School Buzz: Free Money For Summer Study
This summer, don’t let money keep you from dancing at your dream intensive. The Dance Council of North Texas is offering a total of more than $22,000 in summer-study scholarships for dancers ages 13 and up.
The committee will give at least 27 scholarships to dancers who specialize in ballet, modern, tap, Indian dance or musical theater. Scholarships consist of cash grants of $500 to $1,000, or tuition waivers (one valued at $4,000!) for specified programs. Dancers everywhere are invited to apply.
Applications are due on February 9, so don’t delay! You’ll need a letter of recommendation from a dance teacher, a headshot, a full-body dance shot, a video of you dancing and a copy of your recent report card (to show off your good grades!). For details, visit thedancecouncil.org. —Ashley Rivers
Looking for more dance cash? This month you can begin submitting your applications for the 2010 Harlequin Annual Dance Scholarship program. Past winners have taken home as much as $5,000! Visit harlequinfloors.com for details.
Hofstra Dance Celebrates 25 Years
Hofstra University recently invited four professional dancers, all alumni of its dance program, to perform at and create works for a concert celebrating the program’s 25th anniversary. At the November show, the dancers hit the stage with their own companies and choreographed for current Hofstra dance students.
Returning alumni were:
- Dina Denis (class of 2002), artistic director and president of Dance Into Light
- Larry Keigwin (class of 1994), artistic director of Keigwin + Company [featured in “Hot in Modern Dance,” p. 52]
- Salvatore LaRussa (class of 2000), artistic director and choreographer of Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre
- Makeda Thomas (class of 1999), dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Makeda Thomas/Roots & Wings Movement!
Keigwin tells DS he’s happy to have had the chance to work with his alma mater’s pupils. “I remember how impressed I was by visiting artists [when I was a student], and I can only hope I’m making a similarly positive impression,” he says.
Dance became a major at Hofstra, located in Hempstead, NY, in 1984. While the program initially focused on modern dance, it has since evolved to incorporate ballet, jazz and choreography into the mix. In terms of students, the program has grown exponentially since its inception—it started with only four students but today features 75 dance majors and 78 dance minors. —Colleen Bohen
Luca Veggetti Works With Purchase Dance Corps
Dancers at SUNY Purchase College will have the opportunity to embrace Japanese culture when they perform Luca Veggetti’s Xenakis and Japan on February 28. Veggetti’s work is set to “Oresteia,” by the Greek composer Iannis Xenakis, and uses principles of Greek and Japanese Noh theater (a combination of acrobatics, dancing and singing). “I was lucky enough to see troupes of Japanese Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku theater [when I was] traveling though Europe at a young age,” Veggetti says. “That led to a great curiosity about Japanese culture.”
Lara Mummert, a senior, has been working with the world-renowned choreographer since October 2009. “Veggetti’s choreography is like being in another world,” she says. “It looks like the dancers are just floating through space, almost as if there’s no struggle.”
Veggetti has choreographed for the Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and many others. —Brianne Carlon
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