2016-17 FAI applicants have been notified of decisions and awardees will be announced in August 2016.
In addition to scholarships awarded through the school nomination process, FAI supports two named scholarships and provided travel scholarships for participants for the International Association of Blacks in Dance 1st Annual Ballet Audition in Denver in January 2016.
ADI Scholarship for The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company
Nardia Boodoo from Baltimore, Maryland attended the Baltimore School for The Arts from 2004-09, the North Carolina School for The Arts 2009-10, and was a Professional Training Program (PTP) program dancer at Dance Theatre of Harlem 2010-11 on full scholarship. She has danced at Jacob’s Pillow in 2011 alongside a select group chosen to work with Stanton Welch on performing an original piece. Boodoo was a trainee at Joffrey Ballet in Chicago under the direction of Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, where she performed in company pieces such as Don Quixote, Infra, The Nutcracker and was the lead in Choreographers of Color winner Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris as well as various works by Alexei Kremnev. With The Washington Ballet, Boodoo has performed in many full-length ballets such as Giselle, Peter Pan and The Nutcracker, as well as Aaron Jackson’s Abstract Pieces.
Darion Flores was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He began his training in both ballet and tap at the early age of 4. Flores studied classical ballet at the Hartt School under the direction of Miguel Campaneria before relocating to attend The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. Upon graduating, Darion joined the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York, NY in order to further his classical ballet training . Flores has been fortunate enough to study with teachers such as Susan Jaffe, Misha Tchoupakov, Anne-Marie Holmes and many more. Darion has also received full scholarships to Dance Theatre of Harlem, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Boston Ballet summer intensives. He recently took part in the show So You Think You Can Dance as a season 12 top 20 finalist. Flores now looks forward to joining The Washington Ballet as a studio company member for the 2015-16 season.
ADI Michael L. and Pamela Bjerknes Scholarship for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theater
Born in Naples, Italy, in April 17th 1997, Luigi Crispino began his ballet training at the early age of 8. In 2005, he joined the Ballet school of San Carlo’s Theater where he graduated in June 2015 under the direction of Anna Razzi. While at the Ballet School of San Carlo’s Theater, he performed leading roles such as Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Prince Charming in Snow White, and choreography by Anna Razzi, and Capitan Uk in Peter Pan. He has also danced in Napoli Pas De Six, Sleeping Beauty, Suite Baroque (Choreography by Dino Verga), E=Merce Cunningham (Choreography by Dino Verga), Hymns of Europe, Pinocchio (Choreography by Anna Razzi), the Prince Igor and Orpheus and Eurydice (choreography by Karole Armitage). In 2014 he participated in the Prix Rome Jia Ruskaja by Italy’s Foundation of the National Academy of Dance. From 2012 to 2015 he danced in the Gala of the Ballet of San Carlo’s Theater. In 2015 he danced the role of Prince Charming in Snow White in the Festival Renato Fiumicelli 34th Edition. Luigi had the opportunity to work with the ballet company of the San Carlo’s Theater during the November 2014 season for Nutcracker (Choreography by Alessandra Panzavolta) and in April 2015 for Giselle (Choreography by Ludmila Semenyaka). In August 2015 he won the prize for promising young talent in the Premio Danza Capri International. In the summer of 2015 he was awarded a scholarship to attend American Ballet Theater’s summer intensive. He now attends the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theater with a full scholarship.