Directly following our Revisit Day “Opportunity Fair”, the Dance Ensemble departed for an opportunity of their own: a two day excursion to New York City to train in the heart of the “dance capital of the world.” Ten students, traveling with Arts Chair and dance program head Jenny Foreman and Associate Director of Admissions Teresa Imhoff, arrived in midtown Manhattan Friday afternoon and started their NYC experience with a dance masterclass taught by Foreman’s long-time friend, Rachel Feinerman. Feinerman, who regularly teaches and performs in the city, exposed the Ensemble to the Simonson Jazz technique, a style that pays special attention to anatomical alignment and how that awareness aids in the dancers’ freedom. One student wrote, “I learned so much about being stable [in a balance] from the class.”
“I was so proud of each dancer for pushing herself and embracing the whole experience. It was also a great chance for our group to bond and gain inspiration as we head in to the busy season of preparing for our end of year Mayfair performances.”
- Arts Chair, Jenny Foreman
Students were immediately able to test some of that new awareness on Saturday, as each enrolled in 2-3 open classes at Broadway Dance Center. Classes included: Hip Hop/Funk, Contemporary Jazz Fusion, Jumps and Turns, Tap, Ballet, and African. Training in a pre-professional studio, amongst dance enthusiasts and working dancers, gave our Dublin students the opportunity to both shine and be in over their heads! Learning from new teachers and trying on new movement vocabularies has a large impact on a dancer. One can discover new things about themselves, both new affinities and new challenges. It was a weekend “filled with sweat and fun” exclaimed one student. You could literally feel the hard work oozing out of the hot studios, sometimes packed with up to 40 dancers.
The trip was not without a little “razzle dazzle.” On Friday night, the Ensemble had the excellent treat of attending a performance of the acclaimed Broadway show Chicago, choreographed by the iconic Bob Fosse. The show featured seasoned Broadway performers who infused every dance step with commitment and character, and the dance was truly integral to the storytelling.