Elena Delvecchio Rusnak Dance Education Scholarship

Jade JohnsonJade Johnson was born in Waterbury, Connecticut.  Her first memories of dance are being video taped by her father while she performed.  Since she was a young girl, Jade has expressed herself through lyrical praise dance in her church. While a student at Wilby High School in Waterbury, she focused on hip-hop dance.  Currently, Jade is a Dance Major in the Dance Program at Naugatuck Valley Community College.  She hopes to one day own her own dance studio, fulfilling her lifelong dream of being both a business owner and a teacher of dance.

Excerpt from Essay:

My father was one of those “home video” dads who recorded everything I did since birth.  I thank him for that because he showed me that dancing was not just talent for me, it was a gift. As I got older I realized that dance was something I was good at. The more I danced and the more I expressed myself, the more I began to have a love for dance. Not only did I feel confident, I felt protected. Whenever I danced, nothing else mattered. Whatever problem I was going through or stress I had went away the moment I started to dance. It was a safe place for me.


Connecticut Dance Alliance Presents the Elena Delvecchio Rusnak Dance Education Scholarship

Elena Delvecchio Rusnak

Elena Delvecchio Rusnak

This $1,000 scholarship award is for undergraduate students who will be Connecticut high school seniors in the coming academic year, or current college students entering their freshman, or sophomore year at a Connecticut college or university. The scholarship will be administered by the Connecticut Dance Alliance, which will assist in the management of the award and the selection of the awardee.

To qualify, applicants must be (or will be) majoring in dance or dance education, or must be pursuing an education degree with a cross endorsement in dance, with intentions of pursuing a career in dance education.

Applicants must submit:

  • A video showing you performing a piece (3 minutes or less) that showcases your technique and dance style. It does not have to be original choreography.
  • A two-part essay – The first part should explain your passion for dance and your plan to pursue a career as a dance educator. The second part should explain your video submission and why you chose the piece you are presenting.
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please be sure to include your email address with your application. Once your application is received, you will receive an email invitation to a Dropbox link from catecraig83@gmail.com . You will then be able to upload your video submission to a private Dropbox account via this link for the committee to view. If you have any questions/concerns about the uploading process, please contact Catherine Craig at catecraig83@gmail.com .

The deadline for submissions is February 13th, 2015. Essays and letters of recommendation should be sent electronically to catecraig83@gmail.com. Non-electronic video and application submissions must be received by February 13th, 2015 and should be sent to:

Catherine Rusnak-Craig
119 Dix Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109

The winner of the scholarship will be contacted no later than April 10th, 2015.