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

FAC Student Choreography Artisphere in May, 2016

"Endless" choreographed by Peyton Lemen
"Agnosia" Choreographed by Olivia Hopkins
Dancer and Choreographer Jack Beaule
Choreography by Olivia Hopkins, Dancers Peyton Lemen and Nicole Pavia

Choreography by Ellen Kilby
Choreography by Nicole Pavia
Choreography by Jack Beaule

Induction for National Honor Society for Dance Arts

NHSDA Officers-Induction Ceremony April, 2016

Members of FAC Chapter of the NHSDA, April 2016

Induction Ceremony in the Lobby of the Fine Arts Center

Dance and Architecture Visit Greenville County Museum of Art

Dancers in the Greenville County Museum of Art

Dancers and Architecture Students in GCMA

Discussions among students and faculty/administrators

Wednesday, June 01, 2016


"Turbulent Wake" choreographed by Tyler Gilstrap
Photo: Shay Felknor


APRIL 2016

"Wake-Up Call" choreographed by Brian McGinnis
Photo: Shay Felknor

The Fine Arts Center Dancers performed two evening concerts in April that included choreography by Guest Artists Brian McGinnis, Tyler Gilstrap, Nathan Makolandra and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. Elizabeth Wright, FAC Dance Faculty, also premiered her work "Walk" on the program.

"Love is for the Poets: choreographed by Kate Skarpetowska
Photo: Shay Felknor
"Love is for the Poets"
Kate Skarpetowska
Photo: Shay Felknor

"Love is for the Poets"
Kate Skarpetowska
Photo: Shay Felknor