With the support of the PINK Award, established by Katherine Kies ’07, Courtney Jefferies ’13 spent her summer at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive in New York City. At the renowned dance company, Courtney, and fellow Madeira dancer Gabby Bullard '14 who was also accepted into program, participated in jazz, modern, ballet, and hip-hop classes over the course of six weeks. The summer intensive, which students must audition to be accepted, is designed to give highly motivated students a customized schedule to advance their technical skills in a variety of techniques.
Studying dance in the exciting professional environment in New York City provided Courtney and Gabby insight into the world of a professional dancer. “I am learning so much about what it means to be a dancer and a performing artist. Most of my teachers are established dancers who have had long and successful careers and now have their own dance companies” said Courtney.
During her down time, Courtney was able to attend other performances around the city including a showing of Sleeping Beauty at the American Ballet Theater and a performance by the Martha Graham Company in Central Park.
Courtney’s summer in Manhattan was supported by the PINK Award (Passion, INitiative, Knowledge) that benefits student applicants in any endeavor in which they choose to partake. From a trip abroad or an interesting and ongoing project, the PINK Award provides a stipend for a student who has completed the application process, beginning during second semester.
Katherine and Courtney met for brunch in New York earlier in the summer. No matter what age, passion or endeavor the Madeira bond will always remain strong.Arts Alumnae Student Life