Myrtle Beach teenager offered scholarship to Julliard

Anson Zwingelberg

A Myrtle Beach teenager has accomplished something only handful of other male dancers around the world do every year, he's been accepted to the Julliard School in New York City, a distinguished arts school.

Anson Zwingelberg is one of only 12 other male dancers across the globe to be accepted into Julliard this coming fall.

"I was actually very speechless when I got that first phone call," said Zwingelberg.

He said it's humbling, but the road to Zwingelberg's success didn't come without hard work. He started dancing at five years old and is currently studying at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, where he practices and performs five hours a day nearly seven days a week.

"Once I'm on the stage I'm in a complete dance mindset, and it's like I'm in the studio, it's like I'm in my bedroom by myself, it's just performing, sharing my art for other people," he explained.

But Zwingelberg said there are other factors going into his decision to accept the offer. One being Julliard is a modern-based program.

"I spent the last four years of my life training very strictly in classical ballet, so it's definitely going to be a hard decision to make to change over to more of a modern career," he said.

Zwingelberg said he hopes he inspires others to achieve their dreams.

"Sometimes you have to work your hardest, you have to try, sometimes you're going to fail but in the end success comes from hard work," he added.

There are very few male dancers out there, sometimes making it hard to fit in.

"A lot of people sometimes don't follow their dreams and visions because they feel like they have to be part of the norm and that he stayed focus for this many years in something that most guys don't do is incredible," said Ron Zwingelberg, Anson's father.

Zwingelberg said his decision to accept the offer has to be made by July, but he said he's pretty set on going. Saturday afternoon the school sent him an email offering him a $36,000 scholarship.