Metropolitan Ballet Senior, Brianna Leporace, Awarded Artist Scholar Designation at The University of Richmond

May 4th, 2009 |

Brianna Leporace, a senior student at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy and member of Metropolitan Ballet Company, auditioned for and was awarded the prestigious University of Richmond Artist Scholar Designation. This highly competitive award provides the equivalent of full tuition for eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study during the regular academic year at the University of Richmond. Tuition for the 2009-10 school year is $40,010.Additional benefits accompanying the Richmond Scholars Artist Designation include a one-time $3,000 grant to support a student-selected activity that enhances the academic experience. Leporace resides in Huntingdon Valley, PA and attends Mount St. Joseph Academy.

Leporace is truly an exceptional dancer, and has been featured in many Metropolitan Ballet Academy and Company productions. Ms. Leporace also placed among the top 12 Seniors at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) 2009 Regional Semifinals, and represented our community at the YAGP New York City Finals held April 17-22nd. Additional ballet awards Leporace received this spring include acceptance to professional summer intensive programs at Ballet Austin, Washington Ballet, and Richmond Ballet with scholarship. Additional academic awards include the Presidential Scholarship at University of Richmond, the Presidential Scholarship at Wake Forest University, and the AJ Scholarship at Drexel University. She will enter the University of Richmond in August 2009.

“I am exceedingly proud of Brianna and honored to work with such a talented and dedicated young woman,” said Metropolitan Ballet Academy Director, Lisa Collins Vidnovic. “Her successes this audition season are the reflection of her talent, intelligence and many, many hours of work in the classroom. She has been a role model not only in her considerable dance abilities, but also in her kindness and generosity to the younger students, her camaraderie in the classroom, and her ability to juggle demanding school responsibilities with the rigors of classical training and commitment to the performing company. I know Brianna will make the most of these amazing opportunities. It is truly a joy to see your student take these kinds of steps out into the world.”