A Spotlight Shined on the Serious Artistic Pursuits at Walnut Hill School for the Arts

A Spotlight Shined on the Serious Artistic Pursuits at Walnut Hill School for the ArtsWalnut Hill School for the Arts student dancers Nicole Douglas, Sarah Chin, and Alison Remmers are the subjects of a recent Boston Globe article “Leaping Into Their Passion.”

Globe writer, Lenny Megliola sums it up nicely:

“…In the best of possible worlds, all three will be ballerinas on world stages some day. It’s a tough business to crack. This is where it starts…”(BG)

The world of pre-professional artistic pursuit starts way before high school- much closer to birth. Two things stand out for me as a reader. How young, and how quickly, and naturally, each dancer seems to have arrived at dancing. It’s as though their being drawn to dancing is purely innate or gravitational.

As to when each started dancing, Chin answers, ‘Since I was 2.’ Remmers, ‘When I was 3.’ Douglas, ‘I’ve been dancing since I was 8.’(BG)

Chin tells Megolia:

“‘When I was very little, I’d walk around the house on tippy toes. My mom noticed, and put me in ballet lessons. I haven’t looked back since. I felt it was what I wanted to do in my life.’”(BG)

Remmers presents a more circuitous route to the stage.

“…Ballet came to her in a quirky way, when she was 3. ‘I went to a video store in Sudbury with my mother and saw a ‘How To Be A Ballerina’ video. My mom rented it. Every time we went there, I picked it out again. She finally bought it for me.’”

The young and impressionable Remmers was fascinated by the dancers. ‘They were so graceful. I wanted to learn how to do that.’”(BG)

Walnut Hill’s director of ballet, Michael Owen provides some context to the seriousness of ,and opportunities open to, his students:

“‘The last nine, 10 years we’ve produced a lot of dancers who have moved along’ to respected places, including New York’s Juilliard School. ‘One of them is a soloist at the Houston Ballet. We have dancers in Europe.’(BG)

Serious pursuits and passion indeed.

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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