News: Peggy Hawkins Scholarship Fund

Friday 16 March 2012 by Sarah Golding

(from left to right): Anthony Van Laast, Hannah Anderson-Ricketts, Francis Johnson, Mari Colbert, Parsifal Hurst and Pernille Charrington, Photo: Tim Hawkins

The Place’s London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) today announces the names of the first four recipients of the newly established Peggy Hawkins Scholarship Fund, which aims to support talented students in completing their course of studies, and taking advantage of new performance opportunities.

The Scholarship is funded by choreographer and Patron of The Place, Anthony Van Laast, and LCDS alumna Pernille Charrington, in memory Peggy Hawkins, whose life was dedicated to teaching dance and choreography. Peggy was Anthony’s mother, and Pernille’s devoted friend and colleague.

LCDS second year students Hannah Anderson-Ricketts and Francis Johnson, third year Parsifal Hurst, and Mari Colbert have been awarded the Peggy Hawkins Scholarship on the basis of their commitment and impressive results in technical ability, choreographic potential and contribution to the life of the School. They will each receive personal guidance from Anthony Van Laast and Pernille Charrington, and financial support for the duration of their studies.

An ex-Ballet Rambert dancer, Peggy Hawkins lived in different locations around the world. A follower of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze’s Eurhythmics method, which combines learning and experiencing music through improvised movement, Peggy Hawkins received the Dalcroze Specialist Certificate in Eurhythmics once back in London, and continued to teach and choreograph well into her eighties in her own school, founded with Pernille Charrington. An accomplished pianist, Peggy also played for classes at London Contemporary Dance School in her spare time.

“Peggy had a passion for dance and dancers. She loved teaching and nurturing young talents and would be thrilled to know that there is a Scholarship for developing talent in her name,” said Anthony Van Laast.

London Contemporary Dance School

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