Boston Conservatory Dancer Named a Beyoncé’s Formation Scholar

Sadiya Ramos is a sophomore studying dance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music.


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Sadiya Ramos has been announced as the Beyoncé’s Formation Scholar at Berklee. A sophomore studying dance at the Boston Conservatory, she began dancing at the age of six in New York with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. In the years since, Ramos has performed at the Kennedy Center, the White House, and the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles.

During her senior year of high school in New York, Ramos collaborated with hip-hop artist MoNL Music to perform in peaceful protest of police brutality. This summer, she is training in San Fransisco at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet before returning to Boston to continue her studies.

Female students studying creative arts, music, literature, or African American studies at Berklee College of Music, Parsons School of Design, Spellman College, or Howard University were eligible for the award. Students wrote short essays on how Beyoncé’s Lemonade inspired their education to apply.

“Sadiya’s energy and talent knows no limits, and I know she will continue to excel as a dancer and artist as a student, and in the future,” said Cathy Young, Executive Director of Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Ramos will recieve a $25,000 award on behalf of Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music. She and the other three recipients are the first to receive the scholarship.

Of receiving the award, Ramos said, “Beyoncé’s artistry and determination has inspired me as a dancer, and I plan to pay tribute and expound on her legacy at the Conservatory with this scholarship.”