Right about now, many of you are a week or so into your summer intensives. You've probably begun to feel pretty comfortable—you've conquered the dining hall, established your friend group and picked your favorite (and least favorite...) classes and instructors. But before you get too settled in your routine, former New York City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan has some big-sisterly advice to share.
We all remember Kathryn, both from her epic rise through the ranks of NYCB and, more recently, from her super helpful online stage makeup tutorials. But this bunhead is so much more than a guru of glam; she's got tons of other great advice to share. And recently, she posted a 20-minute video where she offers suggestions for how to get the most out of your summer intensive.
You've probably heard most of her pointers before: eat well, take care of yourself, pay attention, absorb corrections, etc. But, let's be honest, you're a whole lot more likely to take advice from Kathryn than your mom. Right? (No offense, Mom!) I mean, girl knows how to work a summer intensive: Her second summer at School of American Ballet sparked her future career with NYCB, after all!
Still, the coolest part of the video (as far as we're concerned) is the beginning, where Kathryn shares some of her favorite summer course memories, along with a whole bunch of adorable throwback pics.
At 12, Kathryn Morgan (right) attended Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's summer course, where she became close friends with Miami City Ballet's Samantha Galler. D'awwwww.
The take home message: Professional dancers are just like you. They went to summer intensives when they were young, and they probably felt uncomfortable at first. But look how far they've come! (And think how far you'll go!!)
Watch the video, and then get more great advice on how to make lasting connections—with both friends and mentors—at your summer intensive this year.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.