Love is a rising high school freshman at Bristol Virginia High School. She is passionate about dance, and has taken ballet classes since the age of 3. She has also attended summer intensive programs at the Charlotte Ballet.
“This award means a lot to me because it shows all my hard work and dedication is paying off," said Love.
The Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to dancers at the intermediate/advanced level of ballet who are also part of Bristol Ballet’s performing company. The chosen dancer must be active in performing and exhibit skill and dedication to excellence. He or she must possess a desire to progress and grow within the art form; aspirations to dance professionally are not a requirement.
The scholarship will provide for all Love’s fees for the 2018-19 season. This includes tuition, registration, production fees, summer intensive, and an allowance for shoes and dancewear. The fund is capitalized by donations from private individuals or corporations who wish to perpetuate the art of ballet through Teresangela’s memory.
A few of Love’s favorite roles to perform include the Caterpillar and the Duchess in Bristol Ballet’s 2018 production of, “Alice in Wonderland,” and the mischievous party guest in, “The Nutcracker.” Her favorite ballets to watch are, “Le Corsaire” and, “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.”
Outside the ballet studios, Love enjoys spending time with her Labrador retrievers.
Love would like to thank all her teachers for helping her grow not only as a dancer but as an individual as well.
Schiano’s untimely death at age 33 on March 8, 2014, shocked and saddened her friends and family. It was their wish to keep her memory alive and perpetuate the vibrancy that she had on stage, as well as her love for ballet, by establishing the scholarship fund.