Rebecca Fleisher Scholorship
Meet Taylor Stallings, 2016/17 scholarship recipient!
Taylor Stallings, a Ballet Dalton Senior Company member has been dancing with the Creative Arts Guild for seven years; five of those have been as a member of Ballet Dalton, the Guild's pre-professional dance company. She is in the 10th grade at Northwest High School. Taylor was chosen to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix in Atlanta, Georgia for the second year this year, dancing the "Arora" veriation from the ballet Sleeping Beauty. Taylor danced the role of Gerta in 2016's production of The Snow Queen performing for the first time with a live chamber orchestra. In addition to dancing, Taylor plays the flute in her school's band and loves to draw. She would like to be a dance teacher and choreographer when she grows up. She loves to dance and perform! All of us at the Guild are very proud of her!
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 Bonanno.
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.