I created the Denise Brown Scholarship in August of 2011 to honor the memory of my mother who founded this ballet school in 1950. Denise was a truly remarkable woman. She was a strict but loving teacher who enriched the lives of thousands of students throughout her teaching career. She continued to teach until the age of 82 when Parkinson’s took away her ability to continue. Denise lived the last several years of her life not able to dance. Ballet was her passion.
Denise wanted to make sure children who had that same passion would never be kept from their dream. She knew there were children whose parents had difficulty paying for their children’s classes, and she would quietly offer them financial assistance. When I became Director of City Ballet, the tradition continued.
The number of families who are in need of financial assistance for their children to be able to dance has continued to grow over the years. So has the rent and overhead. It has become increasingly difficult to offer scholarship assistance to everyone in need. With the Denise Brown Scholarship, I am able to help more families who are faced with financial difficulty. I know Denise would be thrilled to know how many students have been helped over these past seven years.
This past year, because of your generosity, six dancers received scholarship assistance. Most of the students are not aware they are scholarship recipients, and I, like my mother, believe that’s the way it should be.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to make a donation to the Denise Brown Scholarship online, nor by credit card. However, should you wish to make a donation, you may do so with a check or cash at the studio.
On the recipients’ behalf I would like to thank you in advance for helping them continue dancing, and I want you to know that your donation will certainly make a difference in their lives.
Evelyn Brown Johnson