Hilary Knee, Jake Ramos, Margarita Soria © Cylla von Tiedemann

Walker Wood Foundation Bursary

The criteria upon which the Walker Wood Foundation bursaries are awarded include:
• must be a Canadian citizen
• must be in good standing with the School
• demonstrated leadership qualities
• high academic standing
• must be able to demonstrate financial need and that the receipt of this bursary will assist them in continuing their schooling

The Walker Wood bursary is a cash award of $4000 to be divided among up to four students. The two extremely deserving recipients of this year’s Walker Wood Award are – Jake Ramos and Margarita Soria.

Jake Ramos
In Jake’s application, his incredible passion for dance truly shone through his writing. He spoke from the heart. Jake is an excellent dancer who has made amazing progress in his three years at the School. He is a wonderful person with a strong moral centre. He has demonstrated commitment and dedication and shown a quiet leadership through his actions in the studio, as a staff member, and on the stage. He is a role model to other dancers through his steady determination, hard work, and perseverance. Jake has great potential for an exemplary career in dance.

Margarita Soria
Peggy’s application for the Walker Wood bursary revealed her clear thinking and investigative personality, and her articulate reflections made a very strong impression on the panel. Peggy demonstrated in her writing, as she does every day in the studio and onstage, her open-mindedness and her willingness to do anything and go anywhere. Her leadership skills are evident in her hard work, determination, and positive spirit. She has progressed incredibly over the past three years and is a truly phenomenal dancer. The panel concluded that Peggy has something “special” and has extraordinary potential for a career in dance.

Special Graduating Student Award – the Sharon Moore Solo Project

The School is delighted to announce that Hilary Knee and Jake Ramos have been chosen as this year’s participants in the Sharon Moore Solo Project.

The Sharon Moore Solo Project is an initiative to provide an opportunity to a current student or new graduate of the School to engage in a creative process with Sharon Moore. The dancer(s) will participate in a two to four week process, which may culminate in a new work. If a new dance emerges from the process, the dancer(s) will have rights to perform the work or to use the work for audition purposes.

The School will provide the rehearsal space for the project, which will take place during the July Summer School period. The initiative is a gift to the School from Sharon Moore, and is her contribution to the artistic development of the dancer(s).

These graduates receive a professional work which they can use as their calling card, and to give them a serious, performance-ready piece to help launch their career. Many of the past recipients have taken their pieces around the world, having a ready work to contribute to the professional dance community, wherever they find themselves. 7 Tales recently premiered in Kazan, Russia; Nutshell was presented in Halifax and Moncton; and Mr. Leftovers was presented at The Lewis Center for Performing Arts, Princeton, and premiered as a full-evening work in 2016 in Toronto.

The School extends congratulations to Hilary and Jake, many thanks to Sharon Moore for her generosity, and best wishes to all for a wonderful experience.

Curriculum Awards 2016

Attendance prize 1st year – Olivia ArcangeliSamantha Bauer, Sophia Bush Anderson, Adeline Faucher

Attendance prize 2nd year – Brianna Salmon and Kelsey Woods

Attendance prize 3rd year – Katherine Semchuk and Noelle Young

Anatomy Award – Brooke Lewis

Dance History Award – Sophia Bush Anderson

Pedagogy 3 Award – Practicum – Raya Facey

Pedagogy 3 Award – Course Work – Noelle Young

Creative Process 3 Award – Emily Spearing
Honourable Mentions: Jade Clancy, Mikaela Orford
Breakthrough Award: Sonja Boretski