It was another opportunity to dance, learn, and even receive a scholarship. Every year, the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre (CSDT) invites all intermediate and above level dance students, ages 11-18 within the Pikes Peak Region, to apply to compete in the following two competitions: The Jazz Master Class & Scholarship Competition and the Esther Geoffrey Young Dancers’ Scholarship Competition. The event is named after Esther Geoffrey, a dancer who performed in Broadway musicals and operettas in New York City during the 1940’s.
Both events provide a 90-minute Master Class. Those who took part in the competitions were judged on technical proficiency and performance potential. This year’s Master Class Teachers were from the prestigious KEIGWIN+COMPANY and Ailey II. Both professional dance groups then performed to sold-out audiences at the new Ent Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs.
CONGRATULATIONS to RDA Company dancer, Gabriella Rae (15), who won a $250 scholarship in the Jazz Competition and Youth Company dancer, Nicole Hamilton (11), who won a $100 scholarship in the Ballet Competition!
“I really reject that kind of comparison that says, Oh, he is the best. This is the second best. There is no such thing.”