Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dancers from Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts in Hamilton join international ballet company tour.

Five students in the pre-professional training program at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts in Hamilton will have the opportunity of a lifetime this week, as they take the stage with some of today's most celebrated ballet artists.

After placing in the top twelve Ensembles at the International finals of the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition in 2010, the MCPA students were invited to travel with the inaugural tour of "Ballet Grand Prix", featuring the stars of American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Berlin State Opera Ballet, La Scala Ballet, and other international ballet companies.

The dancers will present a piece titled "The Winner Is", with original choreography by Maeghan McHale. Ms. McHale is also the featured choreographer for the tour, and the MCPA students are thrilled to have the opportunity to present her work in such a prestigious venue.

The dancers are Kayla McKibben, Cassidy Stout, Sammie Terzi, Miranda Wienecke, and Lindsey Williams.  They range in age from 14 to 17, and train 6 days per week at MCPA. They will leave from New York City with performances in Vermont and Massachussets before returning home to Hamilton. 

In 2009, MCPA was ranked fifth on the list of the top 50 dance studios in North America by Dancer Magazine, and in the past few years has gained recognition in the dance world as being one of the leading training centers for ballet and contemporary dance on the East Coast.