Dance Alliance

Madeline Marshall Scholarship Concert
Sapinsley Theatre
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Avenue
Providence RI 02908-1991
730pm on Sunday May 22, 2005
Ticket: $10.00 for adults & $5.00 for children
Tickets may be purchased at the door
Information: Heather McNamee at 401- 934-2238 or dancerihm@aol.com

Senior dance students from all over Rhode Island will perform in a concert Sunday May 22, 2005 to honor the late Madeline Marshall. The money raised will go to a dance scholarship in Madeline's name.

*State Ballet of Rhode Island
   Spring concert (May 13 & 14)
* Rhode Island College
* Rhode Island College Dance Department
* Providence Performing Arts Center
   Savion Glover - Improvograpy Friday May 20
* LaBrie Shoes (Scholarship program)

Art In Motion
Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Dance Connection
Dance RI
Festival Ballet Dance Center
Jasper Ballet
Narragansett Performing Arts Dance Centre
Rhode Island Ballet Academy
Rhode Island's Ballet Theatre
The Studio at Mariner Square
With special guest artists Nikki Carrera and tap master - Brian Jones!

Madeline Marshall

Madeline Marshall was a dedicated and passionate advocate of the performing arts and considered ballet to be absolutely essential for all performing artists. She studied with the legendary Lidia Pettine and taught ballet from her home for 45 years. Working extensively in the theatre world as a choreographer, director and house manager, she devoted herself to the Zeiterion (website) in New Bedford, Providence Performing Arts Center (website), the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Rhode Island College's Roberts Theatre and her beloved Matunuck Theatre-by-the-Sea.

Although far from wealthy, Madeline spent countless hours volunteering in the arts. After she retired, she kept right on working at many of those same theatres.

Friend and colleague, Ed Rondeau (with whom she worked on many projects in Cranston) said the following about her,
Dance especially the teaching of dance with all the discipline, joy and creativity that this demanding art form makes was a priority...Dance was something she insisted be taken seriously.
In September 2002, she died suddenly from breast cancer.


Madeline felt that everyone should have the opportunity to study dance. Dance Alliance has set up a scholarship not just to honor her but to continue her work.

Donations are already coming in! The first donation was made by well known dance teacher Louise Turilli and LaBrie Shoes has generously volunteered to cover the basic clothing and shoe requirements for a winning student for the year.

Philosophy for the scholarship:
To provide exposure to dance for people who wish to study ballet but would not otherwise be able to afford it. If scholarship students decide they want to pursue a more extensive dance education - fine, but if not, also fine. Recipients will have the chance to develop an appreciation for ballet and other movement arts.

Dance Alliance reserves the right to terminate the scholarship if the student or family does not meet the requirements of the scholarship (work ethic, attendance etc). The Madeline Marshall Scholarship is overseen solely by Dance Alliance of Rhode Island a 501C3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

- MM Scholarship Fund will pay for one ballet class per student for one school year. The first year will commence with the 2005/2006 year (September thru May). (In the future, this scholarship may be offered for summer intensives.) The scholarship will fund one or two students the first year.

- The school or studio must be a Dance Alliance member.

- Scholarship payments will be made directly to the dance studio involved and will be for three months at a time. The last payment will include an additional amount up to a maximum of $50.00 to help pay for recital costumes.

- Should the student wish to take a second dance class, the dance studio must include the scholarship money toward a discount program so student may pay the lower rate usually charged for a second class i.e. one class per month $40.00, 2 classes per month $65.00. The MM Scholarship would cover the $40.00 and the student would pay 25.00 a month for the second class. The second class may be any dance form the student chooses (unless the dance studio requires a specific second dance form).

- Who can apply: Young people between the ages of 8 and 18 and adults, who are not enrolled in college, but cannot afford to take class.
    Application procedure
  • The application may be initiated by the family/student or by a Dance Alliance studio
  • The deadline will be July 15, 2005 with 1 scholarship to be announced by August 15.
  • A relatively simple application form detailing number of family members, yearly pay, number of family members involved in after school programs and any financial issues that may be pertinent.
  • A short statement from the potential recipient explaining why they would like to take a dance class.
  • If student has already taken dance classes, a letter from his/her teacher advocating for the student. This letter may also come from a school teacher (non-dance).
  • Parents/care givers would have to commit to providing reliable transportation to and from studio.
  • Finalists will take part in an interview with the selection committee at either their chosen dance studio or in their home.

Evaluation procedure
Twice a year at the end of the fall and spring semesters, the studio/teacher will submit attendance records and give a written evaluation (form to be provided)

- The student would submit a short evaluation or discussion on his/her dance education either written or verbal - Student would initially meet with a DA mentor who would check in with the student at least every other month either by phone, email or in person - DA mentor would observe student's class at least once a semester. - At end of the sponsored year (or sooner if there are problems), DA will make a determination on whether to continue funding for the student. This will be based on continued financial need, commitment of the student, and ability of the student to take the class (transportation issues).

Questions: Why is this scholarship funding only ballet?
Madeline was quite passionate about both dancers and actors getting some ballet training. If we are able to continue the scholarship into a second year and if the student continues in the program and if said student could still only afford the one sponsored class, the student would be free to study any dance form.

Deborah Nash at dn@riDance.com
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Photographs courtesy of Richard & Gail Putnam
Swan graphic (top of page) was part of a note Madeline Marshall send to D.Nash 2002
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