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Dancing for joy after arts scholarships announced

Recipients of the National Dance Foundation Awards (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A young Bermudian who was head boy at the world-famous Royal Ballet School in London has won a $15,000 scholarship.

Ravi Cannonier-Watson was given the award through the scholarship named after Hollywood superstar and former Bermuda resident Catherine Zeta-Jones – the third time he has won.

Ravi, who has been accepted into the institution’s upper school, said he wanted to study classical ballet and dance performance in the future and join the Royal Ballet.

He also choreographed a dance routine for the Kenneth McMillan Choreography Project, named after a former Royal Ballet artistic director and principal choreographer.

Ravi took a share of $40,500 handed out by the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda.

There were another eight young dancers who were given grants to help their studies.

Zoe O’Connor won $7,500 through the BF&M Scholarship, also for the third time in a row.

Ms O’Connor is in her final year at Sheridan College in Ontario and studying musical theatre.

Her mother, Juliette, accepted the award on behalf of her daughter, who is at present in Canada.

Jasiri Minors also won a $7,500 scholarship from the Christian Humann Foundation in memory of the late dancer Georgine Mary Russell Hill.

Mr Minors is enrolled at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and studied on a virtual basis last year.

He also studied American sign language and was selected for a part in a documentary about Pearl Primus, a choreographer who pioneered Caribbean and modern styles of dance in America.

Mr Minors will return to in-person studies next month.

Arielle Lee Ming won a $7,500 scholarship in memory of Ana Roje, a founding member of the Bermuda Ballet Association.

Ms Ming trained with United Dance Productions before she moved to California aged 13 to study at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

She was a finalist with Youth America Grand Prix last year and is now studying at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London.

T’aja Williams and Vidya Cannonier-Watson shared a $5,000 bursary from the Chubb Foundation.

Ms Williams, who was enrolled in online classes, kept up with her daily lessons by converting a loft in her home into a dance studio.

Vidya, also in online classes, got up at 4am Bermuda time to take part in classes at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts near London.

Ava Joy Moreno, Rhianna Evelyn and Jaela Bean-Lindo each won a $1,000 bursary from the Argo Foundation.

Brian O’Hara, the chairman of the foundation, and Crystal Caesar, a long-time member of the foundation’s scholarship committee and a Progressive Labour Party MP, presented the awards at the Hamilton Princess Hotel on Monday.

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Published August 23, 2021 at 7:48 am (Updated August 23, 2021 at 7:42 am)

Dancing for joy after arts scholarships announced

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