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AACC Dance Coordinator, Family Set Up Scholarship

March 18, 2011
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      At Anne Arundel Community College, untold numbers of aspiring dancers will benefit from the love that the late Leonard N. Plavin of Maine had for college dance, thanks to a new scholarship established in his name by his daughter, wife and sons.

      Plavin was both an avid supporter of college modern dance programs and a prolific dance photographer, taking more than 10,000 photographs at the hundreds of dance performances he attended in support of his wife Marcy Plavin. She directed the dance program at Bates College in Maine for 40 years, retiring as a renowned leader in the development and expansion of modern dance curricula and performance at the collegiate level.

      Daughter Lynda Fitzgerald of Annapolis, AACC coordinator of performing arts – dance, has touched the lives and shaped the dreams of countless county dancers. She started AACC’s award-winning Dance Company while working part time in college offices as a staff member. She was later promoted to a full-time position as the college’s first coordinator of performing arts – dance, charged with developing the college’s credit dance courses and helping launch an associate degree option in dance as program enrollment grew.

      Her father died on April 15, 2010, after a 50-year career as a prominent businessman in Lewiston. His extensive list of volunteer activities included membership on a dance panel for the National Endowment of the Arts.

      The Leonard N. Plavin Scholarship for Dance is an open fund, which means anyone in the community can donate to it. Students audition for the scholarship with the department; the award is based on ability.

      To qualify for consideration, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, be seeking a degree or certificate and reside in Anne Arundel County. Scholarship awards are managed by the AACC Foundation Inc. and will take place in spring. The first award is contingent on funding.

      To make a donation or for information, e-mail foundation@aacc.edu or call 410-777-2515 or visit www.aacc.edu/foundation.