The Florida Ballet Welcomes Ugandan Students for Five Week Summer Intensive

Ballet dancer Elisheba Emaasit

In a bold move that could have international ramifications, The Florida Ballet has awarded full tuition, room and board scholarships to four members of the Kampala Dance Studio based on a video audition.

“We are really looking forward to working with the dancers this summer. The girls have worked hard this year to improve their dancing, and our instructors applaud their efforts. The Florida Ballet is committed to helping dancers all over the world improve, no matter the miles between us.” said Linda Reifsnyder Jenkins, Artistic Director.

The Kampala Dance Studio was started by Queen Sylvia Nagginda in 2004. The beloved Queen (or “Nnabagereka”) is a tireless advocate for her kingdom’s people. Even with a packed schedule, Her Royal Highness is hoping to visit the city of Jacksonville in July to attend Florida Ballet’s “Summer Scorchers” performance which will feature the students that have attended the organization’s summer intensive.

The mission of The Florida Ballet is to enrich and inspire the cultural landscape of the community through the education and art of classical ballet. Over its 39-year history, The Florida Ballet has grown into one of the most respected classical ballet training facilities in Northeast Florida.

 Ballet Dancer Savannah Carruthers
Ballet Dancer Savannah Carruthers

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