SCRANTON — Three students of the Scranton Civic Ballet Company will attend pre-professional boarding intensives for dancers this summer, two at the only independent arts high school on the East Coast, and one at the 11th largest classical ballet company in the country.
Aaron Mancus, 17, of Clarks Summit, and Robert Zaloga, 15, of Moosic, earned acceptance and scholarships at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, Massachusetts, for Summer on the Hill, a five-week intensive for dancers ages 13–17.
Mancus, a junior at Scranton Preparatory School, has studied dance under the direction of Miss Helen Gaus at Scranton Civic Ballet Company for 11 years.
At Scranton Prep, he is part of the Prep Players, a member of the track and field team, and a participant in the Classics, Astronomy and Diversity clubs. He works as a lifeguard at the Jewish Community Center of Scranton.
A musician, Mancus has performed on two occasions at Carnegie Hall. He also plays piano, violin, flute and clarinet.
He is a son of John and Susan Mancus.
Zaloga, a freshman at Wyoming Seminary High School, Wilkes-Barre, has been dancing since age 5. He has studied dance under the direction of Miss Helen Gaus at Scranton Civic Ballet since age 11, and assists with dance instruction of classes at the studio.
He is also a member of the Wyoming Seminary Dance Company where he first performed on stage in second grade. He recently danced in the lead role of Snow King in the Scranton Civic Ballet company’s 30th anniversary performance of “The Nutcracker.” An attendee of the 2015 Performing Arts Institute (PAI) at Wyoming Seminary, Zaloga earned a previous scholarship at Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Dance Program in 2016.
He is a son of Dr. Edward and Jeanne Zaloga.
Established in 1893, Walnut Hill School for the Arts offers students in its summer dance program an opportunity to participate in daily ballet technique classes, as well as to select from additional classes in men’s technique, pointe and variations, modern, jazz, character, flamenco, Pilates and TRX Suspension Training.
To learn more about the Scranton Civic Ballet, non-profit organization located at 234 Mifflin Ave., Suite 1, Scranton, visit scrantoncivicballet.com or call 570-343-0115.