The National Society of Arts and Letters

Washington Chapter


The Mary Rich Peery Fife Memorial Award 2000


$4,000 AWARD

The National Society of Arts and Letters is a non-profit, volunteer organization of men and women who are engaged professionally in the creative and performing arts or who are actively sponsoring the work of young artists. Founded in 1944, NSAL is dedicated to creating opportunities for young artists through local and national competitions.

left to right: Julie Kent [Cox] Judge, 1985 NSAL Washington Chapter Award winner, currently principal dancer with American Ballet Theater, star of the movie "Dancers" with Barysnikov); Elizabeth Anne Terschuur, Promising Artist award winner $1,500; Allison Marie Walsh, recognition award no money; Alan Kriegsman, Dance Critic for the Washington Post; Joie Jennings Meffert, winner $4,000 award and will compete in Chicago for $10,000 award; Olivier Munoz, principal dancer with the Cleveland/San Jose Company.

Joie Meffert is 16 years old and is a sophmore at the National Cathedral School. She studies Ballet at the Maryland Youth Ballet. This summer she will study at the Royal Danish Ballet in Cophenhagen.

Elizabeth is 17 years old and studies at the Washington School for Ballet. This summer she will study with the Boston Ballet and next year she will study with the Vienna Opera Ballet.

Congratulations to all the competitors and the winners for an excellent day. Our thanks to the judges.

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