Allie Parsons, 15, of Elkin, spent the summer training and performing at Chautauqua Institute School of Dance in Chautauqua, N.Y. Chautauqua Institute is a Performing Arts Community which encourages and studies the fine and performing arts in a community where artists and audiences live together as one. Allie received a scholarship to attend the seven-week program as a Festival Dancer. The School of Dance at Chautauqua Institute provides a select group of advanced students from across the nation the opportunity of studying with world-renowned teachers under the direction of Patricia McBride. Allie had numerous opportunities over the seven weeks to perform with a live orchestras in the 5,000-seat amphitheater.
Allie is very honored to be a model and endorser for tutu.com, an international dance costuming company which specializes in ballet tutus and ballet costuming. You can find Allie featured on the Facebook page for tutu.com and on their website. She is also a model for the international, well-known dance photographer Brian Mengini at Brian Mengini Photography which is located in Phoenixville, Penn. Allie feels very privileged to be an advocate for “Hope Dances,” a nonprofit organization which helps instill hope through dance to the special needs community and special needs children. Allie recently was a guest artist at the “Hope Dances” Dance for Dreams Gala in Philadelphia, Penn., along with many professional dancers from across the U.S. She performed two special pieces, one which she choreographed herself. Allie was inspired last year to create “An Altered Journey.” When thinking about the journey to reaching one’s dreams, her own, the path is not always as planned and never easy. There are always many things to learn along the way, some good and some not so good, but all equally important to create one’s true self. But, most importantly, the piece was focused on learning to be happy with who you are, be true to yourself and most of all be happy being who God created you to be!
Allie also had the wonderful opportunity to perform a special piece titled “Turning Tables,” created especially for her by Anthony Bryant, Julliard graduate, dancer in Broadway’s “The Lion King” and former student of Pamela Myers Wurdeman of The Academy of Dance Arts and Performance. The piece challenged Allie to learn to reach deep inside herself to find emotions she was unfamiliar with and to learn to bring herself to a different level of dance understanding. This piece not only allowed her to experience feelings she has never known but become aware of other situations in the world today. After working on this piece and growing to understand how to share and express different emotions through the art of dance, Allie decided to dedicated this special piece to domestic violence awareness. Allie hopes to send a special message through performing this emotional piece that regardless to a victims circumstance they can rise above, put the past behind them and learn to stand on their own once again.
In her spare time while not in class or rehearsals, Allie loves to choreograph and create pieces of her own. Allie loves returning back to her home studio The Academy of Dance Arts and Performance in Elkin to work with her teacher, Wurdeman, and share her love of dance with all the students there in her home studio.
Allie spent the past year living in Carlisle, Penn., while training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, which is known world wide as the top technical ballet school in the nation. Over the past few years, Allie has had the opportunity to train, on scholarship, in many prestigious schools across the globe including the Hungarian National Dance Academy in Budapest, Hungary, School of American Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. Allie has recently returned home and has accepted an position for this year 2011-2012 as Trainee for North Carolina Dance Theatre which is North Carolina’s oldest professional ballet company. North Carolina Dance Theatre is under the artistic direction of Jean Pierre Bounefoux and Patricia McBride. Trainees have the opportunity to work and perform with North Carolina Dance Theatre as well as with the School of Dance’s student performing company.
For the past year, Allie has had a special opportunity to share her journey toward her dreams of becoming a professional dancer through a blog along with her photos on the Gaynor Minden’s Facebook page. Gaynor Minden is a very prestigious International Dance wear Company which specializes in Pointe shoes. “Gaynor Minden” is known in the dance world as “Nike” in the sports world. Allie is very excited to have recently been selected by Gaynor Minden to join the roster as an “Ascending Artist,” a select group of young upcoming artists from around the world who will act as endorsers and appear in marketing materials, websites, and social media advertisements on a international marketing level for Gaynor Minden.
Allie would like to thank everyone in Elkin and the surrounding community for their encouragement and help in supporting her dreams to one day become not only a professional dancer but a true artist! Without the continued support of the people in a great community her dreams would be impossible to achieve.