Four students awarded second annual dance scholarship

Four dancers from the Five College consortium were awarded the 2014-15 Virginia J. Wagner Scholarships. This need-based award is given annually to students for their valuable contributions to Five College Dance Department’s (FCDD) programs and productions. This year’s recipients are Smith College first year Victoria Gonzalez, Amherst College first year Loren Horn, Hampshire College junior Miriam King and Mount Holyoke College junior Lila Reid. (See photos of the students here.)

“Victoria and Lauren are both very promising first years who have already made significant contributions to the FCDD,” says Jim Coleman, Chair of the Department. Gonzalez created and directed a successful ensemble work for the Bare Bones Concert, while Horn was a leading performer in Wonderland, the Five College Faculty Concert.

“Miriam has performed in FCDD faculty concerts annually for the last three years and she choreographed and performed for the Hampshire Winter Dance Concert 2014,” says Coleman. King studies dance and neuroscience at Hampshire College and she will spend the summer conducting independent research on people living with Parkinson's disease who are enrolled in dance classes as part of their treatment.

Coleman adds that, “Lila is an active, motivated participant in all facets of dance at Mount Holyoke, and she is the first student to pursue dance teacher licensure at MHC. Her passion for teaching and learning is evident through her course load encompassing a double major in dance and Latin and a minor in psychology in conjunction with teacher licensure.”

This scholarship, now in its second year, is made possible through an endowment administered by the University of Massachusetts Foundation, Inc. Faculty members from each of the five campuses nominated students and the FCDD Executive Committee advised the Department Chair on the final award selections.