The Lucile Phillips Morrison Award

The Lucile Phillips Morrison Award was founded in 1946-47 to provide an honorarium for a Scripps dance student whose enthusiasm for and interest in modern dance warranted encouragement. Such a student might be a beginner who had shown potential ability, or a more advanced student who aspires to a professional career in dance. The purpose for establishing such a scholarship was to encourage an interest in modern dance, particularly for those Scripps students who had found dance to be a vital part of their educational and creative growth. Study with outstanding creative professionals in the field was an opportunity for broadening the student’s horizons.

The Lucile Morrison Dance Award became an annual award given to one or more Scripps Dance students to provide financial support for summer dance/movement study. Each applicant must be a Scripps sophomore or junior who is an active participant in the Scripps Dance Program, although she need not be a dance major.

The selection process involves the submission of a detailed proposal by each applicant, which is reviewed by the full time members of the dance faculty. The proposal must include information about the summer program of study the student wishes to attend, her rationale for this choice, her goals for the experience, and what she hopes to bring back to Scripps from the experience. A detailed budget must also be included. The award is intended to cover or subsidize tuition costs but not transportation, housing, or food.

Scholarship Recipients
2016  Mia Farago-Iwamasa: Attended classes at Inland Pacific Ballet Company while working in Claremont for the summer

Suzette Guzman: Attended class in Hip Hop and Break Dancing while interning in San Francisco

Sharon Keenan: User her award to supplement her expenses during her Video internship at Bates Dance Festival in Maine

Cynthia Irobunda: Attended classes at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, and Peridance Capezio Center while at home in New York City

Rachel Nayer: Attended the ARCOS Summer Program, plus classes in ballet, Gyrotonics, yoga, and aerial silks while in Austin, Texas

2015 Maile Blume: Attended classes with Queen Emma Ballet, and Still & Moving Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

Michelle Nagler: Continued her dance training at an advanced level, taking classes and building professional contacts within the LA dance community

2014 Maya Suzuki-Jones: Attended classes with Yoga Honolulu, Queen Emma Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, and 24-7 Danceforce in Hawaii

Ella Wilson: Participated in Parsons Dance Company’s Summer Intensive in New York City

Jacci Yin: Attended a yoga core workshop and individual classes at Space Yoga in Taipei, Taiwan

Sophia Armington: Attended a 200 hour yoga instructor course at Yoga Vida, a yoga alliance certified studio in New York

2013 Brianne Imada: Worked with noted dance lighting designers at the American Dance Festival summer program at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Anya Leyhe: Studied with the Shawl-Anderson Dance studio in Oakland, California, and completed an American Sign Language course at Berkeley City College

2012 Hannah Mason: Attended workshops with Anna and Daria Halprin at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and also Susan Bauer’s workshop “Mindfulness in Motion: Authentic Movement as Spiritual Practice” in Berkeley, CA

Emily Simmons: Participated in classes and other events while interning at The American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

2011 Mary Callahan: Participated in classes at the DC Dance Collective and Dance Place in Washington, Dc while interning there with the National Dance Education Organization

Chante Cruse: Participated in a three-week workshop with noted African-American choreographer Garth Fagan in Rochester, New York

Hannah Mason: Studied Spontaneous Phenomenon/Instincts and Improvisation and Private Spaces Viewed in Public Places with Holly Johnston’s Ledges and Bones at ODC in San Francisco, California

2010 Ashli Duncan: Participated in a three-week workshop with Doug Varone and Dancers at the University of Akron in Ohio

Maya Guice: Studied dance with noted professionals in the Los Angeles area during off time from working 9-5 as an LA County Arts Intern in preparation for her self-designed major in Performing Arts Administration

Jill Mahoney: Attended a five-week contemporary ballet workshop in San Francisco, California, with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet

Alyssa Mello: Participated in a three-week workshop with Doug Varone and Dancers at the University of Akron in Ohio

2009 J. Lindsay Brown: Studied intensively with nationally and internationally renowned teachers and choreographers at the six-week American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Ashli Duncan: Enrolled in two summer programs in the San Francisco Bay Area: a four day workshop entitled Ballet for the Contemporary Dancer, and a two-week workshop in Technique and Repertory with Janice Garrett and Dancers

Alyssa Mello: Participated in a three-week workshop with New York based Doug Varone and Dancers

