Awards, Recognitions, and Scholarships


2019

 

Awards and Recognitions

 | YAGP 2019 New York, NY Finals

Congratulations to the DCSA dancers who advanced to the YAGP finals in New York City! These talented dancers traveled to New York in April and beautifully represented the Dance Center of San Antonio at the finals:

Soloists: Arabela Alvarado, Caroline Myers, Kate Thomas, Mackenzie Kirsch, Lucy Hassmann

Ensemble - Choreography by Hayley Ader: Lucy Hassmann, Mackenzie Kirsch, Eleanor Merritt, Cecelia Weaver, and Eliza Sell

Juniors Top 25 Classical - YAGP Finals: Kate Thomas - Congratulations to Kate for advancing to the final round!

Seniors Top 50 Classical - YAGP Finals: Lucy Hassmann

| YAGP Regional Competitions

1st Place Pre-Competitive - YAGP Chicago: Arabela Alvarado (age 10)

1st Place Juniors - Classical YAGP Houston: Kate Thomas (age 14)

1st Place Seniors - Classical YAGP Chicago: Lucy Hassmann (age 15)

1st place Seniors - Classical YAGP Houston: Mackenzie Kirsch (age 15); Mackenzie was also invited to perform at the Gala: Stars Of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow at YAGP Tampa!

2nd place Juniors - Classical YAGP Tampa: Kate Thomas (age 14)

2nd place Juniors - Contemporary YAGP Houston: Kate Thomas (age 14)

3rd place Pre-Competitive Classical YAGP Houston: Caroline Myers (age 10)

Outstanding Teacher Award - YAGP Chicago: Vanessa Bessler

Contemporary Ensemble Top 12 - YAGP Houston, choreography by Hayley Ader. Dancers: Lucy Hassmann, Mackenzie Kirsch, Eleanor Merritt, Cecelia Weaver, and Eliza Sell.

Top 12 Classical - YAGP Regionals: Jaida Soleman, Arabela Alvarado, Caroline Myers , Amy Kochheiser, Bennett Kiehne, Kate Thomas, Lucy Hassmann, Mackenzie Kirsch.

Top 12 Contemporary - YAGP Regionals: Arabela Alvarado, Kate Thomas, Lucy Hassmann, Mackenzie Kirsch


Top 24 Classical - YAGP Regionals: Isabella Restrepo, Eliza Sell, Valeria Restrepo


| USA ADC/IBC Competition

5th Place - Classical: Lucy Hassmann

Top 12 Contemporary: Lucy Hassmann

Platinum level Classical and Contemporary: Mackenzie Kirsch

Gold level Classical and Contemporary: Eliza Sell

| Vaganova Prix:

Mackenzie Kirsch and Lucy Hassmann were the first dancers from San Antonio ever to be accepted to participate at the Vaganova Prix.

| Prix de Lausanne:

Mackenzie Kirsch was one of only 10 Americans to be selected to compete at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne 2019. She is also the first dancer to be invited from San Antonio and the only dancer from Texas to be invited in 2019.

Scholarships Received

Congratulations to all of our students who received scholarships for summer intensive and training programs during the 2018-2019 Season!

Kate Thomas: Scholarships to Next Generation/Patel Conservatory, 2019 Royal Ballet School Summer Intensive Program in London, Ballet West, Colorado Ballet, National Ballet of Canada School, Berlin State Ballet School, Bolshoi NY, Harid Conservatory. Acceptance to 2019 Royal Ballet School Summer Intensive Program in London.

Lucy Hassman: San Antonio Gardenia and Music Club Scholarship, Scholarships to North Carolina School of the Arts, Ballet West Trainee Program, Sarasota Ballet Trainee Program, Ballet Met Trainee Program, Next Generation Trainee Program,Pacific Northwest Ballet Trainee Program. Acceptance into the English National Ballet School. Special Professional Invitation to Eifman Ballet

Mackenzie Kirsch: Scholarships to Harid Conservatory, Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, acceptance to 2019 Royal Ballet School Summer Intensive Program in London, Next Generation/Patel Conservatory; Full scholarship to the North Carolina School of the Arts; 1st DCSA student to be invited to perform in the Gala performance "Stars of Today meet Stars of Tomorrow"; 1 of 10 Americans (and the only from Texas) to be selected to compete in the 2019 Prix de Lausanne

Collette Outhwaite: Acceptance to the 2019 Royal Ballet School Summer Intensive Program

Caroline Myers: Acceptance to the 2019 Royal Ballet School Summer Intensive Program

Isabella Restrepo: Scholarship to Next Generation/Patel Conservatory

Jaida Soleman: Scholarship to Bolshoi NY Summer Intensive, invitation to YAGP NY Intensive during YAGP finals.

Amy Kochheiser: Invitation to YAGP NY Intensive during YAGP finals.

Bennet Kiehne: Scholarship to Bolshoi NY, invitation to YAGP NY Intensive during YAGP finals.


2018

 

Awards and Recognitions

 

USA International Ballet Competition

Lucy Hassmann was invited to compete in USA IBC 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi

Congratulations!

 

Youth America Grand Prix

Top 12 Senior Category - Valeria Restrepo

Top 12 Junior Category - Emma Hurtado, Kelda Kapoor, Lucy Hassmann, Kate Thomas, Mackenzie Kirsch, Isabella Restrepo

Top 12 Pre-Competitive - Bennet Kiehne,  Isa Serna

 

| Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Teacher Award - Vanessa Bessler

Youth America Grand Prix - Lucy Hassmann

 

| Houston, Texas

Outstanding School of the Year Award

Outstanding Teacher Award - Vanessa Bessler

2nd Place Classical Category - Kate Thomas

3rd Place Contemporary Category - Kate Thomas

 

| Austin, Texas

1st Place Classical Category - Kate Thomas

3rd Place Classical Category - Emma Hurtado

 

| Boston, Massachusetts

1st Place Classical Category - Mackenzie Kirsch

 

Scholarships Received

 


2017

 

Awards and Recognitions

 

Youth America Grand Prix

Top 12 Classical Category- Lucy Hassman, Emma Hurtado, Kate Thomas, Mackenzie Kirsch, Catherine Remington, Catalina Berrera

Top 24 Classical Category- Kelda Kapoor, Catalina Berrera

Top 12 Contemporary Category - Kate Thomas, Lucy Hassmann

Top 12 Ensemble - "CALYPSO"

 

| Houston, Texas

Outstanding Teacher Award - Vanessa Bessler

3rd Place Junior Classical Category - Mackenzie Kirsch

 

| Boston, Massachusetts

2nd Place Pre-Competitive Category - Catherine Remington

 

| Chicago, Illinois

2nd Place Junior Classical Category - Lucy Hassmann

3rd Place Junior Classical Category - Kate Thomas

 

| YAGP - New York Final Competitors

Competitors: Lucy Hassman, Kate Thomas, Mackenzie Kirsch

 

Scholarships Received

Lucy Hassmann - Next Generation Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Houston Ballet Academy and Houston Ballet Academy Short-term stay

Emma Hurtado - Bolshoi Academy (2017,2018) and Harid  Conservatory

Mackenzie Kirsch - Harid Conservatory, New Generations Ballet, and Russian Federation Bolshoi

Amberly Santos - Burklyn Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive

Kate Thomas - Houston Ballet Academy, National Ballet of Canada, Bolshoi Connecticut 2017, and Bolshoi Academy 2018