.