SOURCE: Western Ballet Company & School

Western Ballet Company & School

July 13, 2010 08:00 ET

Western Ballet Announces the Nina Novak Ballet Scholarships for Young Children From Underprivileged Families

The First Audition Will Occur on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Western Ballet; Up to 50 Scholarships Will Be Awarded Within the Next Few Years

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  Western Ballet Company & School announces the Nina Novak Ballet Scholarships for young children with low socioeconomic backgrounds and personal characteristics extremely promising for ballet.

The scholarships are modeled upon national programs in Europe, Asia and Latin America, which have produced internationally renowned artists such as Jose Carreño of Cuba (a former principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre) and Gustavo Dudamel of Venezuela (the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic).

Alexi Zubiría, Artistic Director of Western Ballet, explained, "Great talent exists in all parts of society. We want children who have talent for ballet, but who cannot afford to study it, to have the opportunity that other children have."

The scholarships are dedicated to Nina Novak, a key mentor of Zubiría's, whose accomplished dancing career began in Venezuela and culminated with San Francisco Ballet (1986-1994).

Novak danced with the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo and founded a company and school in Caracas in 1964, after marrying a Venezuelan. Nearly two decades later, when Zubiría was 21, he trained for three months with Novak prior to the 1982 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, where he won a silver medal in the senior division. The award launched Zubiría's international career.

The first audition for the Nina Novak Ballet Scholarships will occur on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 1-3 PM at Western Ballet. We welcome girls between 6 and 10 years old and boys between 6 and 12 years old.

About Western Ballet Company & School.

Founded in 1976, Western Ballet makes the performing art of classical ballet accessible to the general public. As a non-profit institution, Western Ballet performs regularly in theaters and public venues such as schools, libraries and museums. Western Ballet has a youth program with 13 levels for children and pre-professional teenagers and an adult program with the largest selection of classes in the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay. On Friday, July 23, 2010 at 8 PM, Western Ballet Company debuts under Artistic Director Alexi Zubiría in "Danzón!" a performance of neoclassical ballets by Latin American choreographers and composers.

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