School Buzz: Musical Theather at The Boston Conservatory
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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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer