Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship Fund
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About Teresangela

Teresangela Schiano was a dedicated, talented dancer at Bristol Ballet. Born and raised in Bristol, VA , she spent most of her free time in the ballet studio. Teresangela was in the last class that was fortunate enough to have started with Miss Constance Hardinge and grown up to perform under her tutelage.

Having been personally chosen to dance the role of Clara when Teresangela was young, she also was able to dance the role when it became more an adult role with more dancing and partnering involved. She also shined as the Dew Drop in Waltz of the Flowers.

Though Teresangela was a mere 5’1’’, her presence on stage was larger than life. She took command of the stage and captivated audiences with her vibrant performances.

Teresangela’s untimely death on March 8, 2014 shocked and saddened an entire community of friends and family. These friends and family members 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. This award will be given annually to a dancer who has shown exceptional skill and composure, and who hopes to continue his/her pursuit of dance.

Memorial Scholarship Fund

Teresangela’s family and close friends discussed how they could best honor her memory, and came to the conclusion that setting up this fund to help other dancers was the way they wanted to do it. Her passion for ballet will live on through others who will benefit from this memorial fund.

The fund will be capitalized by donations from private individuals or corporations who wish to perpetuate the art of ballet through Teresangela’s memory. The scholarship is for dancers at the intermediate/advanced level of ballet who are also part of the performing company. The chosen dancer must be active in performing and show dedication and desire to progress and grow within the art.

Each summer Bristol Ballet's Board of Directors will hear recommendations from the Artistic Director about candidates for the award for the upcoming season. Votes will be cast and the winner announced prior to the start of the season. The season runs July 1-June 30.

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