Ok, so New Year’s was last week, but I am still going to consider this my New Year’s post. So many “new” things for me right now- new apartment, new age (I turned 18!), new schedule, new opportunities, new resolutions...- I feel so blessed and can't wait to see what this year will bring!
But first, I should start things off by wrapping up my awesome 2012...
Feinstein Initiative: Concert with Sylvia McNair
[Shameless plug here!—anyone in high school and interested in the music of the Great American Songbook, or if you just want to learn more, check out the Feinstein Initiative's website for more info on this year’s competition! Click here to read "Reflecting on my Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Experience"! It's an amazing opportunity and wonderful experience!]
Additionally, I continue to enjoy my friendship with the other competition mentors:
Behind the Scenes with Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange
Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange created a video from when I recorded “Different” from Honk! to help promote their new project. Thank you to Leslie Stifleman for putting together this fun behind the scenes look!
[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
I think the other biggest influence in 2012 for me was Broadway Dance Center. I participated in their 3 month Training Program. It is an incredible program during which I experienced top-notch training with the best teachers, and was exposed to all kinds of dance forms I might never had tried under other circumstances. My classes included tap, hip hop, ballet, theatre, popping, locking, bollywood, Horton Technique… and so much more. I have so much respect for the teachers, administrators and students in this program from which I officially graduated December 17th. I look forward to many more BDC dance classes, though probably not 12-18 in a week (27 hours!)
I’ve loved having my sisters around and involved! In fact, we were so inspired by all the tapping we did, that we put together a fun video for a video Christmas card/thank you to our teachers. (Special thanks to my friend Joe Noelliste for playing piano on this crazy arrangement!) This was thrown together during the @6 hours we had back in Bloomington before heading out to an Arkansas Christmas.
So, that was the quick version of what was an incredible year. 2013? I can’t wait to see what it brings. I’ll try to be more regular with the blog posts, which was one of my New Year’s resolutions. Now I’m off to an audition, practicing, dance class… Look out 2013! Here I come!