Rebecca Fleisher Scholarship
Congratulations to Alyssa Bennett, the 2021-2022 Rebecca Fleisher Scholarship recipient!
Alyssa has danced since she was 3 years old and is now starting her 3rd year in the Guild’s pre-professional dance program Ballet Dalton and her first as a Senior Apprentice Company member. This year, she will be dancing the roles of “Queen of the Sprites”, “Enchantress” and “Snow Demi-soloists” in the Guild’s upcoming 16th anniversary of Snow Queen; in the past, she has performed in the role of “Baker” and “Snow Corp de Ballet”. In addition to the time, she spends dancing, Alyssa is an 8th grader at Westside Middle School where she is a member of the National Junior Beta Club, maintains all A’s and B’s, and received the Citizenship Award, an honor received by only two students in each grade, from each team. The Citizenship Award goes to those who by their words and actions show that they possess the qualities and characteristics the school hopes to instill in all their students. (This is an honor that Alyssa received in 7th and 4th grade.)
When Alyssa is not at school or dance, she is dog sitting and works with her grandmother to help financially contribute to her dance lessons; showing a high level of determination, maturity, and responsibility. In the future, Alyssa hopes to go to a school for the arts and major in Interior Design and minor in Dance, or has played around with the idea of being a Physical Therapist in Sports Medicine. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her friends and her sweet pup Twix.
What is the Rebecca Fleisher Scholarship?
Established in 1985 by Morris Fleisher and Harold Shapiro, the Rebecca Fleisher Scholarship for Dance is awarded each year in perpetuity to one or more deserving students. Each year, the Creative Arts Guild selects dance students who have shown great promise but are challenged by the cost of tuition.
Scholarship awards are based on financial need; students wishing to receive a scholarship will submit an application for review and approval by the Dance Program Director, the Guild Executive Director, and the Board. Requests for applications may be made to the Dance Program Director, Jessie Fincher.
Rebecca Fleisher was such a gifted dancer that when she was only 11 years old she was asked to teach ballet to other young students at her dance school. Her gracefulness and passion for dance, from classical ballet to ballroom dancing, permeated her life. Rebecca lived in Dalton with her husband, Morris, for many years. Her family hopes that this scholarship will inspire the recipients to make dance a fundamental and meaningful part of their lives.
In 2014 the family established a similar scholarship endowment to assist students in the Visual Arts program. The endowment is named after Rebecca's husband Morris Fleisher and provides scholarships to aspiring young artists who show great promise but who are challenged by the cost of tuition.