The Boston Conservatory Launches Musical Theater Dance Intensive
Are you a Broadway-baby-to-be? Head to Beantown this summer for The Boston Conservatory’s new musical theater dance intensive. Broadway veterans and conservatory graduates Nick Adams and Noah Racey will be teaching master classes. Dancers between ages 15 and 25 can submit an audition video online through May 6.
Though there will be some vocal and acting instruction, the program will focus primarily on dance. In addition to master classes, attendees will be treated to ballet, jazz, theater dance, voice and acting classes taught by conservatory faculty and alumni.
The intensive will be held in the school’s newly opened theater complex from July 17–August 6. For application info, visit bostonconservatory.edu/mtdance.
Youth America Grand Prix Hosts First Job Fair
After the awards have been handed out at this month’s Youth America Grand Prix finals in NYC, the competitors will have an extra chance to impress potential employers. YAGP is calling the new venture a “job fair,” and it has invited artistic directors and industry professionals representing more than 200 top ballet companies from around the world to observe a special audition class on March 23. (The finals are March 17–22.) The class, which will feature both classical and contemporary ballet, will be open to all current and past YAGP finalists, ages 16 and up.
YAGP awards more than $250,000 in annual scholarships to leading dance schools around the world. “One of the best ways to get into a dance company is to attend a school affiliated with that organization, so we’ve been indirectly helping dancers get jobs through our scholarships since the beginning,” Sergey Gordeev, YAGP’s director of public relations and external affairs, tells DS. “But we’ve realized that many of our finalists are ready for professional employment when they come to the competition.” YAGP hopes this new job fair will provide career opportunities for such dancers. For details, visit yagp.org.
CPYB's Dylan Cobb Receives Jerome Robbins Foundation Scholarship
Seventeen-year-old Dylan Cobb is studying dance with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet tuition-free for the entire year, thanks to the new CPYB Jerome Robbins Scholarship. The $8,000 scholarship was established after CPYB was awarded a grant from the Jerome Robbins Foundation earlier this year.
CPYB CEO Alan Hineline tells DS that Dylan, currently in his third year at the school, was selected for the award because: “He sets the tone for the whole school with the way that he behaves and through his work ethic. He’s a great example of how we like our students to work and just be as people.”
Dylan says the award motivates him to continue working toward his goal of dancing in a professional company. “It inspires me to work even harder,” he says.
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Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring's sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
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.