March 13, 2016

During the college audition process, my eyes were opened to a world of dance I hadn’t known before. I came from a studio that raised me. Parents were forbidden from playing a major role and certain aspects of the dance world were not disclosed. Of course, I was aware o...

February 28, 2016

Right now, most dancers in my department can be found scurrying about with applications and scholarships for summer intensive programs. From the day we enter, we’re reminded that connections are everything. Someone once told me that Robert Battle was stalked by a dance...

February 21, 2016

When I was little, my three older sisters and I would line up on the stairs leading to our bedrooms and perform “So Long Farewell” from the Sound of Music. I know what you’re thinking. That must’ve been the cutest thing ever and my parents must’ve loved it. Truthfully…...

January 24, 2016

When I was in high school, I attended a football-crazed school that neglected to show much support for the arts. Despite prodding from arts advocates in the area, our school (though ranked high) lacked an auditorium and had minimal funding for the visual and performing...

January 3, 2016

When I was a sophomore in high school, my dance company, the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble sent me along with a small delegate group to perform in Jordan. It was through a partnership with ArtReach, a non-profit based in Atlanta, GA that parallels our ideals rega...

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