School of Nashville Ballet accepted 15 young dancers from Cobb County to participate in its Summer Intensive program, where they spent part of their summer developing their ballet technique and performance skills at the official School of Nashville Ballet. Dancers from Cobb County include:
♦ Audrey Bauer who studies at Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance and attends High Tower Trail Middle
♦ Megan Bunkley who studies at Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theater at Georgia Dance Conservatory and attends Griffin Middle School
♦ Vivian Dabbs who studies at Dancer’s Studio Backstage and Atlanta Dance Theatre
♦ Avery Fawley who studies at Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance/Roswell Dance Theatre and attends Webb Bridge Middle School
♦ Emma Harrah who studies at Metropolitan Ballet Theater and attends Cornerstone Prep Academy
♦ Erin Hazelwood who studies at North Georgia School of Ballet and attends Chamblee Charter High School
♦ Heather Jolley
♦ Jordan Larsen who studies at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and attends Georgia Connections Academy
♦ Ashley Marlin who studies at Atlanta Academy of Ballet and Dance and attends Paulding Virtual Academy
♦ Ella McDaniel who studies at Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance and attends Northwestern Middle School
♦ Morgan Moore who studies at Georgia Dance Conservatory at Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theater and attends Westminster
♦ Hannah Mary Moulton who studies at Roswell Dance Theatre and attends Hightower Middle School
♦ Jordan Sosnovsky who studies at North Atlanta Dance Academy and attends The Walker School
♦ Colette Tilinski who studies at Metropolitan Ballet Theater and just graduated from Fellowship Christian High School
♦ Kiley White who studies at Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance and attends Johnson Ferry Christian Academy
Students had the chance to train with Nashville Ballet’s internationally recognized teachers and guest faculty, as well as be seen by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling.
“Summer Intensive allows young dancers to dedicate themselves exclusively to growing their skills during a short, focused amount of time, often in a new environment away from home,” Nick Mullikin, Director of School of Nashville Ballet, said. “Students dance around 40 hours a week in a wide variety of styles so they’re able to improve their technique and artistry significantly from the time they enter the studio from the time they leave.”
This past summer, Nashville Ballet offered seven Summer Intensive sessions for ages 11 and over, ranging from one to five weeks. Students had the opportunity to board at nearby Belmont University in suite-style apartments, offering them a taste of independent living.
“Students attend Summer Intensive to gain the competitive edge in their future training and careers, but what they oftentimes don’t realize is the life skills they’re gaining at the same time,” Mullikin said. “They’re becoming more independent, developing incredible work ethic and becoming more confident both inside and outside the studio. They leave growing not only as dancers, but also as people.”
For more information on Nashville Ballet’s Summer Intensive, visit www.nashvilleballet.com/siinfo.