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Misty Copeland surprised CityDance Conservatory Dancer, Corbin Holloway, age 13 from Rockville, Maryland, with a $10,000 scholarship on NBC’s Little Big Shots on Sunday, May 17th. Watch his performance on Little Big Shots here.

“Your strength, and your humility, and your dedication … it’s setting an example for so many to come after you,” said Misty Copeland after seeing Corbin’s performance.

The show is hosted by Melissa McCarthy and features remarkable youth from around the world. During the episode, Corbin spoke with Melissa McCarthy about his transition from football to dance and performed a solo. At the end of his segment, Misty Copeland awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to Corbin for his dance training on behalf of herself and Little Big Shots.

“It was an exciting experience to be on Little Big Shots. I hope I’m able to inspire other boys to do ballet and dance,” said Corbin Holloway.

Corbin’s dance training and development has been facilitated under the tutelage of Stanislav Issaev, CityDance Conservatory Ballet Master and Nijinsky Prize winner and Lorraine Spiegler, Artistic Director of CityDance School & Conservatory. Corbin received the 2019 Hope Award at the NYC International Youth America Grand Prix Finals. The Hope Award is given to the dancer who has exceeded all other dancers in his or her age division. As part of this honor, Corbin was invited to dance in the YAGP gala at Lincoln Center alongside professional dancers from American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and the Mariinsky. This year he qualified for 2020 YAGP Finals, but they have been postponed due to COVID-19.

“Corbin is a super talent and has broken through a lot of boundaries. When we challenge him to go further, he accepts it and he soars,” said Lorraine Spiegler.

Learn more about the CityDance Conservatory here.

To schedule a press interview with Corbin Holloway or Lorraine Spiegler please contact Megan Piluk, CityDance Senior Manager of External Relations, at meganpiluk@citydance.net.