Department Awards & Scholarships

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Several monetary scholarships are awarded annually by the department for outstanding performance and achievement.

Foundation Awards

Bette Bailey Scholarship for Excellence in Dance

This scholarship honors an outstanding current student from SUNY Brockport’s Department of Dance, who demonstrates high achievement, artistic and creative ability in dance, and who shows promise as a performer or choreographer.

2022-2023 Recipient: Rachel Greene

Bill Evans Award for Embodied Scholarship

This scholarship honors an outstanding undergraduate or graduate accepted major in the Department of Dance, who demonstrates the ability to significantly apply concepts and practices derived from Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies or another system of somatics inquiry to their creative and/or scholarly work.

2022-2023 Recipient: Claudia Coonan

Brockport Dancers Against Racism Scholarship

This scholarship was established to support the Department and the College’s commitment to creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning community by supporting minority dance students and/or those who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantages.

2022-2023 Recipient: Cassiedy Davis Quintero

The Ernestine Ford Graduate Scholarship

The award recognizes an outstanding incoming graduate student in the department of dance, in honor of Dr. Darwin Prioleau’s grandmother, Ernestine.

2022-2023 Recipient: Marc Holland

Friends of Brockport Dance

This scholarship recognizes new or continuing students in the Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport who demonstrate the potential for artistic and/or academic excellence in dance.

2022-2023 Recipient: Allison Forderkonz and Katrina Trueworthy

Jocelyn A. Reed Memorial Award

Cynthia Powell-Reed established this award in memory of her daughter Jocelyn. This award recognizes a graduating senior receiving a degree in either Dance and/or Exercise Science with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, who demonstrates the potential for excellence in a career in dance or physical therapy.

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Nat Goodhartz Award

This recognizes an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student in SUNY Brockport’s dance program who has demonstrated proficiency in dance science through curricular or extracurricular activities, and who has demonstrated academic excellence through a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

2022-2023 Recipient: Alexandria Diamond

Payton Choreographic Award

This scholarship recognizes a full-time undergraduate Dance major, who possesses an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who has the support of the faculty who instruct courses in choreography and have completed at least one semester of dance choreography sequences of courses.

2022-2023 Recipient: Lily Wegerski

Pylyshenko Family Scholarship for International Study

This award alternates between recognition for a graduate student in Dance or in Fine Arts, who have permanent residence outside the U.S.

2022-2023 Recipient:

Pylyshenko-Strasser Graduate Dance Award

Professor Emeritus Rose L. Strasser, the department's founding chair established this award to recognizes a graduate student in Dance who has completed at least nine credit hours showing artistic and creative ability, high level of academic achievement, and evidence of service to the Department of Dance. 

2022-2023 Recipient: Emma Davis and Mark Malcom

Rose L. Strasser Dance Award

Professor Emeritus Rose L. Strasser, the department's founding chair established this award to recognize an outstanding dance student who has exhibited ability and potential in dance through high academic achievement, artistic and creativity ability in dance, and promise as a performer and/or choreographer.

2022-2023 Recipient: Eve Higginson

Susan S. Collier Freshman Dance Award

This award recognizes promising incoming first time, freshman students in the Department of Dance. Eligible students will demonstrate academic excellence and tremendous promise in pursing their studies in dance at SUNY Brockport.

2022-2023 Recipients: Gianette Dominguez, Amelia Faddoul, Camila Frias, Sara Harig, Grace Lewis, Iyanna Voltaire, and Alex Whitehead


Department Awards

Rose L. Strasser Service Award

An award that recognizes students who display creativity, leadership, and responsibility as evidenced by participation in departmental and Dance Club activities.

2022-2023 Award Recipient: Mairead Hunter and Katrina Trueworthy

Department of Dance Undergraduate Service Award

This award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and service to the department.

2022-2023 Award Recipients: Lily Wegerski

Department of Dance Graduate Service Award

This award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and service to the department.

2022-2023 Award Recipients: Alyssa Kirby and Natalia Lisina

Department Scholar

This award recognizes a student with the highest academic achievement within the department.

2022-2023 Award Recipient: Lily Wegerski


Awards for Summer Study

Jacquie Davis Endowed Experiential Learning Fund in Dance

This experiential learning fund was established by Mark Lacatena, in honor of Jacquie Davis’ many contributions to Dance and SUNY Brockport, to support Dance students in their professional development. 

2022-2023 Award Recipients: Alyssa Kirby

Nat Goodhartz Summer Research Fund in Dance

This summer experience fund supports an outstanding student’s summer experience learning or research from the Department of Dance who has demonstrated through curricular or extracurricular activities, and a proficiency and involvement in dance science. 

2022-2023 Award Recipient: Zoe Walders

Brockport Dancers Against Racism Experiential Learning Fund

This experiential learning fund recognizes a SUNY Brockport Dance Major or Dance Major Intent, a Dance Minor, and/or participates in creative dance works via campus involvement at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

2022-2023 Award Recipients: Rachel Greene

Susan S. Collier Summer Experience in Dance Award

This award supports summer study in dance for students who display an ability to use the experience to grow as dancers or choreographers.

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Last Updated 6/8/22