Covet Dance is excited to team up with a new initiative that strives to provide scholarships to urban ballet dancers for Summer Intensives at some of the most prestigious ballet and dance companies in the United States. Project Resilience was started by Everett Dyson whose art has graced several Covet Dance shirts over the past couple of years. Proceeds from the sales of the PROJECT RESILIENCE TANK and also the 10 DANCERS TANK will go towards funding these scholarships. Please help the cause by purchasing one or more of these tanks and feel good knowing that you are helping worthy dancers continue their education in the arts.
Project Resilience has been established for the sole purpose of offering scholarships to Ballet Dancers. Currently, Project Resilience is offering a $1500 scholarship to a lucky ballet dancer out there who we deem ‘The Resilient Ballet Dancer of the year’. To be considered you must submit your name, age, planned summer intensive [ You have a choice between, ABT, DTH or Houston Ballet.] and your current dance studio name to ‘Info@ProjectResilience.us’. Please include a short video and text explaining why you’re a ‘Resilient Dancer’. Deadline for submissions is April 1st 2016. Awardee will be named May 13th 2016.
This initiative will highlight the perils and adversity that the urban ballet dancer overcomes to stay focused & driven in perfecting their God given gift/passion daily. We intend to explore the path of the ballet dancer who comes from poverty and struggles with simply paying for classes to be a part of a prominent dance company.The Misty Copeland’s who come from a place of pure turmoil yet still strives to be on stage at The Koch Theatre or The Kennedy Center in front of hundreds or thousands, the Lauren Anderson’s who deal with racial implications in pursuit of her craft, and the dance student who deals with a treacherous environment daily simply to achieve her dreams of “Prima Ballerina”.
This is a paramount focal point in the ballet world, not only due to the conditions that children and young adults are living in while in pursuit of their dream; it is regnant due to the extreme amount of mental fortitude one must possess to be the athlete/artist we call “ballet dancer”, layered atop of what they must endure in their day to day lives.
We have currently gained the support of American Ballet Theatre soloist, NY Times Best Seller and Time’s ‘100 most influential people’ awardee Misty Copeland, Houston Ballet instructor, ballet pioneer and history’s first black ballet principal Lauren Anderson, and many more. By creating profiles of every submission (our supporters included) we intend to create a medley of ballet dancers all striving to actualize their dreams.
Our mission is simply “To introduce opportunity and advancement to hard work and resilience”
The Project Resilience Team