HARID Conservatory Receives Nureyev Grant

The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from The Rudolph Nureyev Dance Foundation. The highly selective boarding school (alumni include American Ballet Theatre’s Marcelo Gomes and Boston Ballet’s Kathleen Breen Combes) is unique in that it provides tuition-free pre-professional training, thanks to its generous founding benefactor, the late Fred Lieberman. The new grant will be used to create The Rudolf Nureyev Endowed Fund, which will provide need-based awards to HARID students indefinitely. “HARID has always been tuition free, but there are room and board fees, too” says director Gordon Wright. “And we’ve found that there are many whose families aren’t able to afford them.” The fund would guarantee that one or more students without financial means for living expenses would be provided for.

 

In addition, the Nureyev Foundation has challenged HARID to raise its own funds to augment the grant by September 10, a commitment Wright says the school is taking very seriously. “The bigger the principal, the better chance that funds can be generated,” says Wright. For donation information, click here.

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