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New Zealand School Of Dance Secures Grant

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From the New Zealand School of Dance

26October 2006

New Zealand School Of Dance Secures Grant From Jerome Robbins Foundation

The New Zealand School of Dance learned today that it has secured a further grant of US$10,000.00 from the Jerome Robbins Foundation in New York. Established in 1958 by the late Broadway and Hollywood choreographer and director, Jerome Robbins, the Foundation supports dance, theatre and their associated arts.

Confirmation of this generous grant makes possible a scholarship allowing two Brazilian dance students, Pedro Cassiano and Carlos da Silva, tocomplete their studies at the School.

Both recipients are exceptionally talented. Finalists at the 2005 Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition in New York, their potential was spotted by the School’s director, Garry Trinder, who was serving as one of the judges and invited them to complete their full-time dance studies here in New Zealand. After only one year at the School, 18-year-old Pedro has already received expressions of interest from professional dance companies.

A previous grant from the Foundation late last year supported Pedro and Carlos through their first year of study here. Today’s news gives them the opportunity to continue full-time at the School in 2007. As both students aspire to international careers they are pleased to be able to focus on refining their techniquein a final year of study.


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