CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West
Virginia Division of Culture and History selected two scholarship winners for
the 2017 West Virginia State Dance Festival. The recipient of the Friends of
West Virginia Culture and History scholarship is Maegan Casimir, and the
recipient of the Jerry Rose Scholarship of Excellence is Gillian Wanosky. Both
award winners performed solo pieces during the evening performances at the
The 2017 State Dance Festival took place Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April
30, and showcased the talents of West Virginia dancers who come to the Culture
Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston each spring to perform and
take classes from nationally acclaimed dance instructors. This marked the
event’s 35th year. The festival’s evening performances were Friday and
Maegan Casimir is a 15-year old freshman at Spring Mills High School in
Martinsburg, W.Va., and has attended the State Dance Festival for the past four
years. She performs with Rhythm ‘n Motion dance studio and is a member of
Turning Pointe Ballet Company. Maegan performed her solo, which she also
choreographed, titled “Cataclysm” during the performance Friday evening.
Gillian Wanosky is a senior at Parkersburg South High School and was born and
raised in Parkersburg, W.Va. Gillian dances with Performing Arts Connection and
Education (PACE) and has attended the State Dance Festival for six years. She
will attend West Virginia University in the fall. Gillian performed her solo
piece, “Raein,” for Saturday evening’s performance.
Scholarship of Excellence winner, Gillian Wanosky, during her solo performance,
“Raein.” Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
Virginia Culture and History Scholarship winner, Maegan Casimir, during her
solo performance, “Cataclysm.” Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Division of
Culture and History.