This award is presented annually to a LFDA dance student who has show shown extraordinary leadership and dedication as well as technical achievement and performance accomplishments in a variety of dance disciplines. Nominated by the faculty and Director, this award consists of $500 towards one dance class for one full season (September - May). Contributions to scholarship funds may be made through the Dance Academy Office.

We are proud to acknowledge this year's nominees: Simran Karnani, Lainey Laughton, Billie Lersch, Elizabeth Montgomery, Jaquelyn Montgomery

Award Winner: Simran Karnani

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A founding member of the Cecchetti Council of America Midwest Committee in 1956, Anida Sedala was a dedicated teacher, coach, and examiner. Generations of dancers remember her spirit, love of life and love of ballet. Anida moved to the U.S. from Nokia, Finland with her sister Pirkko Lawlor in 1949. They started The Anida Sedala School of Dance in her home on Frost Place in Lake Forest. Lake Forest Dance Academy (LFDA) was established at the Lake Forest Recreation Department in 1974 with Pirkko as Director for nearly 20 years served as Director. This award is given in honor of Anida's lifetime dedication to the field of dance, specifically at LFDA, and consists of $500 towards one Ballet class for one season (September - May). Nomination by the ballet faculty and Director is based on potential and efforts as demonstrated in ballet classes.

We are proud to acknowledge this year's nominees: Stella Delfield, Evie Fournier, Simran Karnani, Matilda McDonough

Award Winner: Evie Fourner

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