In honour of Peggy's life and love of dance, the Peggy Hawkins Scholarships are awarded annually to recipients selected on the basis of their technical skill, choreographic potential or contribution to school life. As well as providing the students with financial support, enabling them to complete their studies and take advantage of performance and workshop opportunities around the world, the students also receive invaluable advice and guidance from Anthony and Pernille. Both alumni of London Contemporary Dance School, Anthony has had an incredibly successful career as a West End choreographer and Pernille teaches dance regularly.
Current students benefitting from Peggy Hawkins Scholarships are Joshua Attwood, Jie Ying Nah, Zsofi Liszkai, Lewis Cooke, Bethany Edwards, Anders Engebretsen, Alethia Antonia, Reece McMahon and Olivia Sewell. Past scholars are James Chapman, Leanne Vincent, Sara Augieras, Micha Baltman, Parsifal Hurst, Mari Helena Colbert, Poh Hian Chia, Francis Johnson, Kit Brown, Eleni Papaioannou, Hannah Anderson-Ricketts, Alex Gotch, Nerea Gurrutxaga Arruti, Declan Whitaker, Ellis Saul, Antonin Chediny, Laura Lorenzi and Jordan Ajadi.
On receiving her scholarship, recipient Zsofi Liszkai said:
I cannot begin to say how grateful I am for being awarded this scholarship. It means a lot to me and it is also huge help financially.
Peggy Hawkins alumni continue to develop exciting careers. Companies they have worked with include EDge (the postgraduate performance company of London Contemporary Dance School), Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, National Dance Company Wales, Protein Dance, Scottish Dance Theatre, The Human Expression (T.H.E) Company, Singapore and Skånes Dansteater, Sweden. Others are teaching and choreographing around the world.
The annual Peggy Hawkins Scholarship performance and reception was held on 18 May 2016 in the theatre at The Place. The evening featured a new work specially created for the event by Anthony Van Laast with Peggy Hawkins alumnus Parsifal Hurst. This featured alongside performances from EDge, the postgraduate performance company, BA3 students performing Richard Alston repertoire and a beautiful piece of choreography from two second years. Guests were joined by Peggy Hawkins scholars and alumni for drinks and conversation following the performance.