Awarded annually, the Sandra Charleston Scholarship is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated and promising GLM student to increase their training in a discipline of their choosing.
Each year, the recipient of the Sandra Charleston Scholarship is awarded one year’s tuition for an additional class of their choosing. The Scholarship is donated by highly experienced dancer, choreographer and teacher, Sandra Charleston, who selects the recipient via a collaborative process with the GLM teachers and directors. Sandra brings a wealth of experience to the scholarship process, with 20 years choreographing Schools Spectacular, 28 years of choreographing Glenn Street Festivals, choreographing for the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and much more amongst a 30+ year career of dance teaching.
GLM is incredibly grateful to Sandra for her support of the dance school; the dancers, teachers and classes that make up who we are. Her donation of this scholarship speaks to the great passion, pursuit and joy that is dance, the impact that it has had on her life, and the impact we work to enable it to have on so many more at GLM Dance Studio.
"When I choose a child to give my scholarship to, it’s to someone that I know really has a passion for dance, just as I do, right deep down in my heart. Because dancing is what I love the most."
- Sandra Charleston, Scholarship donor
The talented Sandra was a dance teacher to both Georgia and Louisa in their schooling years, two of the three GLM directors. Instrumental in both their technique and passion, she has been a supporter from the very beginning and her endorsement and experience have been invaluable.
2023 Recipient, Eva.
Sandra with 2022 recipient, Sienna.
Sandra with 2021 recipient, Amelia.
Sandra with 2020 recipient, Skye.
Sandra with 2018 recipient, Keira, and 2019 recipient, Steph.
2023: Eva Jones
2022: Sienna Joyce
2021: Amelia Slater
2020: Skye Norris
2019: Stephanie Barnes
2018: Keira Duncan
I honestly think Amelia was in absolute shock when she was lucky enough to receive the Sandra Charleston Dance Scholarship. What an amazing surprise and pure joy this has brought to Amelia.
Her favourite day of the week is Friday when her dance classes are scheduled after school, she cannot wait! Her smile says it all when I drop her off on Friday afternoon to the studio as she races up the stairs proudly wearing her GLM dance jacket. This girl lives to dance and being chosen for the scholarship she decided to choose hip hop dance, a new style to add to her tap and jazz. She loves the way you can express yourself so differently through hip hop with a bit more sass and will continue this dance style over the next few years - she is loving it! Amelia loves to express herself through dance, and really feels part of the GLM dance family - a special mention to the incredible teachers that have supported and encouraged her along the way, I am so proud of her determination. Your resilience throughout the pandemic has been incredible, we cannot thank you enough for bringing dance to our homes.
So from our family to the GLM family we thank you for providing Amelia with the Sandra Charleston Scholarship, just one of the amazing and very generous initiatives awarded every year - it has put the biggest smile on her face (I think she still pinches herself).
Thank you, Amelia & Donna Slater.
"GLM is a wonderful dance school. It is run by a bunch of fabulous ladies with wonderful families and commitment to community."
- Sandra Charleston, Scholarship Donor