Call it serendipity or call it fate. But Addie Tapp’s promising ballet career started out because, said her mother Shera, “I thought she looked cute in her tutu.”
So Tapp was enrolled in ballet classes at age 4 at the Glenwood Dance Academy.
As the years progressed, cute wasn’t the half of it. Now, at 18, Tapp is on the brink of the big time. She just graduated from the prestigious School of American Ballet’s Professional Performing Arts School in New York City. She won the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise, one of only four students in her school so honored. She also performed to glowing reviews in George Balanchine’s “Serenade.”
Now, she is under contract to the Boston Ballet Company, where she will join the Corps de Ballet in the fall.
“I knew from the first time I laid eyes on her she had it all: the feet, the never-ending legs, the angel face,” said DeAnna Anderson, ballet teacher and owner of Glenwood Dance Academy. “She was born to be a ballet dancer. We at GDA gave her the technique to become a dancer, but Addie worked hard and has achieved what very few girls can, a contract with a major ballet company.”
Ballet school in New York was a heady experience.
“The school has an amazing faculty,” Tapp said. “I definitely learned a lot. It was a really great experience.”
Addie took the move from small-town Glenwood Springs to the Big Apple in her considerably graceful and long-legged stride. “I really enjoyed it,” she said.
Anderson and her faculty gave Tapp the push she needed when, at 14, they saw her promise and encouraged her to audition for the School of American Ballet’s summer program.
“They definitely helped so much,” Shera Tapp said. “Not just with technique, but with support and guidance. They’ve been great mentors.
“She’s come a long way. We never had to drag her to class.”
For her dad, Don, the sight of Addie “dancing through the house” was a sure sign of her future success.
“When you see that drive and ambition, you’d never question supporting her in her dream.”
Now she is eager for her next step.
In August, Tapp will embark on her next great experience when she heads to Boston. “I’m really nervous and really excited,” she said.