Mariam Tejeda: Studied Tango at the Arthur Murray Studio in Shenandoah, Texas for three weeks. In addition to improving her technique she used the opportunity to explore and question the gender roles that are perpetuated through ballroom dance

2008 Julia Cost: Participated in the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance summer session studying the work of contemporary ballet choreographers such as Alex Ketley and Jiri Kylian. She was also accepted into the Conservatory’s Choreographic Apprentice Residency where she developed her own choreography under the mentorship of established professional choreographers

Karen Diaz: Attended the Moving On Center School of Participatory and Somatic research in Oakland, CA to study Bartenieff Fundamentals with Peggy Hackney, and Alexander Technique and Somatic Therapy with Carol Swann

Sara Festini: Participated in the National Tap Day Festival in Berkeley and took classes with Roxanne Butterfly and Babs Yohai, heirs to the late great tapmaster Eddie Brown

2007 Sydney Freggiaro: Studied at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles where she took classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, funk, and hip hop, and built connections with LA’s vibrant commercial and concert dance scene

Brianna Skellie: Traveled to Europe to attend Impulstanz, a 5-week festival of contemporary dance workshops, forums and performances in Vienna, Austria

2006 Mary Grimes: Studied a variety of dance styles at two major studios in San Francisco. She also researched studio organization and administration practices in preparation for eventually pursuing her dream to open her own studio

Meredith Horiuchi: Studied with outstanding modern dance artists at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, where she was also a Young Artist Scholarship recipient

Brianna Skellie: Studied with outstanding modern dance artists at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Abigail Stopper: Studied contemporary ballet, choreography and flamenco at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet School in San Francisco

2005 Tova Eisner: Studied with outstanding modern dance artists at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Meredith Horiuchi: Interned in New York City with Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok. She also used her award to participate in workshops with several cutting-edge modern choreographers

Abigail Stopper: Studied contemporary ballet, jazz, modern, African, and flamenco at Alonzo King’s Lines Dance Center

Davie-Blue Bacich: Studied Alexander Technique in conjunction with West African and Caribbean dance

2004 Tova Eisner: Studied with outstanding modern dance artists at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Katherine Lind: Studied at Musical Theatre Dance in the summer of 2004 as part of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ special in musical theatre: Collaborative Arts Project 21

2003 Courtney Crocker: Attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Caroline Johnson: Studied intensively the Pilates method

Nicole Clarke: Traveled to Brazil to attend the Child International Conference and explore how West African dance has influenced dance in Brazil

Julie Russell: Studied Hula in Hawaii

2002 Erica Carroll: Attended California State University at Fresno Summer Arts Program to study dance technique and composition under Colin Connor and Risa Steinberg

Emily Anderson: Attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Ann DeHerder: Attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Miana Hoyt: Attended the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival in Springfield, Massachusetts

2001 Taryn Chase: Used her grant to study with outstanding dance artists at this country’s premier summer dance program, the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Andrea Cordova: spent the summer interning in Los Angeles with a major dance talent agency and used her grant to round out her days by taking classes from a variety of Hollywood teachers

Erica Carroll: Attended the six-week American College Dance Festival

Ann DeHerder: Attended the prestigious New York City’s Alvin Ailey Summer Dance School

2000 Danielle Kraus: Trained in a variety of dance styles at Dance on Capital Hill in Seattle, Washington

Megan Thompson: Furthered her dance study at the Newport Academy of Ballet and began personal choreographic explorations

1999 Lara Allen: Spent a month in NYC at the Limon Institute to attend an intensive workshop with Risa Steinberg and then went to the 1999 Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance & Improvisation to take classes with Nina Martin, Simone Forti and K.J. Holmes
1998 Marissa Labog: Attended the New York University Tisch Dance Summer Residency Festival, where she studied with a variety of dance artists

Erin Elizabeth Owen: Attended the New York University Tisch Dance Summer Residency Festival, where she studied with a variety of dance artists

Lara Allen: Attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina

Gwyn Fisher: Attended a two-week intensive program focusing on jazz, modern, ballet, hip-hop, Afro-Brazilian, and African Dance forms in New Orleans, LA

SarahElizabeth Ward: Attended daily classes from Repertory Dance Theatre and participated in Ririe Woodbury’s Summer Dance Workshop, Move It ’98, in Salt Lake City, Utah

