Congratulations to Madalyn Foley, the 2013 recipient of the Harlequin Floors Scholarship for Support of Dance Science at Missouri State University. Since 2012, Harlequin Floors sponsors this important scholarship fund ($9,000 over 3 years) for a deserving MSU student involved in the department of Physical Therapy and the Theater and Dance department joint research in dance science advances, specifically the effects of dancing on a sprung floors. Dr. James M. Hackney is the MSU leader in investigating the effects of a sprung floor on the impact of ballet leaps and jumps on the hips, knees, feet and ankles, as well as the muscles controlling these joints.
To meet the scholarship eligibility criteria, eligible MSU students must be a Sophomore, declared dance major, participate in the scientific study, be active in performing, an active volunteer and maintain a scholarly GPA. Students must also write an essay about the relationship between dance science and dance training to be considered for the award.
In response to being awarded the Harlequin Floors Scholarship for Support of Dance Science at Missouri State University, Madalyn states:
"I just wanted to take the time to tell you and the rest of Harlequin Floors how grateful I am for the scholarship that I have been awarded. It will be paying for nearly all of my final semester in college, which will be extremely helpful when it comes time to begin paying back loans. I am glad that I got the opportunity to learn about what I am passionate about through a new, scientific perspective. I believe that this knowledge will help me throughout the rest of my education and my career. I am really overjoyed that I got the opportunity to gain such important knowledge while also growing in my art. Once again, I am so thankful for the generous scholarship that has been provided to me through Harlequin Floors. It is truly going to make my last semester in college much easier by making finances one less thing that I will have to worry about. I could not be more pleased to accept a scholarship from a company that helps dancers all over the world."
Harlequin Floors thanks Dr. Hackney, all participants and Missouri State University for their continued efforts to support this valuable research in the field of dance science.
From left to right: Dr. James Hackney, Madalyn Foley and Sara Brummel, an Associate Professor of Dance at MSU