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Collins accepted into Alvin Ailey summer intensive program in New York

October 30, 2015

Alexis Collins ’15 has been accepted into the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Program, a selective program in New York City that provides training in ballet and modern dance.

Collins, who will graduate in December, auditioned at the University of Missouri-Kansas City earlier this month and received news of her acceptance yesterday.

“Words can’t express how awesome I feel right now,” she said, adding that the summer intensive provides rigorous training from top-notch dancers and choreographers.

Auditioning was a rigorous process, she said, that required her to demonstrate a variety of ballet and modern dance techniques.

Collins plans to move to New York in January and begin auditioning for various roles before the summer intensive begins in June. Her dream is to someday star in Broadway’s “The Lion King.”

But she’d also be thrilled to join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre or Ailey II. According to a 2011 report in The New York Times, the company, along with most dance companies in the city, use summer intensive programs to recruit new talent.

Although she stressed that dance requires personal commitment, Collins said her Stephens education prepared her for the audition and helped her understand the dance world.

“I’ve had great professors who have helped me along the way,” she said. “This is a very supportive group of women.”

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