Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship Formed at Joffrey Academy

Eric B. Eatherly
Eric B. Eatherly

A beloved member of Chicago’s dance community, writer and publicist Eric B. Eatherly was a champion for dance until his untimely death at age 35 in a car accident December 29, 2014. Eatherly performed for Hedwig Dances and Same Planet Different world, among others, before transitioning to writing. In 2008, Eatherly joined The Silverman Group, a publicity firm representing a number of high profile clients in the arts.

To honor his memory and continue his legacy, Eric’s partner Jay Leibovitz and mother Nancy Follis worked to create a scholarship at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago.  Donations to the Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship Fund support one year’s tuition for pre-professional male dancer at the Academy, selected annually by Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater.

“Eric lived each day of his short life generally happy because he followed his passions.  Primary among his passions was dance; and, whether through dancing, writing about dance or promoting dance, Eric sought to spread the happiness he derived through dance with others.  If Eric can’t be here to continue to so spread his happiness, it is important to me that his memory live on to inspire like-passionate individuals to follow in his footsteps -- to live as happily as he did, to spread their happiness with others and to dance,” said Leibovitz.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, visit and include “Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship Fund” in the Notes field; call 312-386-8974; or mail check to The Joffrey Ballet, 10 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 Attn: Development Department. Checks should be made out to The Joffrey Ballet and note Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship Fund on the Memo line.  

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