Glenwood Springs dancers make the cut |

Glenwood Springs dancers make the cut

Stina SiegGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – When she spoke of her students, DeAnna Anderson’s voice went from excited to proud to inspired in no time.”I don’t want dancers that dance,” said the Glenwood Dance Academy artistic director. “I want dancers that have to dance.”That’s exactly who she feels she has now.Recently, she accompanied five of her “babies” to audition for the Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive Program in Denver. The grueling, four-week session has only 60 slots, and hundreds of youngsters from across the United States (and Canada) were vying for them.And all five of Anderson’s students got in.

She was over the moon, of course – but surprised?”Not really,” Anderson admitted. “I wouldn’t have taken them if they weren’t ready.”This zesty confidence wasn’t exactly mirrored by her girls – at least not during the actual try-out.”We were like ‘Oh-my-God,'” explained Brianne Jones, 17. “Oh yeah, I felt intimidated.”Jones and her fellow dancers were taking a break from their class at their Glenwood studio as they described the scene. They were bright-eyed and uniformly ecstatic, talking over one another. It was hot in the rehearsal rooms, a girl said. It felt like everyone was staring at them, added another. One dancer admitted to actually shaking with fear. The moves seemed easy, continued a third, and it almost felt like a trick. In short, after the hour-and-a-half audition, none of them thought they’d gotten in. Then, back at home a while later, they received the news.”I got off the phone, and I just started screaming,” said Jones.

“I started screaming in the car,” added Hannah Zon, 11.”I’m really excited,” Courtney Olson, 11, went on, “Just like, I think, we’re all really, really excited.”But, as Addie Tapp, 11, admitted, they’re all “kind of nervous, too.”The program not only means five days a week of exhausting training in a myriad of subjects, but it also means being away from their homes for a month. They weren’t shy about their fears. During their time in Denver, the girls will stay with family or friends (or family of friends), but still be in “the big city,” away from their parents and teachers. Worst of all, it’s likely that these dancers, who feel a very sisterly bond, will be broken into different classes and categories. So why do it?Just as Anderson would hope, they sounded like they simply need to.”I just say, I can’t wait until I’m really good,” explained Olson. She and the rest of the girls talked with excitement about how much they might improve in the intensive program. Chatting fast, they threw out pearls of quotes about dance. Since most have been dancing since 3 or 4, they had more than a bit to draw on.

“I just love the art of it, just how much fun it can be sometimes,” said Nicole Zinn, 14. “Just the beauty of it.””Sometimes, after school, it’s like a relief to come here,” said Olson. “It’s like we all kind of look out for each other.”Jones, being the oldest, used more words than anyone else – and had a wallop of emotion behind them. She only came to dance five years ago, she said, but without it, life would be “boring and sucky.” Like everyone in the room, she had been inspired to do this. And she openly had no idea what she’d do without it.”I want to be a dancer,” she said. “I want people to see me. I want people to look at me, and I want to be someone’s inspiration to become a dancer. Because it’s just the most beautiful art form.”To her, to all these girls, this summer is another hopeful step in that direction.Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111ssieg@postindependent.comPost Independent Glenwood Springs CO Colorado

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