Late Fall Update

Cameron Basden
November 18, 2014

The fall period has gone amazingly fast. The dance division is starting full run-throughs of Sleeping Beauty.  Younger dancers from the community have been coming regularly on Thursdays; the theater student courtiers have learned their roles and characters; and the whole ballet is starting to take shape. Now is the time for fine-tuning, details and bringing the story to life!

This has been a busy fall! Ailey II presented a really challenging and fun master class. It was great to see the very same people who had given the class in performance that evening. They came out after the performance to speak with the dancers and talk. The students enjoyed different aspects of the show and it was interesting to hear their thoughts afterwards.

College Day is also big event for us. Boston Conservatory, New World and George Mason came for the day to watch and meet the juniors and seniors. Kitty Daniels from Cornish gave a master class and Jodie Gates introduced her new dance program at USC with a master class and discussion. It was a real thrill for Jodie to stop by on her way across the country. 

Ballet classes, pointe classes, men’s class, pas de deux and modern classes have been on going. Fridays have been a mixture of composition class, somatics and an on-line dance history course called “Arthenia.” It is always amazing how fast the students become ensconced in the Interlochen world – and their techniques and artistry start growing and evolving!

Senior students continue to prep and rehearse for their senior concert presentation.  Some students are preparing for YAGP in February, and we are all anticipating what the next semester and intermester will bring.  For now, though, Sleeping Beauty is the priority. We are looking forward to a nice rest and a welcome break over Thanksgiving before the final stage rehearsals leading up to the performances.

 We hope to see you at the Sleeping Beauty performances!