More than 100 Arkansas students auditioned for the Performing Arts Scholarships, concentrated in the areas of dancing, singing or drama.
Melodie choreographed a contemporary dance to the song "Jar of Hearts”. She received 9th place and a $2000 scholarship.
“I began choreographing my dance for the Thea Foundation Scholarship in November," says Moore. "When Mr. Paul Leopoulos from the Thea Foundation called and said that I was a scholarship recipient, I was so thrilled.”
Melodie has been dancing for 15 years. She dances in ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, modern, and tap. She dances for 6 to 7 days a week for 2 to 4 hours a day at Blackbird Academy of Arts. Each year for the past 7 years she has danced key roles in full blown ballet productions. This year she danced the lead role of Cinderella in the ballet production.
“Dancing is like breathing to me. It is something that I just have to do. I can’t imagine not dancing.”
Melodie applied and interviewed for a position in the Internship Program at CHS for her senior year. She is interning for 2 periods of her school day with Blackbird Academy of Arts. This has allowed her to participate in the behind the scenes aspect of the studio she has danced in for the past 7 years.
Her parents are very proud of their daughter, not only for this scholarship but for all her accomplishments in this field that she loves.
“My husband and I are so thankful to the Thea Foundation for providing the opportunity for students in Arkansas to compete for scholarships in the area of performing arts," says Kim Moore, Melodie's mother. "Students who study the arts spend a lot of time perfecting their craft and it is wonderful that they have chance to compete for scholarships in their area of expertise.”