Guest artists help Arts Academy dancers get off on the right foot

October 14, 2016

Dance’s busy first month included four guest artists and preparations for two performances.

Dance has been preparing new works from Justin Koertgen, Matthew Lindstrom and Nicola Conraths-Lange along with rehearsing a selection from the classical ballet La Bayadere to include in the “Collage” program. Preparations have also begun for a brand new staging of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty.

The Department of Dance also welcomed four guest artists. Ballet masters Carlos Lopez and Arturo Fernandez, of the American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet respectively, taught master classes to the students. Michael Spencer Phillips, an instructor of dance at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and professional dancer at Pascal Rilout Modern Dance Company, returned to campus for several weeks to create and teach his original choreography for the spring dance concert. The studio also hosted Dr. Ashley Doyle-Lucas, a nutrition expert for pre-professional dancers and athletes, who advised the students on proper nutrition for dancers.