LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts celebrates student acceptance into competitive dance training programs as the school year draws to a close.
Under the direction of Tiffany Rea-Fisher, the Lake Placid School of Dance at LPCA ushered in a new model of dance education, in which a New York-based modern dance company, EMERGE125 (formerly Elisa Monte Dance or EMD) , runs the school in Lake Placid. Thanks to the support, expanded artistic network and encouragement of a professional dance company, this year’s students have been accepted into more competitive programs than ever before:
¯ Juliana DeChavez (Level 5): Washington Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Atlanta Ballet
¯ Kylie Rohrbach (Level 5): Dance Theater of Harlem, American Ballet Theater, Washington Ballet
¯ Allyson Germain (Level 5): Bolshoi NYC, training throughout the year at the Nutmeg Conservatory
¯ Lexi Coffin (Level 4A): ABT, Carolina Ballet
Alexys Vincent (Level 4A): American Ballet Theater, Carolina Ballet
¯ Emma VanWeelden (Level 4B): Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet 2-week August program
¯ Annelise Dramm (Level 4B): American Ballet Theater
Aurora Brunner (Level 3): American ballet theater
Rea-Fisher says summer programs are a pivotal time in the development of each dancer as they allow for a more intensive focus on dance while providing exposure to professional dancers from around the world who can share a diversity of thoughts, styles and methods of training. With that in mind, LPSD faculty spent more time and effort mentoring students as they researched the best programs for their goals. The faculty encouraged students to research every aspect of a program and helped create the perfect setting for a multitude of virtual auditions. Allowing students to show off their skills with the Dance School’s studios as a backdrop, instructors orchestrated each audition, setting up everything from cameras to hair and makeup, and stood ready to provide support. throughout the process.
During a difficult year, EMD was able to maintain the consistency of the curriculum by continuing to teach online when COVID-19 restrictions first began, and later safely resuming in-person classes.
“Having different teachers made me realize how open and willing a dancer has to be for change” Student Juliana DeChavez, of Saranac Lake, said in a press release. “Changes happen all the time in dance, and seeing my teachers adapt so easily to these changes really inspired me to try and have a more open mindset. … Overall, the faculty of EMD has helped me so much to grow as a dancer and inspired me to try and keep improving.