This year’s Dance Endorsement students have recently earned acceptances into nationally and internationally ranked colleges with top-rated dance programs and summer intensive programs. (Keep reading to find out which schools made them offers this year!)
While a majority of Dance Endorsement students also attend outside studios to further hone their skills, some have not but have still gained the knowledge and techniques necessary to be accepted into such prestigious programs.
By the time they graduate, they will have completed at least 100 hours of participation and performance requirements, which earns them a special graduation cord and a seal of recognition on their diploma.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s seniors were not able to fly to schools to audition in person but had to submit virtual auditions instead. They were guided by CCA’s dance faculty who walked them through the process and allowed them to use the school’s dance studio to record their auditions.
Additionally, all Dance Endorsement students have been building and editing their professional resumes since freshman year so they’re ready to submit them to colleges and conservatories.
students have been building and editing their professional resumes since freshman year
Prior to COVID, students in this program had the opportunity to attend the National High School Dance Festival
in Pittsburgh — the country’s largest dance festival for high school students. This festival also serves as a recruitment event where representatives from the top dance programs are present and eager to make admission offers.
“The CCA students who attended learned to market themselves, network, and even negotiate. We encouraged them to make a good impression while staying true to their identity in Christ,” said Ms. Henderson.
We encouraged them to make a good impression while staying true to their identity in Christ
Alumni of the Dance Endorsement program have attended colleges with distinguished dance programs, including ones at Christian colleges that prepared them to pursue dance opportunities in the ministry space.
Keeping Christ in the Center
Ms. Henderson and Mrs. Brown educate their students about being a light in the dance community — an industry that can be physically and mentally demanding at times.
“We want our dancers to know that they don’t have to be ashamed about being a Christian or sacrifice their biblical standards to fit in,” said Mrs. Brown. “Being set apart for Jesus in this industry may be challenging, but the Holy Spirit, our helper, makes it possible.”
“We want our dancers to know that they don’t have to be ashamed about being a Christian or sacrifice their biblical standards to fit in,”
Being set apart and honoring the Lord through dance has been taught in the Dance Endorsement program by engaging in discussion about song choices, intent behind movement, and costume choices.
[Mrs. Brown and Ms. Henderson] challenge parents to be involved and actively advocate on behalf of their children
“They are not just being molded into excellent dancers, but also women and men of God” said Ms. Henderson. “Whatever we do, we can do it for the Lord and find our identity in Him.”
Mrs. Brown and Ms. Henderson are not just training students, but their parents as well. They challenge parents to be involved and actively advocate on behalf of their children when it comes to expressing their creativity.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. –1 Peter 2:9
Celebrating Program AcceptancesWithout further ado, please join us in congratulating the following Eagles who have been dancing with us since Middle School!
HILLARY FOSTER & ADELYN NICHOLSON
They may not be graduating seniors, but we also wanted to celebrate Hillary Foster (10th Grade) and Adelyn Nicholson (9th Grade) for their acceptance into Boston Ballet School’s Summer Dance Program
! This is a highly competitive, five-week intensive program where students from around the world have the opportunity to develop their passion for dance under the instruction of internationally renowned faculty.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Dancers
If your child would like to experience what a day in the life is like as a dancer at CCA, consider registering him/her for our Summer Dance Intensive! This camp will be taking place June 14-25 for incoming 6th-12th grade students who have at least one year of dance experience. Learn more about this two-week program by emailing, Sandra Henderson at SandraH@CCAEagles.org
“Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our
creativity is our gift back to God.”