Bristol Ballet Announces 2016-17 Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship Winner

August 01, 2016

Bristol Ballet is proud to announce that Senior Company member Kallie Huffman, 16, is the second recipient of the Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship.

Kallie Huffman, who has danced with Bristol Ballet since the age of four, is a rising high school junior at Virginia High School. Beth Barnette, Junior/ Senior Company Instructor, stated “Kallie is such a powerhouse and has a natural performance quality that draws your eye to her on stage.” A few of Kallie’s favorite performances are Thieves in the original production Jewels, Marzipan in The Nutcracker, and, from Cirque de Ballet, Let Me Fall and Saltimbanco. Outside the Bristol Ballet studios, Kallie is involved with the Bearcat Choir, The Interact Club, The Future Business Leaders of America, and Skills USA.

Upon receiving the competitive scholarship, Kallie said, "I am extremely thankful to receive this special scholarship. My entire ballet career has been with Bristol Ballet, so receiving this scholarship is such a great honor. I hope to make Teresangela Schiano's family proud."

The Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to dancers at the intermediate/advanced level of ballet who are also part of Bristol Ballet’s performing company. The chosen dancer must be active in performing and exhibit skill and dedication to excellence. He or she must possess a desire to progress and grow within the art form; aspirations to dance professionally are not a requirement. This is the second year the scholarship has been awarded since it was established. The scholarship will provide for all fees for the 2016/2017 season. This includes tuition, registration, production fees, summer intensive, and an allowance for shoes and dancewear. The fund is capitalized by donations from private individuals or corporations who wish to perpetuate the art of ballet through Teresangela’s memory.

Teresangela Schiano’s untimely death at age 33 on March 8, 2014 shocked and saddened an entire community of friends and family. It was their wish to keep her memory alive and perpetuate the vibrancy that she had on stage, as well as her love for ballet, by establishing the Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship Fund at Bristol Ballet.

Learn more about the Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship Fund, or the “Barre None” Ruth Jerauld “Jerry” Goodpasture Tuition Assistance Fund.