1997 Kami Innerbichler: Studied ballet at the California Dance Center in Montclair, CA, and participated in jazz classes with Kim Lam

Jennifer Timmerman: Conducted an independent study in kinesiology, studied ballet and Graham Technique, and explored non-Western dance forms practiced by women as healing rituals

1996 Rachel Mudge: Attended the Limon West dance project in San Jose and the Joe Goode Workshop in San Francisco, CA. She also took classes at the studios of ODC San Francisco, Footwork, and Alonso King’s Lines Ballet Company

Alexis Smith: Attended a two-week dance workshop with John Malashock Dance Company of San Diego, CA

1995 Christina Barrett: Studied Vaganova ballet technique, and Horton technique modern dance in Nantucket
Fay Ann Chun: Attended the San Francisco Butoh Festival and took classes from noted professionals in the Los Angeles area
1994 Fay Ann Chun: Attended the American Dance Festival in North Carolina

Irene Schneeweis: Attended the American College Dance Festival and studied African dance, jazz and the Horton Dunham Technique

1993 Katherine Davis: Enrolled in two intensive summer workshops in choreography and performance: one with Bella Lewitzky Dance Co. in Los Angeles, CA, and the other at NY University at the Tisch Summer Repertory Festival

Fay Ann Chun: Studied with professional dance artists in Hawaii

Diane Yun Bai: Attended biweekly ballet classes with Victoria Koenig of the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet and Lawrence Blake at the California Dance Center in Montclair

1992 Denise Yung: Continued her studies of the dance technique of Bella Lewitzky

Katherine Davis: Studied with Oakland Ballet and took modern dance at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center

1991 Katherine Footracer: Attended the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO, to study yoga, dances of West Africa, and contact improvisation with Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith

Jennifer Williams: Went to NYC to study at the Peridance Center

Polly Patton: Studio-hopped in Los Angeles, CA, to study the realities of the commercial dance world

1990 Polly Patton: Went to NYC to take classes from Betty Jones in the Limon Technique at Limon School. She also took other jazz and ballet classes in the City

Jennifer Williams: Attended the San Diego School of Ballet under Robon Sherertz-Morgan

1989 Jennifer Anderson: Studied dance and theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts

Polly Patton: Attended the American Dance Festival in North Carolina

Heather Prohaska: Studied at the Bella Lewitsky Dance Co

Wendy Johnson: Attended the Seattle Summer Dance Institution at the University of Washington and took classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet

1988 Catherine Shull: Studied with important teachers in Los Angeles, CA, and attended a workshop in Indonesian Dance at UCLA

Wendy Johnson: Attended Pacific Northwest’s Summer Session

Amy Day: Studied a variety of dance styles with prominent Los Angeles dance teachers

1987 Lenora Stokes: Studied ballet and Indian classical dance – Bharat Natyam – in Los Angeles, CA, and then traveled to New York City to work with outstanding professionals
1986 Jovita Alaniz: Studied with outstanding professionals
1985 Jovita Alaniz: Attended the Bill Evans Dance Co. Summer Institute to study modern dance, ballet, and the effort shape theory
1984 Susannah Murdoch:
1983 Melinda Leeson: Attended Cabrillo College Summer Dance Workshop

Lorrie Harvey: Attended “Dance Through Time” at Dominican College in San Raphael

Robin Hovis: Attended dance classes in Los Angeles while working as an intern

1978 Sheryl Simmons: Continued her study at the Harvard Dance Center and the Dance Notation Bureau
1974 Linda Heath: Attended Loyola Marymount Summer Dance Session
1968 Althea Eames: Studied under Doris Humphrey and Jose Limon

Marcia Burr: Studied under Doris Humphrey and Jose Limon

Jane Fisher -Studied at Perry-Mansfield

Janet Alf: Studied at Perry-Mansfield

Toni Mull: Studied at Perry-Mansfield

Sharon Mallory: Attended Connecticut College Summer School of Dance

Virginia Jacobson: Studied at Perry-Mansfield

Georgia Jones: Studied at Perry-Mansfield

Susan Lovell: Studied at Perry-Mansfield

Maria Fuller -Studied at Perry-Mansfield

Enid Obee: Hayna Holm, Colorado

Judith Davies: Long Beach State Summer School

Karen Hatfield: Attended Connecticut College Summer School of Dance