Scholarship awarded to honor David Howard

Dance teacher at Ballet Academy EastBallet Academy East (BAE) in New York City recently announced the recipient of the second annual David Howard Foundation Scholarship. The award, generously underwritten by The David Howard Foundation, is made available annually to an exceptional BAE student in support of tuition and housing expenses. This year’s recipient is Cameron Catazaro‐Hayward.


Catazaro‐Hayward is originally from Canton, Ohio and entered the BAE Pre‐Professional Division in September. Catazaro‐Hayward’s entire family is involved in the arts. His older brother Zachary Catazaro is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet.


Catazaro‐Hayward started his dance training at Canton Ballet, where his mother teaches. His passion for ballet took off when he received the opportunity to dance the role of Basilio in Don Quixote. Laura Alonso, renowned coach and daughter of famed ballerina Alicia Alonso, mentored Catazaro‐Hayward in the role, as did his brother Zachary. This experience fueled his desire to take the next step in his training and come to BAE.


BAE student receives David Howard Foundation Scholarship“My older brother Zachary is a really big inspiration in my life. He motivates me to work harder and harder every day,” says Catazaro‐Hayward.


The David Howard Foundation was created by the late David Howard, a highly admired, innovative dance teacher. The Foundation supports and sustains the teaching and performance of the art of ballet. It has supported the training of both ballet teachers and students for many years.


“The David Howard Foundation Scholarship makes a profound impact on the lives of its recipients, just as David Howard so deeply influenced and inspired his many devoted students. It is such an honor to share the legacy and history of David Howard with the next generation of talented young dancers,” says BAE Founder and Director Julia Dubno.


Lisa de Ribere choreographyRobert Wessely, Esq., a David Howard Foundation representative, says, “We are pleased to name Cameron Catazaro‐Hayward as the second David Howard Foundation Scholar. This continues our founder’s practice of assisting ballet students in the pursuit of their ballet careers by providing a scholarship for a talented and deserving student.”


According to BAE, Catazaro‐Hayward is excelling in his training at the center.


Catazaro‐Hayward shares, “I hope that through my experiences at BAE I will gain the technical strength and artistry I need to have a professional career in dance. I’ve already had such a great start here and I’m excited for what is to come.”


The first recipient of the David Howard Foundation Scholarship, Tallison Costa, graduated from BAE in 2017 and is now a member of Ballet de Monterrey, under the direction of José Manuel Carreño.


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Photos: David Howard (top), Cameron Catazaro‐Hayward (left) and BAE students in NOW THEN, choreographed by Lisa de Ribere (right, photo by Rosalie O’Connor.) Photos courtesy of BAE.