Dance grants awarded under special circumstances

Special circumstances ask for special measures. This year eight students received dance grants of the Corry Hartong Foundation and the Kylián foundation in a different setting. Partly ‘live’, but mostly via a Zoom-meeting.

Usually this annual ceremony takes place right after the end of the academic year performances of students ‘Dance in Education’ and the grand finale of the ‘Talent on the move tour’ in Rotterdam by the Dance students. This time students of Dance in Education were in a studio at Codarts in Rotterdam. While the other Dance students, some of them abroad, gathered in a Zoom-meeting.

It was the first time the scholarships were awarded via a Zoom-meeting. ‘I would have loved being together with you on a stage!’ said Patrick Cramers, chairman of the Corrie Hartong Foundation. ‘It wasn’t easy to choose eight students from twenty-four applications. You all have a special personal story. We wish we could give a grant to you all, you all deserve it!’

Also Samuel Wuersten, member of the Kylián Foundation and director of the Holland Dance Festival, said this is a ‘very strange, but very joyous situation’. ‘The feedback I get from students and dance teachers, from around the world, is that if we come out of this corona-period, we will be stronger en enriched. I hope to see you soon somewhere on stage!’

Six students received a scholarship from the Corrie Hartong Foundation awarded by chairman Patrick Cramers.

From the Bachelor’s degree Dance Performer:

  • Pablo Dávila Iglesia (2nd year)
  • Anna Raiola (3rd year)
  • Dorėja Atkočiūnas (2nd year)
  • Graziana Veneziano (2nd year)

From the Bachelor of Dance in Education:

  • Lisanne Smits (3rd year)
  • Marilou Hemmerlin (3rd year)

Two students received a grant from the Kylián Foundation, awarded by Samuel Wuersten.

From the Bachelor’s degree Dance Performer:

  • Viola Grappiolo (2nd year)
  • Gabriele Rolle (3rd year)