School Buzz: A Peachy Partnership
Georgia’s Kennesaw State University and Atlanta Ballet are partnering up—in dance education. Company members from Atlanta Ballet and students at their Centre for Dance Education will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance at KSU. And participants in the program can receive course credit for professional experience, allowing them to pursue their dance and academic careers simultaneously!
On the flip side, undergraduate KSU dance students will not only get discounts to Atlanta Ballet performances, classes and events, but will also have opportunities to audition for roles that would provide them with professional performance experience. Internships will also be offered at Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education.
Celebrating John Lennon
Last spring, the National Dance Institute paid tribute to legendary Beatle, John Lennon. More than 200 young dancers from NDI’s advanced programs, all from NYC public schools, performed at the 32nd annual gala, [ital: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of John Lennon]. Performances at the NOKIA Theatre in Times Square included Lennon’s songs “Imagine,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Here Comes the Sun,” and also featured professional musicians and singers. Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, accepted the 2009 Global Health and Hope Award via video message. Terrence Mann, who starred in the original production of [ital: Lennon] on Broadway in 2005, emceed the event.
Harlequin Scholarships Awarded
There’s a good chance that at some point in your dance career, you’ve danced on an American Harlequin dance floor. The company is a world leader in performing arts floors. Every year it awards scholarships to young dancers across the U.S. (so far they’ve honored 156 dancers!). In 2009, a whopping total of $25,000 was divided among these 20 up-and-comers, chosen at random from a pool of nominees:
- Amanda Nazario (Seaford, NY)
- Kelby Sankey (Zionsville, IN)
- Stephanie Wendling (Linthicum, MD)
- Tessa Netting (Pottstown, PA)
- Caitlin Hobson (Graham, TX)
- Jennifer Orosz (Shakopee, MN)
- Lucero Neri (Dallas, TX)
- Allison Grier (Pensacola, FL)
- Brittney Feit (North Babylon, NY)
- Lauren Vermilion (Fayetteville, AR)
- Victoria Mosca (Columbus, NJ)
- Julienna Palladino (Edison, NJ)
- Tessa Salomone (Sugar Land, TX)
- Leslie Nzeakor (Mesquite, TX)
- Sara Coombs (Bristol, CT)
- Jaimie Albanese (North Babylon, NY)
- Megan Riddle (Milton, VT)
- Jennie Vasilik (Fogelsville, PA)
- Lauren Zaleta (Newtown Square, PA)
- Samantha Jefferis (Tampa, FL)
For your chance to win, visit harlequinfloors.com!
From Graduation to Giordano
Congratulations to The University of Arizona student, Joshua Blake Carter, who was offered a position with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago’s second company, Giordano II, upon graduation. In the summers of 2006 and 2008, Carter trained on scholarship with the company. An active choreographer as well, he won Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s national choreography competition, dancemakers2.0, and was commissioned to choreograph a ballet for the company, which will premiere in September.
Carter says that the best decision he’s made as a dancer was going to college. “Dancers should take full advantage of all of the resources available to them in a college or university setting,” he says. He also advises dancers to form key relationships before graduation. “Research companies that interest you,” he says. “If there’s an opportunity to take a workshop or participate in a summer intensive—do it! When you audition for a job, artistic directors are looking for people they know, can trust and are easy to work with.”
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.
Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.