Daniel Blitstein Scholarship Fund
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In Memoriam

Find what you love to do and do it.

Daniel was one of the fortunate souls who discovered his passion early in life and he had the opportunity to pursue it. Daniel was born February 1, 1989 and died January 4, 2005. He was with us for 15 years -- too short a time for all he dreamed of accomplishing but long enough to leave a lasting impression on all who met him.

Daniel loved life in all its myriad forms and was fascinated by the intricacies of the natural world. He spent hours studying marine life, prehistoric life and the evolution of the earth. He dreamed of being the first dancing marine biologist and was scheduled to begin classes at Purdue University. Daniel began performing at the age of two when he sang in the church choir. He performed in many musical theater productions including Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Mameand sang the lead in Amahl and the Night Visitors. A typical teenager, Daniel loved computer games, spending time with his friends and talking about anything and everything.

From his earliest moments, Daniel listened to an inner voice -- a voice composed of music and rhythm that ultimately brought him to Ballet Chicago. His home away from home was the dance studio, with his closest friends, performers, teachers, and his mentors. Daniel loved to dance. Ballet Chicago nurtured his talent and spirit allowing him to blossom as a dancer and a performer. When he was very ill, Daniel would imagine himself as a note in a symphony weaving intricate patterns among the changing rhythms, allowing himself for a brief moment to leave the pain behind. Daniel knew he was dying, but came to class and danced until he could no longer walk. Dance gave him such joy. The love and support he received from his teachers and his fellow dancers gave him the courage to live his life until the end. Daniel knew that he would not be able to fulfill his dream to dance professionally, so his wish was to create a scholarship fund at Ballet Chicago to help other young male dancers fulfill their dreams. In accordance with his wishes, the Blitstein Family has established the Daniel Blitstein Scholarship Fund, which will award a full year of tuition assistance each year to a deserving male dancer at the School of Ballet Chicago.

If you wish to contribute to the Daniel Blitstein Scholarship Fund, please send donations to:

Ballet Chicago
The Daniel Blitstein Scholarship Fund
17 N. State Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60602

For more information, please contact Bob Bondlow at 312-251-8838

 
 
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