(New York, NY—June 10, 2016) High Tech High School junior Kayla Alvarez and sophomore Melina Soriano, both residents of Bayonne, have been invited to join the Paul Taylor Teen Ensemble for 2016-2017, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.
Alvarez and Soriano auditioned in May for this prestigious opportunity, with classes starting at the Taylor School in September and held on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays under the direction of Raegan Wood, a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company (1982-1989). Wood has taught at the Taylor School, as well as Barnard College and The Juilliard School, and currently instructs students at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity for [Alvarez and Soriano],” says Trista DeFilippis, Head of the High Tech Dance Department. “Not only will this experience enhance their versatility as performers, but it will be a terrific addition to their resumes, especially during the college application process.”
The Paul Taylor Teen Ensemble offers teenagers an opportunity to learn more about its namesake’s diverse repertory. By audition only, the Ensemble seeks to expand students’ experience with Taylor’s movement style, developing his or her technical proficiency and overall artistry through a year’s commitment that includes technique classes and rehearsals. The Ensemble performs throughout the tri-state area and at festivals, public and private schools, and at larger venues such as Symphony Space, Peridance Capezio Center, and SUNY Purchase.
|Melina Soriano, left, and Kayla Alvarez, right