But first, I should start things off by wrapping up my awesome 2012...
Feinstein Initiative: Concert with Sylvia McNair
As mentioned previously, Michael Feinstein was a huge influence this past year (and continues to be!) One of the highlights to my holiday season was yet another opportunity which arose from the MFI High School Competition.
As one of the winners, I got to join Sylvia McNair for her Christmas Concert at the Palladium. When she asked me to sing “O Holy Night” as a duet, I had no idea what I was in for—Gospel?! That’s right, and it was a blast! And, what an honor to perform with such an amazing person and incredible singer.
And, of course…
Jim Caruso- I love going to Birdland Jazz Club to see and perform at "Jim Caruso's Cast Party", where I have met some incredible people.
Thank you, Jim!
12/17/12 "Who's that guy?...oh yeah, the one and only @JimCaruso1 #mymentor @birdlandjazz #castparty
Behind the Scenes with Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange
[And, if you are a young musical theatre student- JOIN Musical Exchange for this year’s project!]
Broadway Dance Center Training Program
12/17/12 I graduated! #imadancernow? @BroadwayDance pic.twitter.com/sKIohEXS
11/20/12 "Ponella Family tap class this morning with April Cook! @BroadwayDance
12/1/12 "Had a blast in @QsNewz class at @BroadwayDance tonight!
12/11/12 "Santa giving gifts to the dinosaurs. Ms Vee's Christmas sweater is the bomb! @BroadwayDance #merrychristmasdinosaurs
The acting classes I participated in this past semester were incredible, too, and nothing like I’ve ever done before. Some of my favorites were on-camera and improv, along with private studies. Lane Napper has become one of my favorite people, as well as a brilliant mentor!
1/8/13 @LaneNapper: "Got to work with @TonyPonella and his awesome sisters today. Tap and Acting. They ROCK! pic.twitter.com/205yx4G5