We've certainly had a busy last few weeks here at the Ann Lacy School! With load-in, tech, and production of the Spring Show, departure of students across the US for Spring Break, and Spring Audition Day, the Gaylord Center has been abuzz with activity!
This year's Spring Show was a splendid achievement. With numbers ranging from fierce rhythm tap and Spanish-inspired jazz to heartfelt ballet sequences and a West Side Story suite, the audiences' energetic reactions and overwhelming social media support proved to make this year's production successful. With a wonderful production crew and talented company of dancers, the Ann Lacy School pulled together as a family for a successfulshow.
Shortly after the show ended on Saturday evening, students began travelling across the US for Spring Break adventures. Many Ann Lacy students traveled to New York City for the renowned OCUNYC program, taking classes from a star-studded group of managers, casting directors, choreographers, and vocal coaches. Hosted by OCU and made possible gifts from Ann Lacy, this program allows students to take an insider's view of what life in the Big Apple might be like after graduation. Taking classes from these professionals, they are given a chance to hone their skills and take away valuable advice as part of their well-rounded education.
Junior dance performance major Melody Riley stated that her favorite part about OCUNYC this year was the Headshot Forum: "We got individual attention, focusing on what was good and what we could improve in our headshots, and we were able to connect with OCU alums on a personal level. I also loved the 'All About Commercials' class where we got to pretend we were being cast in a commercial! It really helped me understand what casting directors might be looking for in a commercial call."
As students began classes again after Spring Break, preparations for the Spring Dance Admission and Scholarship Audition Day began. This past weekend, we were excited to host many potential students for the audition, and it was an exciting reminder of the new faces we might be seeing in the fall!
Coming up this week is a Moving Light Board Experience for interested students, providing an extracurricular opportunity to learn about a professional moving light system! Check back for an update next week!