“Behind The Curtain”–life and living as a professional dancer
Join us at the Academy at Terpsicorps for a remarkable event! BEHIND THE CURTAIN is a Question & Answer session featuring a panel of dance professionals from across the country. Geared towards aspring young dancers and their families, the talk will be fascinating for any dance fan who craves more knowledge of the dance form.
Following the talk will be a free int/adv ballet class from 4-530 with artistic director Heather Maloy, for any young dancers inspired by the event!
Joining us will be...
Robert Barnett, former dancer with NYC Ballet and former artistic director of the Atlanta Ballet. Barnett will talk from the perspective of an artistic director and world renowned ballet instructor, offering advice for young dancers on what strengths stand out most in an audition and what qualities help you climb the ranks in a company. See bio here.
Zachary Whittenburg, dance critic and writer for Dance Magazine, former dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, NC Dance Theatre and Hubbard St Dance Chicago. Zac will offer a very well rounded view of the dance world from classical ballet to contemporary to modern dance. His wealth of experience is an invaluable resource for those wanting to know how many options there are out there for finding work as a dancer, as well as job options related to dance but not as a performer. Bio below
Mel Tomlinson, former dancer with NYC Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Boston Ballet and NC Dance Theatre. Mel will offer advice on the importance of work ethic, and as one of the first African American stars of dance, the complexities of being a minority in the dance world. See bio here
Dayna Fox, current faculty member at UNC School of the Arts and former dancer with NC Dance Theatre. As an instructor at a highly competitive training ground for dancers, Dayna will share her expereinces as a judge at auditions, what schools are looking for and how to improve your chances of getting into summer programs and year round conservatories. See bio here
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Zachary Whittenburg spent ten years as a professional dancer with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Pacific Northwest Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet), in addition to freelance work with, among others, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Same Planet Different World, Lucky Plush Productions, and Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak, plus choreography and teaching. Dance Editor at Time Out Chicago from 2009–12, Whittenburg has written for numerous print and online publications, contributes regularly to Dance Magazine, is a panelist and guest speaker, and tweets @trailerpilot about contemporary culture and the performing arts. Now Associate Director of Marketing and Communication at Hubbard Street, he represents the company on the Chicago Dancemakers Forum consortium, is a member of the executive committee for the Chicago Dance History Project, chairs the marketing committee for Dance for Life Chicago, and serves on the artistic advisory council for High Concept Laboratories.