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Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

Taylor Hardcastle wins Brandon Ballet scholarship


BRANDON – The Brandon Ballet, a pre-professional ballet company, has announced that 15-year-old Taylor Hardcastle is the winner of the 2014 Richard Munro Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The late Munro spent his life nurturing the art of ballet as a ballet master, artistic director and ballet academy founder in Kentucky and Texas before moving to Brandon. He spent the last six years of his life teaching, coaching, choreographing and performing for Brandon Ballet. The fnd honors his contributions to the organization.

The scholarship of up to $500 is intended to further the recipient’s classical ballet education. One scholarship winner between the ages of 13 and 18 is selected based on an audition that was held in January. Any classically trained dancer in the community is eligible. The recipient may use the scholarship to offset the cost of any summer ballet intensive program to which the recipient is accepted during the year in which the scholarship is awarded.

Hardcastle is a ninth-grader at Newsome High School and the Florida Virtual School. She has participated in the Brandon Ballet Summer Intensive Program, and has competed in prestigious ballet competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and American Dance Competition. She is a student of Brandon Ballet’s Pre-Professional Training Program, and is also a fourth-year company dancer. To date, Taylor has been accepted to both Brandon Ballet and Miami City Ballet’s Summer Intensive programs.