Satya Tranfield, an 11-year-old ballet dancer and Mount Pleasant resident, won the top prize in the 2015 Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in the classical ballet category and second place in the contemporary category. The competition was held in New York City.
Satya previously competed in and won the semifinal round held in Atlanta. In 2013, she won the YAGP Hope Award (best overall in the pre-competitive age division) at the Atlanta semifinals.
She was coached by Patricia Cantwell and Jill Eathorne Bahr, who run the Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dance Education, and Satya performed choreography by Bahr.
Many winners of the YAGP competition have received scholarships and pursued careers in ballet and contemporary dance, joining such companies as the American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paris Opera Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and others.
After Satya’s win, she was approached by the National Ballet School of Canada, Berlin Staat Ballet School, America Ballet Theatre and the Houston Ballet.
Born in Gunma, Japan, Satya started her ballet training at Yuka Ballet and continued when her family moved to the United States. She is a fifth-grader at James B. Edwards Elementary School.
A $4,000 grant received by the O’Connor Method Charleston from the Mockingbird Foundation will enable the violin program to purchase new instruments and offer scholarships to children from the Gullah community of Colleton County who will participate in the music camp this July.
This grant allows the O’Connor Method Charleston to buy smaller-size fiddles, replacement strings and books and necessary repair, and it helps fund scholarships.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant so we can offer more opportunities for children to learn to play the violin and fiddle using the O’Connor method,” said Pamela Wiley, board president. “The children learn from each other, as well as from the instructor, and have the opportunity to learn how to compose music and create jam sessions.”
The Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit founded and run entirely by Phish fans, has announced 12 new grants worth $42,900 that will support music education for children. The foundation’s so far has distributed a total of $850,000. This is the first grant awarded to a program in South Carolina.
The nonprofit O’Connor Method Charleston, formed in 2012, runs a weeklong summer string camp in Charleston. Groups sponsored by O’Connor Method Charleston, Inc., perform regularly in the community at arts festivals, farmers markets, church picnics and school events.
Pianist Caleb Borick, 12, will perform at 3 p.m. May 3 in the Bishop Gadsden Chapel, 1843 Camp Road on James Island. The recital is free and open to the public.
Voluntary donations will go to the David and Karen Stahl Memorial Scholarship fund, administered by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League. The fund provides support to the top-scoring high school graduate who plans to major in college in music performance, education or therapy. This year’s winner is Madeleine Walsh, a flutist and senior at the Charleston County School of the Arts.
Other scholarships are available, including the Matching Grant Scholarship of $500, which goes to members of the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Summer Study Scholarships. CSOL scholarship auditions are held each spring.
Caleb, a West Ashley resident, is already an accomplished performer and competitor. He won CSOL’s Ruth and Barry Goldsmith Award. Last year, he performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra, and played the concerto again this year with the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra.
He has studied with Enrique Graf and Eunjoo Yun at the Charleston Academy of Music and now takes lessons via Skype with New York City-based teacher Svetlana Smolina.
Striped Pig Distillery, Baila ConmiGA and Gino Castillo Quartet will collaborate to present “Spirits and Salsa,” a private liquor tasting and distillery tour followed by a salsa lesson, live Latin music and dancing. The event is 6 p.m. May 7 at the distillery, 2225-A Old School Drive, North Charleston, behind Duvall Catering at 2816 Azalea Drive.
“I’ve been wanting to put on an event like this for a while,” said Georgia Schrubbe, professional dancer and owner of Baila ConmiGA. “An event where we can collaborate with another local business and get people dancing in a non-traditional environment.”
All dancers are invited; no prior experience is required and no partner is needed to attend. Participants must be 21 or older. A salsa lesson is planned for 6:30 p.m., then the Gino Castillo Quartet will play two sets. Between sets, local dancers from Baila ConmiGA, Dancefx Charleston and Daft Concept will perform.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at SpiritsAndSalsa.Eventbrite.com.