The PULSE Ends With a Bang
2012-13 Elite Protégé J'Loni Jones in "I Am Woman"
The PULSE on Tour definitely knows how to put on a good show. And yesterday’s Final Night Gala was no exception. The faculty—essentially a who’s who of the choreography world—set the tone by rocking out in the front row while dancers of all ages ruled the stage in a series of phenomenal group routines. It was hard to believe they’d all just learned the numbers this weekend! A standout of the night was 2012-13 Elite Protégé J’Loni Jones performing her solo, “I Am Woman,” which completely blew the audience away. (Click here to watch.) And guest performances by Dana Foglia Dance, R.E.D. (Rhapsody En Dance) and “Dancing with the Stars” favorites Illuminate rounded out the night.
Of course, the big moment came at the end of the show when the 2013-14 Elite Protégés were announced. Emotions ran high as last year's group handed over their titles (and pretty sweet sweatsuits) to the newly-minted Elites. These 13 dancers scored a yearlong scholarship to The Pulse, including airfare and accommodations, plus the chance to assist the faculty in cities across the country.
Intermediate Elite Protégés: Kerrynton Jones, Larsen Thompson, Sean Lew and Trinity Inay
Advanced Elite Protégés: Jake Landgrebe, Connor Gormley, Dominique Battiste, Amara Barner and Jalen Preston
Pro Elite Protégés: Zach Hudson, Robert Green, Dani Millon and Benjamin Ritter
Congratulations, dancers! We can’t wait to see what you do next.
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