We were fortunate to be able to see former student Daniel Mantei Keene perform in ABT’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Metropolitan Opera House on July 5, 2010. It was wonderful to see Daniel dancing on such a magnificent stage in such an outstanding production. Daniel looked wonderful, as usual.
When we were visiting with Daniel, he was telling us how he was auditioning to choreograph a piece for ABT later that week. Well, Daniel was selected to be one of four dancers, out of 17 that auditioned (including a couple of principal dancers), to choreograph a piece for American Ballet Theatre. The choreography will have its World Premiere at The Innovation Initiative, a one-night-only benefit for ABT at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 12, 2010. We are so excited for Daniel to have this opportunity. He has always wanted to choreograph and to do so on his fellow company dancers is an amazing accomplishment. We are so proud of you, Daniel. Here is a link to see what he is doing: http://www.abt.org/contactus/enews/innovationinitiative.asp
The recital was a resounding success. We are so proud of our students and teachers. They did an outstanding job and had a great performance. Thank you to everyone who helped back stage and out front!!
We have several senior girls leaving us in 2010. As of this posting, this is where they will be headed: Claire Hackman will be attending Notre Dame in the fall. She was also accepted into Joffrey Ballet’s Summer Workshop in New York; Geneinde’ Taylor-Edwards was awarded scholarships to Austin College and Baylor University and will attend Drexel University. Sarah Hammonds was accepted into UT Austin, TCU, Cornish and Long Island University, but will be attending Sam Houston State University majoring in dance and business. Stephanie Stewart was also accepted into several colleges, including SMU, and summer dance programs, and will be attending Boston University. We are so proud of our seniors!
Mr. Ozsoy will be doing his usual 2 weeks in Shreveport and 8 weeks at Joffrey New York.