Sunday, October 23, 2016


Tyler Gilstrap conducted a one-week choreography residency setting a new work of choreography on the AM Dancers and restaging "Turbulent Wake." Both pieces will be performed in the Fine Arts Center Dance Concert May 4 and 5, 2017.

"Turbulent Wake" 

Cailey Campbell and Jack Beaule

Tyler Gilstrap currently lives in New York City and was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company (2001-2010), under the direction of Robert Battle. She earned her BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University.
Tyler Gilstrap with PM Dancers giving notes

Tyler Gilstrap with Leila Carroll

Tyler Gilstrap with AM Dancers

Tyler Gilstrap working individually with the dancers giving suggestions and corrections.

Rehearsal setting new piece of choreography with AM Dancers
Tyler Gilstrap with 8 AM Dancers following master class

David Ingram Teaches Ballet Master Class

David Ingram, Assistant Professor of Dance at East Carolina University

Dancers Ellen Kilby and Rachel Mack with David Ingram

The afternoon dancers had a ballet master class with David Ingram. He received his
BFA in Dance from Butler University and performed with the North Carolina Dance Theatre and the Louisville Ballet in Kentucky.

Callie Thackston with David Ingram
Selah Boughner (right) and Peyton Lemen (left)

Meg Brooker: Master Class in Duncan Technique

Meg Brooker, Guest Artist teaching master class
Artist Biography:

"Meg Brooker is a Tennessee-based Isadora Duncan dance artist and Assistant Professor of Dance at Middle Tennessee State University. As a Duncan dancer, Meg has performed in national and international venues including The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Art Monastery (Italy), Erata Museum of Contemporary Art (St. Petersburg), American Center of Moscow, PROJEKT Fabrika (Crimea), among others. Meg is founder and and steering committee member of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium and a former member of Lori Belilove and Company, Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, New York."

Meg Brooker with Leila Carroll

"Meg Brooker is a dance maker and performer with a history of interdisciplinary collaborations. Equally informed by structure and improvisation, Meg draws on a range of techniques from her dance and theatre trainings to create new work that balances early modern dance movement principles with contemporary perspectives of the body in motion."

Cornucopia performance
Ms. Brooker also performed with Elizabeth Wright (FAC Dance Faculty) and the 8 AM Dancers in Cornucopia on Saturday, October 22nd.

Fine Arts Center Dancers Present Saturday Days of Dance

The Fine Arts Center Dancers taught a variety of dance classes to the dancers in the
community who have an interest in dance from grades four through adult. There were five Saturday events with classes in ballet, musical theatre, jazz, character, improvisation, contemporary/modern and more.

Ashley and Nicole Pavia demonstrating movement in repertory class

Cailey Campbell

Selah Boughner teaching improvisation class during Saturday Days of Dance

Lora Corley teaching ballet class
Rachel Mack teaching character dance

Callie Thackston

Melina Phillips

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sydney Parker-FAC Dance Alumna

Sydney Parker performing in Out of Sight
Choreography by Ilana Goldman

Sydney Parker (FAC Dance 2015) performed in the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival in August in Out of Sight, choreographed by Ilana Goldman, Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida State University.

She also attended the Movement Invention Project for three weeks this past summer in NYC where she studied improvisation, ballet-along with Image Tech (a standing preparation for ballet class created by Alexandra Wells that combines Alexander Technique and Irene Dowd's work), contemporary technique and Gaga. The main emphasis was placed on improvisation as a vehicle for movement research. She worked with choreographers and dance artists: Sidra Bell, Alexander Wells, Elia Mrak, Troy Ogilvie, Shamel Pitts and Shannon Gillen.

Sydney is currently a sophomore at Florida State University where she is a double major in Dance and Arts Management.

Sydney Parker-Movement Invention Project

Sunday, September 25, 2016

FAC Dancers Attend Summer Intensives

Selah Boughner at Carnegie Mellon University

Selah Boughner attended the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh this summer in their musical theatre program. The six week program included classes in ballet, jazz, performance, audition, acting, voice, drama literature and improvisation. She gained a stronger focus and connection to her art from through the concentrated study in their program.

Rachel Mack
Bolshoi Summer Intensive

Rachel Mack, a junior, attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive in New York City this summer for six weeks. She trained in the Vaganova method with teachers from the Bolshoi Academy in Russia.

Ellen Kilby attended the Nashville Ballet's two week summer intensive which included ballet, pointe, variations, pas de deux, modern, jazz and conditioning.

Jack Beaule, Cailey Campbell and Hallie Walters attended the Commercial Summer Intensive at UNCSA in Winston-Salem, NC for two weeks. Classes were in a variety of styles from contemporary and jazz to ballroom and included mock auditions.

Jack Beaule at UNCSA

Sofia Justo participated in the Art of Classical Ballet's one-week intensive in Pompano Beach, Florida. She studied with Cuban trained Magaly Suarez and Alexis Saramite, who performed with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

JACQUELINE CALLE Performing with Metropolitan Opera

Jacqueline Calle FAC Dance Alumna 2013

Jacqueline Calle has signed a contract to perform with The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center as a dancer in Guillaume Tell

Jacqueline (Jacki) graduated in Dance in 2013 and is currently a senior at SUNY/Purchase in New York where she will still be taking classes as well as performing in NYC this semester. She received the Sheffield Wood Scholarship her senior year at the Fine Arts Center.

The new production will be performed October 18-November 12.

Elizabeth Wright performs in NYC

Elizabeth Wright, Dance Faculty 

performed in the Battery Dance Festival in August in NYC

The Isadora Duncan Dance Company performs
Andante, Hymn to Apollo at the Battery Dance Festival
Photo: Jason Chuang

Elizabeth Wright as soloist in Andante, Hymn to Apollo at the
Battery Dance Festival
August, 2016
Photo: Jason Chuang

NHSDA gets off to a great start!

The FAC NHSDA Officers organized a breakfast before school starts 

 Dancers can meet each other and have an overview for the year

FAC Dancers 2016-2017

NHSDA Officers
Callie Thackston, Peyton Lemen, Selah Boughner, Ellen Kilby and Nicole Pavia

Brian McGinnis Choreography at Artisphere

"The Things We Carry" Choreographed by
Brian McGinnis
Performed at Artisphere in May, 2016