Five dancers from the Fleur de Lis Dance Company, including Wilton residents Esha Ivengar and Maddie Davidson, have been accepted to the American Academy of Ballet’s 2015 Summer Intensive, to be held at Purchase College, State University of New York.
Dancers from all over the globe auditioned for 200 spots in this annual summer program. The program includes a one-week intensive ballet program that gives dancers the opportunity to focus on their classical ballet technique for 11 hours a day and four additional weeks of training in ballet, jazz, Spanish and variations. It culminates with a Gala performance at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.
Esha and Maddie, along with three other dancers in the Fleur de Lis Dance Company, Isabella Sperry, Esneicy Almonte, and Rebecca Szabo, auditioned with the American Academy of Ballet in mid-January to be considered for the program.
Analiese Umana, a dance instructor at Fleur de Lis Dance Academy and an executive coordinator for the auditions explains the highly selective process. “The American Academy of Ballet holds auditions in cities throughout the world, as far away as South Africa, Japan, Israel and Argentina,” she said. “It’s a highly competitive process so it’s a real honor to be accepted.”
Michelle Sperry, owner of the Fleur de Lis Dance Academy, says she thrilled five of her students have been accepted to such a prestigious program. “The girls have all worked so hard on their technique; I know they will enjoy the program and the chance to train with dancers from all over the world.”