"After Hurricane Sandy, we were displaced and dancing was my way to express what was difficult to say in words. This scholarship is helping my mom, a single mom of 4, continue to support my love of dance. Thank you."
--Work scholarship student
The Academy understands that not every family has the resources to send its children to dance school. Therefore, Covenant Ballet has established scholarships to benefit talented but underrepresented students.
JOANN OGAWA DANCE SCHOLARSHIP
Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn is proud to announce the launch of the JoAnn Ogawa Dance Scholarship. The scholarship has been established to honor the memory of dancer JoAnn “JoJo” Ogawa, who passed away on February 12, 2021 at age 74.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, JoJo began her ballet training with Reiko Oda and later with Josephine Flanders at the Punahou Dance School. After performing at the Honolulu Community Theatre, she was bitten hard by the show business bug. At 18, she left the islands for Los Angeles and soon began performing in supper clubs and on television shows—most notably, the Ed Sullivan and Dick Van Dyke shows. She eventually made her way to the Great White Way, where for ten years she danced in such Broadway shows as Coco, Pippin, The Pajama Game, and The King and I. In 1976, she enjoyed the honor of receiving the Gypsy Robe— a tradition that began in 1949 among Broadway chorus dancers who passed along a special robe to a dancer when a new show was about to open.
After retiring from performing, in 1982 JoJo returned to Broadway as the dance captain for Tommy Tune’s musical, Nine. It was during her tenure as dance captain that JoJo’s young cousin, Marla Hirokawa, came to stay with her while attending a summer dance intensive in New York City, thus paving the way for Marla to eventually open CBT.
After Nine closed, JoJo transitioned to work in the corporate sector and moved to San Clemente, California with her husband, Mike Durnin. During this time she also focused on her gifts as a fine artist, particularly in portrait paintings.
JoJo was a vibrant, talented, and beautiful woman and artist. The JoAnn Ogawa Dance Scholarship will be awarded to CBT students who display potential, passion, and express need. Her family looks forward to seeing her legacy live on through this scholarship and in the young lives it touches.
ROBERTA SOLOMON BALLET SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2007 in memory of the late Roberta Solomon, a principal dancer with and long time supporter of Covenant Ballet. This scholarship is awarded to female students, ages 8-12, who show potential in classical ballet.
The Cinderella Scholarship is awarded to students based on financial need, desire and potential.
Work Scholarships are awarded to young students age 13 and older who have displayed maturity and dedication to their dancing, and have shown financial need. These young students carry out a myriad of tasks at the Academy (such as assisting dance instructors, reception and cleaning work) in lieu of their student program tuition.
BOYS PROJECT SCHOLARSHIPS
The Boys Project is designed to promote male participation in dance. Through financial support, role modeling, and a gender specific curriculum, boys can enjoy the finest in American and European male-dance traditions. The program is available for male students ages, 8-18, through recommendations and audition.
This program is proudly supported by a grant from Investors Foundation.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.