Bridges Project

The Sacramento Ballet is excited to announce the first recipients of our new Bridges program scholarships. Ballet students Nadja Montoya and Leya Wu will receive a full yearʻs tuition to the School of the Sacramento Ballet for academic year 2016-17. They will also attend the Schoolʻs Summer Intensive program this June as a part of the scholarship.

The Bridges program is designed to help bridge the gap between education outreach programs and continued instruction at the School of the Sacramento Ballet. Students Montoya and Wu were participants in the Balletʻs Leaps and Bounds program, a ballet program provided at local elementary schools by the Ballet, and are now enrolled in the School of the Sacramento Ballet.

These scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists, a program of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. The fund seeks to support young performing artists from underserved backgrounds in the Sacramento region. This is the inaugural year for the Fund, and the Sacramento Ballet is grateful to be among its recipients.

Pictured below L-R: Back row: Melanie Haller, School of the Sacramento Ballet; Dennis Mangers, grantor; Carinne Binda Cunningham, School of the Sacramento Ballet Director; Vanessa Bautista, Outreach Coordinator. Front row: Leya Wu and Nadja Montoya, scholarship recipients