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Life as a Summer Intensive RA

by Andrea D'Annunzio

Movie Night!

Last night we had “movie night” for the Summer Intensive students, and took over the Garden Theater downtown to screen “Joffrey: Mavericks of Dance.” It was so great to get everybody together from our different campuses, and to see so many faculty members, long-time supporters and members of the local community. The movie was a wonderful celebration of Mr. Joffrey and his long-reaching influence on American dance.

Alum Meghan Salviejo reflects and joins the marketing team

Walking into the New Brunswick studio of American Repertory Ballet this summer is a surreal, yet nostalgic experience. I look around me and everything is the same, but curiously different since I became an alumni about two years ago. After dancing with ARB for eight years of my life, I can confidently say that I was very fortunate and grateful to have the opportunity of experiencing a lifestyle most people never get to see.

The Power of Community

July—what a great month! This is the month when I most feel the strength of the bonds of friendship and community that dance can form. I was so struck by it this morning, just walking from the studios, where happy groups of students are laughing and talking as they warm up, to the faculty lounge, where the teachers and accompanists are catching up with each other and renewing friendships from years of teaching and guesting here.

On the Economics of Art and Business

As we conclude the final push for our “spring appeal”, I thought I’d reflect a bit on fundraising.  I was recently asked, at a dinner party, “Why do you waste so much time fundraising?” After a deep breath, I launched into the reasoning that ticket sales and other earned revenue only cover a small portion of what it costs to run all our programs. About how we need people to invest in our mission for the return of seeing our programs thrive, not to see that return in a monetary form.

One Year Ends, the Next Begins

One of the gods in the ancient Roman pantheon was Janus, who faced back towards the year ending and ahead towards the year beginning simultaneously—surely an easy trick for any trained dancer!

Making the Most of Your SI Experience

This past fall, I wrote this article for Pointe magazine (click here) about choosing which summer intensive programs you want to audition for or attend based on your goal, or “dance resolutions”.  Hopefully, you’re excited about your choice and looking forward to a summer of growth.  I think the #1 way to find chances to grow and meet your dance resolutions at any SI is keep a positive attitude, an open mind, and a willingness to implement new feedback.

ARB Dancer Edward Urwin on the dramatic challenges of R+J

My fellow dancers and I are in the midst of our final few days of preparation for our Celebration! program, which will premiere scenes from Douglas Martin’s adaptation of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Although all ballets contain emotional drive and acting, Romeo and Juliet is unique because it is deep and complex in its narrative. It is far from your straightforward romance.


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