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Northwestern Studios Student, Isabella Cutillo, Awarded Kimberly Renée Goodman Scholarship

Northwestern Studios in Boone, NC announces that student Isabella Cutillo has been awarded the Kimberly Renée Goodman Scholarship by the Dance Department of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Cutillo had been recently accepted into the UNC_G department and, after a rigorous audition process, and was chosen for their Bachelor of Fine Arts program.


Ms. Cutillo has received many dance honors, including being accepted to and attending The International Dance Academy in conjunction with The International Ballet Competition, the Ballet Mississippi Summer Intensive, and two five-week summer intensives at The North Carolina School of the Arts. She also is an award-winning choreographer.


Northwestern Studios has been her dance home for Isabella’s entire life. Currently she is an Instructional Assistant, a dancer, and choreographer for the Northwestern Starz Performance Team. Ms. Cutillo states, “NWS has given me discipline and allowed me to grow in my love for dance. Wendy Fletcher and my mother, Courtney, have been my mentors in ballet along my whole journey, while Stacey Trivett and Shauna Godwin have helped to round out my dance experience. I’ve always been pushed to be the best I can be at NWS. I love the sense of community and the friends I have made through the studio. I’ve also spent many summers at various summer intensives like UNC School of the Arts and Ballet Mississippi and NWS prepared me to go out and do what I know best- dance.” Studio Director, Holly Roark states, “All of us at Northwestern Studios are very proud of Isabella. She is example of how hard work plus the great training our students receive can pay off. Isabella is a wonderful young woman and a beautiful dancer – a fine example for our younger students.”


Isabella is a graduating senior at Watauga High School where she has been active in the Student Council.


The Kimberly Renée Goodman Scholarship was established in 1985 in memory of Ms. Goodman, who was a talented dancer and, before her death, was to be a dance major at UNC-G. It is awarded by the UNC-G Dance Department to an incoming dance major and is renewable for all four years.