We are increasing students exposure to professional dance through several Artist Residencies this Fall! Check out what Bombshell Dance Project had to say about their experience with our Repertory Dance Company dancers and why they value dance education!
Taylor Rodman & Emily Bernet, Co - Artistic Directors, Bombshell Dance Project.
Why do you feel dance education is important for high school students?
Dance education is important for high school students because it provides a physical outlet of expression that is often unattainable in a classroom setting. Having both come from a performing arts high school background, we understand first hand the positive impact dance education can have on students' abilities to communicate, problem solve, and participate in a team environment. Whether or not students continue pursuing dance post-graduation, the values and work ethics instilled during dance education are transferable in any industry artistic or otherwise.
What do you find unique about the AHHS Dance Program?
The AHHS dance program is unique for its ability to foster the growth of their dancers at every stage and ability. It's clear that each dancer receives personal attention in their training at AHHS which is evident in their ability to receive and apply corrections with ease.
What stood out to you most about our students?
The students at AHHS are eager learners and hungry for a challenge. They are not easily discouraged when faced with a tricky phrase and readily welcome unfamiliar movement to their expanding vocabularies. When asked to review phrasework the students at AHHS stuck together and rehearsed as a unit. This spirit of teamwork is rare and positively influenced our work together.
Why do you feel it is important for young dancers to work with professionals?
It's important for young dancers to work with professionals because it's a glimpse at what their future could look like. We are always eager to work with young dancers because when we were their age we rarely had the opportunity to work with female choreographers and lacked that role model in our training. With Bombshell Dance Project we hope to empower all students to speak their minds and pursue their passions in any industry.
Bombshell Dance Project is a Dallas based dance company, founded in 2016 by artistic directors Emily Bernet & Taylor Rodman under a mission to promote the female choreographic voice. We present a collaborative environment and seek to challenge our perceptions of humanity through the creation of innovative work. The company has been presented by the Dallas Arts District, Barnstorm Dance Festival, Austin Dance Festival, Dallas Dances, The Dance Gallery Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance Series. Bombshell also commissions work by female choreographers and provides opportunities for young artists through its second company.
Make sure to check out the RDC's performance of Bombshell's choreography this coming January!!