We are very happy to announce that The Angel Shine Foundation has chosen Ballet Academy East students, Claire Smith and Jenny Ku as their newest scholarship recipients. The generous gifts will support Jenny’s and Claire’s studies at BAE and will ultimately help steer them closer to their goal of becoming professional dancers.
The founder of the Angel Shine Foundation, Allyson Tang, believes that all children deserve the opportunity to discover and develop their unique gifts. By lifting their financial burden, the Angel Shine Foundation scholarships allow children to focus on nurturing their talent and giving them the confidence to realize their dreams.
We are so proud to share that Allyson Tang and The Angel Shine Foundation have awarded the scholarship gift to Claire Smith in honor of Vicki Leeds Tananbaum and Harold Tananbaum.
Jenny Ku, 15-year old BAE Student
It is such an honor to receive this scholarship from The Angel Shine Foundation! I am grateful to have this incredible support, which allows me to further my dance training. Thank you to The Angel Shine Foundation for believing in me and for helping me achieve my goals and dreams in dance.
Claire Smith, 14-year old BAE Student
I want to thank Allyson Tang and The Angel Shine Foundation, Vicki Leeds Tananbaum and Harold Tananbaum from the bottom of my heart. To know that I am being supported by these amazing people makes me feel so amazing inside. The impact that The Angel Shine Foundation has had on my family and me is truly beautiful, and their support has been life changing. Thanks to them I can continue my training at Ballet Academy East and get closer to my dream of becoming a professional dancer. I am forever grateful.
Allyson Tang, Founder of The Angel Shine Foundation
The stellar faculty at BAE and its inspiring founder, Julia Dubno not only teach children exceptional ballet technique, they provide a loving environment for them to have the confidence to excel in life. The Angel Shine Foundation is thrilled to award scholarships in support of Jenny's and Claire’s dance education.
Julia Dubno, Founder and Director of Ballet Academy East
The Angel Shine Foundation’s mission of empowering children through the arts is deeply inspiring. I sincerely thank the Angel Shine Foundation and its visionary Founder, Allyson Tang, for shining a well-deserved light on Claire Smith and Jenny Ku, and for supporting Ballet Academy East’s commitment to nurturing young dancers.
For more information about the Angel Shine Foundation, please visit their website or follow them on Instagram.
Photo left: Allyson Tang and Claire Smith
Center: Claire Smith by Christopher Duggan
Right: Jenny Ku, "Romanza", choreographed by Alan Hineline, BAE 2019 Spring Performance, Christopher Duggan