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Three young Bermudians earn NDF scholarships

Three dance students have been awarded National Dance Foundation scholarships set up by actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Olivia Taylor, ten, Mikayla Wilson, 12, and Fredrika Hill, 17, will attend next year’s DanceBermuda summer intensive after impressing at a workshop production in front of a sold-out audience at the Jessie Vesey Centre of the Bermuda High School for Girls.

National Dance Foundation vice chairman Brian O’Hara presented the scholarships in the absence of Ms Zeta-Jones, who is currently filming a movie, ‘Rock of Ages’. In a press release, Mr O’Hara described Olivia as extraordinarily expressive. He said she was “an exceptionally hard-working student gifted with a natural, elegant port de bras and balletic style”.

He said of Mikayla: “Mikayla is gifted with long, beautiful lines and an innate sense of presentation in her class work.

“She is always ready to receive information and demonstrates that she absorbs all feedback given to her. Her work ethic makes her a joy to have in class.”

And he said of Fredrika: “It is clear that Fredrika embraces all forms of dance. She exhibits a strong work ethic and shows a clear understanding of the importance of each of the individual dance techniques and how they can serve and inform one another.

“Fredrika has a wonderful sense of well-focused concentration which is embodied in her positive attitude and effort in her class work. “Her 100 percent involvement in her work makes her a joy to teach and a great example for her classmates to look up to.”


Brian O?Hara, vice chairman of the National Dance Foundation, Richard Toda, director of the Young Dancer Program, Brian Reeder, director Dance Bermuda and Don Kramer chairman of the National Dance Foundation stand with Olivia Taylor, Fredrika Hill, and Mikayla Wilson the recipients of the 2011 Catherine Zeta Jones scholarship.

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Published August 22, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 22, 2011 at 10:17 am)

Three young Bermudians earn NDF scholarships

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