During summer, serious dance students sign up for intensives that offer expert training with top teachers and choreographers associated with prestigious dance companies. The most common are with ballet companies. Anna Ellwein and Tivoli Treloar of Crean Lutheran High School looked outside the box and signed up for a week in New York with the Rockettes. They will spend six hours a day learning the Rockettes’ distinctive style, which incorporates jazz, tap, musical theater, lyrical and the world-famous kickline.
Treloar will finish an intensive with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York before joining Ellwein and the Rockettes.
Name: Anna Ellwein
Grade: 12 in the fall
Q: What styles of dance do you practice?
A: Tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop.
Q: Tell us about studying with the Rockettes. How did you get involved with this opportunity and what do you hope to get out of it?
A: I have always admired the Rockettes and their style of dance. My dance teachers at Crean Lutheran High School mentioned the intensive multiple times and said it would be an amazing growth experience for me, so I decided to audition. I hope to grow in the precision and technique of the Rockettes’ style and come out of the experience with more knowledge and love for this style of dance than I had coming in.
Q: How did you originally get involved in dance?
A: My original involvement in dance began when I was 2 years old. My mom signed me up for a community ballet and tap class. The following year she signed me up for classes at The Music Room, my current studio. I haven’t stopped dancing since. My love and passion for dance has grown and grown as the years have gone by.
Q: Who is your favorite artist of all time and why?
A: My favorite dancer is Misty Copland. She moves with such strength, grace and elegance, which makes her beautiful to watch.
Q: Who have been your influences? Did you have a mentor in your development as an dancer? If so, how did they help you?
A: I have had many different instructors throughout the years, and all have left an impact on me. Each teacher has helped me in my growth as a dancer and as an individual. All of my teachers help me to dance outside of my comfort zone and keep setting goals for myself because there is always room to grow as a dancer.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Some things that inspire me the most are music…