Pursuing a career in ballroom dance, do you ever wonder if it really does matter and make a difference if you participate in a scholarship program?
It has always been the dream of our director, Marilyn Fordney, to be a ballroom dancer and she was. She also had a dream of seeing others who love to ballroom dance, those who especially take pride in their performances and want to excel, go further in their career. Mrs. Fordney found out about the scholarship program at Brigham Young University (BYU) and for over ten years, the Fordney Foundation has been proud to make a difference in young peoples’ lives by contributing towards personal achievement and promoting professional careers.
Recently, Marilyn Fordney got a very gracious letter from Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Company thanking the Fordney Foundation for the contributions to deserving young individuals and letting us know what the past recipients have been up to for the past ten years.
2007 – 2008 Travis Tuft:
Now living in New Jersey. Travis and his wife Jaime (also a BYU alumni) are placing in the
final of the U.S. professional smooth category.
Additionally, they are U.S. champions in Theater Arts and Cabaret. Recently, they placed second in Blackpool, England in the Exhibition category.
2008 – 2009 Callie Hill:
Upon graduation, Callie taught ballroom dance in her local community and continues to advocate the benefits of ballroom dance.
2009 – 2010 Kaelynn Hill:
Kaelynn graduated from the university and assisted the NDCA in making a demonstration video of bronze and silver level American style figures.
2010 – 2011 Alex Taylor:
After graduation, Alex continued dancing as a professional in the smooth category and is currently teaching ballroom dance at local studios.
2011 – 2012 Shannon Jensen:
Now living in Connecticut, Shannon and her husband Shane are current professional competitors in the American Rhythm category where they are current U.S. finalists. They are also U.S. Theater Arts and Cabaret champions. They have won the World Cabaret Championships and are regularly invited to dance at the British Championships in Blackpool, England.
2012 – 2013 Stirling Stolle:
Stirling and his wife Nicole competed in the Amateur and Professional Smooth category. Stirling is now preparing for medical school.
2013 – 2014 Nicole Stolle:
Nicole and her husband Stirling competed in the Amateur and Professional Smooth category. Nicole is now teaching at BYU, as an adjunct instructor.
2014 – 2015 Casey Treu:
One of the most talented dancers in the BYU program. He and his wife, Kayci, will graduate this year and then enter full time into the professional ballroom dance world. They are the U.S. Representatives to the World Ten Dance Championships in Paris, France.
2015 – 2016 Ashley Sutherland:
Recently graduated and married. An exemplary dancer and contributor to the BYU dance program.
2016 – 2017 Kayci Treu:
Kayci and her husband Casey, will graduate this year and then enter full time into the
professional ballroom dance world. They are the U.S. Representatives to the World Ten Dance Championships in Paris, France. Additionally, Kayci is the current U.S. Amateur Cabaret Champion. I think you can see how valuable a scholarship really is while you are pursuing an education in college. We wish all of our Fordney Foundation scholarship recipients continued success in all of their endeavors.
Thought Of The Week:
Our life is what our thoughts make it – Marcus Aurelius