Over 130 dancers recently participated in the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy’s 26th Annual Summer Dance Intensive.
Over 130 dancers recently participated in the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy’s 26th Annual Summer Dance Intensive.
The Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy recently hosted their 26th Annual Summer Dance Intensive at their state of the art facility located in Homestead Park in Madison. Over 130 dancers ages 8 and up from the metro area as well as neighboring cities and states participated in daily classes conducted by some of the nation’s finest teachers. Classes included ballet, pointe, classical variations, pas de deux, jazz, modern, hip-hop and Progressing Ballet Technique.

The 2019 Summer Intensive Guest Faculty included:

• Hong Yang-Principal Instructor Raleigh Dance Theatre

• Leaia Caver-Faculty, Twin City Ballet-Monroe, LA

• Ashley Mayeaux-Principal Artist LINES Ballet

• Chris Jarosz-Cast Member Wicked on Broadway

• Rossanna Gahagan-Co-Director International Ballet Academy Darren McIntyre-Ballet Master Fort Wayne Ballet

“It’s one of the largest groups we’ve had to date. We are so honored that our Summer Intensive has grown and begun to attract dancers from other parts of the state and even from out of state. At MMDA we have many students who go away to large summer programs connected with professional companies such as American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet in New York. These programs are very expensive when you factor in room and board and not all families can afford to send their children away for summer study. Therefore, we strive to bring the same caliber teachers here to Madison so that the students in our area can have the opportunity to train with the best.” said Jennifer Beasley, Artistic Director of the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy. “Our annual summer intensive is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to learn from other teachers and learn other teaching methods. Each day at the intensive the dancers began their day with a conditioning program called Progressing Ballet Technique which helps the dancers to develop the correct muscles needed for proper ballet technique. Their PBT class was followed by several hours of ballet classes followed by classes in other disciplines, some of which were new to many of the dancers. The advanced level also had repertoire classes where they learned excerpts from famous classical ballets and contemporary ballets.” said Beasley. “I have attended the MMDA Summer Intensive for the past 9 years and look forward to it each year. The highlight for me this year was the opportunity to learn new repertoire from teacher Ashley Mayeux who is a dancer with Lines Ballet and a former dancer with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. I also like meeting dancers from other schools” said Abby McCaughan, 17 year old MMDA student.

The Mississippi Metropolitan Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Company is a 501C3 non- profit organization that serves the Metro Jackson area as a presenting and performing ballet company. MMB presents their annual Nutcracker performance in well as a spring performance. The Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy is the official school of the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Company. Both the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy and the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet have been under the Artistic Direction of Jennifer Beasley for the past twenty-one years.

For more information about registration for the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy and the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet visit their website at www.msmetroballet.com.