Cary Ballet’s 3D Jazz Company Wins Multiple Awards At Prestigious Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase
Posted Nov 06 2008 2:05pm
Cary Ballet Conservatory's jazz company, The 3D Project recently won multiple awards at the ARizona Jazz Dance Showcase last weekend. Here's the press release:
Cary, NC, November 5, 2008 - Cary Ballet Conservatory’s 3D Jazz Company took home multiple awards from the prestigious Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase at University of Arizona in Tucson over Halloween weekend. 16 dedicated dancers and teachers went out to Tucson, Arizona to show the rest of the country what they were all about and came away as big winners.
Out of over 800 dancers auditioning, 3D dancers received seven awards in the Friday auditions. Awards went to Tanya Haglund, Kayla Farish, Anna Gross, Hannah Ehrenzeller, Jenny Clise and Abby Mather. Gretchen Lawall received the highest honor which is a $5,000 fee waiver and early acceptance to The University of Arizona’s exclusive School of Dance. This is an incredible honor for Gretchen and a testament to how well trained the dancers are from 3D at Cary Ballet Conservatory.
Darra Gasper, the Creative Director of 3D at CBC said “ I am thrilled that we did so well at this incredible event. The dancers really performed well and it a tribute to Cary Ballet Conservatory and the well rounded staff and vision of CBC owner Suzanne Clark, that we get these opportunities and then are able to make the most of them. I am extremely proud of all of our dancers.”
Over the course of the weekend the dancers took master classes from some of the most renowned dancers and choreographers in the dance world including Nan Giordano, Susan Quinn, Richard Havey, Sherry Zunker, Sam Watson, Amy Ernst, Eddy Ocampo and Melissa Lowe. 3D dancers were singled out in every class and in Sam Watson's Lyrical class, he began randomly picking dancers that caught his eye to perform his combination. He unknowingly picked all CBC dancers, including 3D and CBC faculty member Gerren Mobley. In Nan Giordano's jazz class, 3D artistic director, Darra Gasper was asked to come onstage and demonstrate the Giordano technique for both of Nan's Saturday classes which was a tremendous honor as the late Gus Giordano was Gasper’s mentor and friend.
Saturday night the 3D @CBC dancers performed brilliantly to a packed audience and wide acclaim. The faculty commented repeatedly on their artistry and the depth of their training. Opie's Opus opened the show and Kinetic performed in the second act. At the Faculty dinner following the showcase 3D @ CBC was personally invited by Nan Giordano to attend the Jazz World Congress. Further, Giordano invited Darra Gasper to participate in the Choreographers Competition without going through the screening and adjudication process.
By the end of the weekend the dancers had collected more awards and honors than any other company at the Jazz Dance Showcase. The unique program at CBC demonstrates how the highest quality ballet training is a solid base for the jazz dancer. While it is actually quite rare to have a school that offers such a high level program for both, Cary Ballet Conservatory manages to deliver world-class training in both areas and all under one roof.