Olivia Behrmann, a 15 year old, aspiring ballerina from Indianapolis.

Behrmann will be writing about her experiences as she attends the School of American Ballet summer course in NYC this summer.

YAGP 2012 NYC FinalsOlivia Behrmann attended public school in Washington Township through the first quarter of her 8th grade year, when she began her schooling online to accommodate her increasing number of hours spent training to become a professional ballerina.

When she was younger, Behrmann participated in soccer, gymnastics, and cheerleading. She tried her first dance class at Dance Creations in Fishers, Indiana at the age of 7 and was immediately hooked. She went on to do competitive dance for four years: three years with Dreamworks Dance Productions and one year with Dance Legacy.

Olivia Behrmann experienced much success in competition dance, but at the age of 12, she decided to leave the competition dance world behind to pursue classical ballet. She joined Central Indiana Academy of Dance (CIAD) in Carmel, Indiana, as well as Central Indiana Dance Ensemble (the pre-professional ballet company associated with CIAD).

For the past three years, has gained acceptance, often with scholarships, into a number of summer intensive programs, including Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Nashville Ballet, Joffrey Ballet (Chicago), Nutmeg Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Ellison Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. In Summer of 2012, she attended Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York on full scholarship. Behrmann is excited to attend the School of American Ballet summer course in NYC June 24th through July 26th.

Olivia Behrmann will be writing about her experiences as she attends the School of American Ballet summer course in NYC this summer.

Motionwear Awards Dancer Scholarship

Motionwear awards Jorge Rullan with a $250 scholarship to attend the RDA National Choreography Intensive.

Jorge Rullan began dancing at the age of sixteen with the Philadelphia Dance Theatre under the direction of Joy Delaney Capponi. Rullan has been featured as the Nutcracker Prince, and the Soldier Doll in “The Nutcracker.” He has created roles in choreographer Ruka White’s “Psalms” and Melissa Chisena’s “Masquerade.” A high-school junior, Jorge hopes to attend a university as a dance major. Motionwear awarded Jorge Rullan a $250 scholarship to attend the RDA National Choreography Intensive to help him expand his choreographic skills.

The RDA National Choreography Intensive is a program that provides dancers, emerging choreographers, and seasoned choreographers the opportunity to work, study, and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professionals in the fields of music and dance.

Motionwear Spotlights Indianapolis Dancer, Michelle Meltzer

Motionwear spotlights Indianapolis dancer, Michelle Meltzer for her dedication to the arts.

Indianapolis dancer, Michelle Meltzer, has been dancing her entire life. “My mother enrolled me in my first dance class when I was three years old; however, I developed a deeper love and appreciation of dance much later on in my training” says Meltzer. Meltzer’s first professional experience working with a dance company was at nine years old, where she performed with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Dracula.

She grew to love the modern style of the company and chose to focus primarily on modern dance until she was sixteen. “At around fifteen, I met one of the most influential mentors and teachers in my life, Victoria Lyras. Her wonderful staff of artists, including my teachers: Michelle Merrell and Kristin Hakala, inspired me each day to pursue a new dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.”

Currently at Indiana University’s Ballet Department, Meltzer says being accepted has been a pivotal stepping-stone in her career. “Working with Violette Verdy has been the greatest gift I could ask for. Her watchful eye and delicate attention to detail has inspired me to narrow my focus and refine my technique. She gives her life to her students, myself included, caring more about the soul within over the dancer without.”

Meltzer plans to dance professionally in a ballet company and continue to work hard and expand her dancing range until she retires. She also plans to continue teaching ballet and giving back to the community. Meltzer said some of the best advice she’s been given is “You can do everything you need to do, as well as what you choose to do, just not all at once.”

“I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Experiences in my life, whether good or bad, have taught me valuable lessons that I continue to carry with me,” says Meltzer in response to the ability to do something over in her career.