The American Dance Festival (ADF) 2016, New York City Winter Intensive

thumbnail_img_6969 img_6991 img_6980 img_0035This past winter break I attend the American Dance Festival (ADF) 2016, New York City Winter Intensive. The ADF Winter Intensive held in Manhattan, NY offered nine intense days of classes, panels, performances, and more. This program was an amazing opportunity for me to experience life in a city that I want to one day live in, network, study dance with an excellent faculty and view various dance performances.

This was one of the most positively influential experiences of my life. I got a better idea of what it’s like working in this city as a contemporary dancer. Prior to this endeavor, I wasn’t sure if NYC was the place for me but now I am sure. This was my first time visiting NYC and I totally fell in love with the atmosphere there. After embarking on this experience, I have realized that I truly am meant to be in this field as an innovative artist.

The intensive was held in the studios of the phenomenal Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the top dance companies in the world, and has been for many years. I was honored to dance in such a sacred space.

The highlight of my experience was attending an open rehearsal for the Bill T. Jones/ Arine Zane Dance Company. This company is also one of the leading in the world. Bill T. Jones is a famous dance icon, so the privilege of being in his presence and witnessing his company’s rehearsal process was amazing. This was truly a moment that I will never forget.

My STEP experience enabled me to expand upon and further develop my creative and artistic passion for dance. Over the course of the festival, I studied each day with the American Dance Festival’s diverse faculty, extraordinary musicians, and vivacious student body creating rewarding, life-changing experiences that can only yield from intense, artistic training. I aspire to have a fulfilling professional career as a choreographer, dance educator and performer after graduating from The Ohio State University. I am a constantly evolving artist, yearning to contribute to the field in my own way as a choreographer and performer. This experience definitely helped expand my abilities to achieve these goals.