Ballet company members earn 'prestigious' summer dance slots

May 03, 2007

The Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company announces that some Company and Company II members were accepted into "several prestigious summer dance intensives."

Jennifer Bell, a senior at North Hagerstown High School; Sonja Brigham, a sophomore at Smithsburg High School; and Krystyna Thomas, a freshman at Smithsburg High School were accepted to Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, The Edinburgh Connection in Scotland and Joffrey Ballet in New York City. All three will attend the Joffrey Intensive.

In addition, Jennifer was accepted to college-level dance programs at Goucher College, Philadelphia University and Towson University, and Krystyna was accepted to the Joffrey Jazz Intensive 2007.

Alexis Cavey, a junior at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, was accepted to and will attend Burklyn Ballet Theatre and The Edinburgh Connection in Scotland.


Katie Colbert, a sophomore at Greencastle-Antrim High School, was accepted to the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in New York City.

Katie Miller, an eighth grader at Smithsburg Middle School, was selected for Burklyn Ballet Theatre and as an alternate for The Edinburgh Connection in Scotland.

Kelsy Rupp, a freshman at Williamsport High School, was accepted to and will attend Burklyn Ballet Theatre's summer program for two weeks. She was also selected as an alternate to the The Edinburgh Connection with Burklyn.

Emily Seiler, a Northern Middle School seventh-grader, was accepted to The Rock School's summer program.

Most programs take dancers no younger than 12 with the oldest ranging from 18 to mid-20s, depending on the program.

Artistic Director Lauran Clowser said that whether or not the dancers are able to attend the summer program, the audition process itself is very valuable.

She said it gives the dancers the opportunity to experience the audition process, meet dancers from other areas of the country, and to take a class with some of the very best instructors in the country.

Upcoming show

PCYBC will stage its Tenth Anniversary Celebration Performance on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Tickets cost $10 each and may be purchased at the theater box office.

The program will include a new work set on the Company by Clowser as well as some favorites from the Company repertoire. Also performing will be former recipients of the Lauran Clowser Scholarship.

The Company is inviting all former members, staff and choreographers to be part of the celebration. Contact the board at

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