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WPS Dancers Coming Home Sunday!

Posted by Jason King at Feb 10, 2018 11:39PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Another sunny and happy day here in LA! Although the dancers were sore and tired from dancing on Friday, it didn’t stop them from wanting more! Today they participated in a contemporary workshop with dancers from the LA Contemporary Dance Co. and a hip-hop class at the famous Millenium Dance Complex. We indulged with a big dinner on the Santa Monica pier and had a ball riding rides on the pier on the beautiful Pacific coast. It’s been a tremendous trip and I think that if they could, they would stay a few more days!

WPS Dancers are on FIRE!

Posted by Jason King at Feb 9, 2018 10:39PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Warning: WPS Dancers are on FIRE here in LA! We can’t believe how amazing they have been!

Today, the dancers took classes with incredible teachers at the notable EDGE Performing Arts Center. They were pretty psyched to learn that their jazz teacher, Eddie Garcia, was a backup dancer for Michael Jackson and a dancer in the music video for Smooth Criminal. This evening, we were moved deeply by a private performance from the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company of their recent sold-out show entitled Rift.

Everyone is safe and sound and catching some z’s! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update.

Today’s Teachers:
Eddie Garcia- Jazz
Ami Mattison- Contemporary
Baden Silva- Contemporary
Bobby Amamizu- Ballet

Proscenium beam in place!

Posted by Jason King at Feb 9, 2018 9:52AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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We are pleased to share with everyone that the proscenium beam has been placed above the stage floor. Construction continues to move quickly.

We Made It To California!

Posted by Jason King at Feb 8, 2018 10:32PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Greetings from California!

We made it to LA LA Land and we couldn’t have lucked out more with this beautiful weather! After we arrived, we caravanned to the Roosevelt Hotel to check in and then ran to the In-n-Out for a juicy burger! After lunch, we enjoyed sightseeing on the Hollywood Tour and soaked in the beautiful views. We had a great dinner at The Grove and the very sleepy dancers are finally in bed ready to get rest so they can dance the day away tomorrow.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update!

32 APPLAUSE AWARD NOMINATIONS!

Posted by Jason King at Feb 7, 2018 10:08AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Applause Awards
Congratulations to you all! We are pleased to announce that between the A and B cast, we have received 32 Nominations for the 2018 Applause Awards!

All of you were recognized as an Outstanding Ensemble!
We will know who the “finalists” are (those who get to perform at the Applause Awards) on or before May 5th.
The entire cast needs to block off June 2nd in the event that we are a finalist for Outstanding Musical and are invited to perform. All individuals named in this email also need to keep that date open as well.

Nominations
*please note, some students/categories were nominated in both casts, but are only listed once. Hence, you will only see 25 nominations below.

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Ensemble
Outstanding Orchestra
Outstanding Technical Achievement
Lead Performer:
Kira “Dove” Haas
Emilie Scheetz
Kaiwen “Roderick” Shi
Supporting Performers:
Riley O’Hern
Alex Sheffield
Cole Jackson
Leah Meyer
Scarlett Sheridan
Acting Performers: Alexander Brand
Honorable Mention (Performance): Alexander Brand
Director: Mary Walden, Alexander Brand
Musical Director: Emily Tousek
Choreographer: Rosemarie Redman
Stage Manager: Rosemarie Redman, Krista Restivo, Yasmin Fotovat
Set Designer: Tom Davis
Lighting Designer: Amy Hadley
Sound Designer: Emily Tousek
Costume Designer: Kira “Dove” Haas