Chandler Braley Memorial Dance Scholarship
Chandler Lee Braley was born April 25, 1983, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Chandler was an honor student in local schools, an accomplished violinist and a talented actor who inspired many people with his love of the arts. He started dance classes at the age of 4 and joined the North Star Ballet when he was 5, continuing to dance there until he was 16.
Chandler’s theatrical forays included appearances as Bernardo in West Side Story, Colin in The Secrete Garden and Tulsa in Gypsy. He earned many awards for excellence in violin, dance, voice and writing. Chandler went to Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts as a junior, and that year he performed in the New York Gala at Lincoln Center. While at the school, he was a member of the Gold Key Honor Society and was elected to the Cum Laude Society, one of the highest honors Walnut Hill bestows upon its students.
At the University of Alaska Anchorage, Chandler continued to soar as a dancer and choreographer. In his senior year, along with being an active and treasured member of the university’s dance department, he directed student ensembles and danced with them to great acclaim at the 2005 American College Dance Festival.
Chandler was a charismatic, loving young man with many friends whose lives were changed by his infectious enthusiasm for the arts. As one friend put it, “Chandler will always be remembered dearly as a wonderful artist with a truly warm heart.”
Chandler passed away in 2006 at the age of 22. His commitment to dance lives on with the Chandler Braley Memorial Dance Scholarship.
Photo courtesy of the Braley Family and Walnut Hill School of Arts Alumni Magazine.