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Von Heidecke Dance Center Announces Maria Tallchief Scholarship, Naperville, IL


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Naperville, Illinois, August 7, 2014 ( - The Von Heidecke’s Dance Center announces the Maria Tallchief Scholarship, which is available to new students of the Dance Center.  The scholarship is made possible by an anonymous donor, and a grant from the Brackthorn Foundation.  New students interested in being considered for the scholarship must make an appointment for a free evaluation at the Dance Center, 1239 S. Naper Boulevard, Naperville, IL.
President Obama's daughters appeared in this school’s production of The Nutcracker, downtown at the Harris Theater in 2007 when President Obama was still a Senator of Illinois.  Gold medalist U.S. Olympic figure skater Evan Lysecek attended this school, as well as Victoria Born of “Center Stage," and Joffery principal dancer Joanna Wozniak.
Kenneth von Heidecke is founder and director of the Chicago Festival Ballet and Von Heidecke’s Dance Center. He is the protege of legendary Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Maria Tallchief, and is also a renowned choreographer for opera and ballet companies around the world, having choreographed over 100 operas and 150 ballets. Most significantly, he was hand-chosen by legendary Prima Ballerina Assoluta Maria Tallchief to appear in the 1975 world premiere of George Balanchine's “Orfeo ed Euridice,” a ground-breaking moment in his career. Over the years, Tallchief continued to coach von Heidecke in the Balanchine repertoire and referred to him as her protégé.
For more information, or to make an appointment for an evaluation, call the Dance Center at 630-527-1052. 




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Von Heidecke's Dance Center

1239 S. Naper Boulevard, Naperville, Illinois, 60540