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RIC Dance Scholarship Competition, March 24, 25

Mandy Moore, of FOX’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ will be celebrity guest judge.

Do you know a high school student or a student enrolled at another college between the ages of 16-21 who is interested in majoring in dance performance at RIC? If so, the ‘So You Wanna Be a Dance Major in College?’ Scholarship Competition could pay for his or her first year’s tuition.

The RIC Dance Area, headed by Angelica Vessella, director of dance, is hosting the competition on March 24 and 25 to be held at the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts.

Mandy Moore, choreographer and judge from the hit FOX TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?” will be a celebrity guest judge for the competition.

The competition is sponsored by the Performing and Fine Arts Commission at RIC in partnership with Capezio and Dancerswarehouse, two of the country's leading distributors of dance shoes, apparel and accessories.

The competition will consist of two days full of events. On March 24, students will participate in master classes, workshops and solo performances for a panel of RIC judges. The panel will evaluate the students and chose the finalists who will advance to the March 25 performance, where they will perform two solos of their choice for the non-RIC judges, including Moore and two other dance experts.

The March 25 performance will be open to the public, held in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall. The RIC Dance Company will open with a performance, providing the dance entertainment for the event, with a RIC theater student serving as master of ceremonies to the competition.

Though RIC students cannot audition for the competition, the RIC Dance Company performance is a good way to showcase the RIC dance program to participants and their families, explained Vessella.

“This is an opportunity for RIC to not only host an exciting new event, but also to bring new faces on campus…people who may not otherwise be familiar with what RIC has to offer. The hope is that RIC students, even if they aren’t dance majors, will come out and support this event, because it’s fun,” said Vessella.

The first place winner will receive a one-year scholarship to RIC. Second place will receive a scholarship for one semester, and third place will receive a $500 shopping spree of products from Capezio and Dancerswarehouse.com.

Deadline to apply is March 15. To compete, you must be between 16 and 21 years old, and in your junior or senior year of high school. Transfer students are eligible if accepted to RIC at or below the junior level.

Admission for the March 25 competition event is $10 general admission, $5 for students. Transfer students are eligible if accepted to RIC at or below the junior level.

For additional information, eligibility requirements and/or to enter the competition, visit www.ric.edu/dancemajor.