Ballet Hispánico dancer Gabrielle Sprauve understands firsthand the major impact teachers of color can have on a young black dancer's career. Over the course of her training, she had two teachers in particular who left a lifelong impression on her dancing. Here, she shares some of her experiences.
The decision to go to college is often difficult for aspiring professional dancers to make, but for Zoey Anderson, attending Marymount Manhattan College made all the difference in achieving her goals. Aside from the great education that she says honed her technique and refined her artistry, Anderson was able to meet MMC Dance Department chair, Katie Langan, who was instrumental in helping her book her first post-college job with Parsons Dance.
When new Cats swing Dani Spieler was dancing at Central Park Dance Academy as a kid, her teacher Maria Bai got her to realize how important ballet technique was to her future.
Before joining the ensemble of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Broadway dancer Mary Page Nance learned how to take her dancing to the next level from Pam Turner at Richmond Dance Center.
After joining Heidi Latsky Dance in 2007, Meredith Fages expanded her dynamic range as a performer under Latsky's mentorship.
When MOMIX's Rebecca Rasmussen was studying at Moorpark College in California, her professors Dennon and Sayhber Rawles gave her the confidence she needed to pursue a career in dance.
Before joining RIOULT Dance NY in 2015, Corinna Lee Nicholson learned what a privilege it is to be a dancer from her professor, Myra Woodruff.