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Local Students Accepted into Summer Dance

Local Students Accepted into Summer Dance

The Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company announces that a number of Company and Company II members were accepted into several prestigious summer dance intensives.
These summer programs allow the dancers to further develop their ballet technique and performance skills by devoting hours each day to technique and pointe classes, as well as other in jazz, modern, and learning repertoire. Some programs culminate in a performance at the end of full session. Dancers may need to attend a minimum numbers of weeks in order to participate. Some are formal performances and others are held in the dance studios. One program stages a new performance each and every week so regardless of the number of weeks a dancer attends everyone has the opportunity to perform. And The Edinburgh Connection, which is associated with Burklyn Ballet Theatre takes a group of 25-30 dancers to perform an original ballet at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh Scotland. Most programs take dancers no younger than twelve with the oldest ranging from eighteen to mid twenties depending on the program.
Once accepted the dancer and the family must decide if attendance at the summer intensive is appropriate for the dancer taking into consideration the dancer's maturity both as a dancer and a young person as well as the family budget and other summer plans. Although most intensives offer some scholarships only the very top dancers, especially males receive them. Most intensives offer sessions of two, three, four, or six weeks in length.
Each program has things that make them unique but attendance at all of them is determined by a process of an audition tour that crosses the United States. Staff and faculty from each intensive visit a variety of U.S. cities and hold an audition class in each. Audition tours may cover anywhere from a dozen to over two dozen cities with hundreds or even thousands of dancers auditioning for the limited number of spaces available. Some intensives also permit a dancer to submit a video audition if the audition tour does not come to city close to their home.
Jennifer Bell, a senior at North Hagerstown High School, Sonja Brigham, a sophomore at Smithsburg High School, and Krystyna Thomas a freshman at Smithsburg High School and all full Company members were accepted to Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, The Edinburgh Connection in Scotland, and Joffrey Ballet in New York City. All three will attend the Joffrey Intensive. In addition Jennifer was accepted to college level dance programs at Goucher College, Philadelphia University, and Towson University and Krystyna was accepted to the Joffrey Jazz Intensive 2007.
Alexis Cavey, full Company member and a junior at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, was accepted to and will attend Burklyn Ballet Theatre and The Edinburgh Connection in Scotland.
Katie Colbert, full Company and a sophomore at Greencastle-Antrim High School, was accepted to the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in New York City.
Katie Miller, a member of Company II and an eighth grader at Smithsburg Middle School, was selected for Burklyn Ballet Theatre and as an alternate for The Edinburgh Connection in Scotland.
Kelsy Rupp, a full Company member and freshman at Williamsport High School, was accepted to and will attend Burklyn Ballet Theatre's summer program for two weeks. She was also selected as an alternate to the The Edinburgh Connection with Burklyn.
Emily Seiler, apprentice to Company II and a Northern Middle School seventh grader, was accepted to The Rock School's summer program.
Artistic Director Lauran Clowser notes that whether or not the dancers are able to attend the summer program the audition process itself is very valuable. It gives the dancers the opportunity to experience the audition process, meet dancers from other areas of the country, and to take a class with some of the very best instructors in the country.
PCYBC will stage their Tenth Anniversary Celebration Performance on Saturday June 9, 2007 at 7:30 PM at The Maryland Theatre. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at The Maryland Theatre Box Office. The program will include a new work set on the Company by Artistic Director Lauran Clowser as well as some favorites from the Company repertoire. Also performing will be former recipients of the Lauran Clowser Scholarship. A special tribute to the founding of the Company is also planned.
The Company is inviting all former members, staff, and choreographers to be a part of the celebration. Please contact the board at

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