Five dance students from Interlochen Arts Academy will travel to Washington D.C. to attend an event honoring Judith Jamison, the long-time artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and an icon of contemporary dance. The event is being hosted by President and Mrs. Barack Obama and will be held on Tuesday, September 7, at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Students from five dance programs across the United States were invited to the special event. The Arts Academy students will take a master class and work with Ms. Jamison, members of the Ailey company, and other notable dancers and choreographers who will be gathered to honor Ms. Jamison. The event will conclude with a reception and performance by the Ailey Company in the East Room of the White House.
“It is fitting that an event honoring Judith Jamison would involve young dancers because she has been such a tireless champion for training and preparing a new generation,” said Cameron Basden, director of the dance program at Interlochen Center for the Arts. “With such outstanding and accomplished dancers in attendance, it promises to be an artistic and educational experience of a lifetime.”
The five Interlochen Arts Academy dancers who will be travelling to Washington, D.C. are: Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, of New Zealand; Eoin Robinson, of Massachusetts; Eleanor Rudnitsky-Brown, of California; Samantha Stephens, of Michigan; and Alexis Turner, of Michigan.
Dance has been offered as a major at Interlochen since 1940, and students go on to the best training and professional companies in the country. Interlochen counts Janet Eilber, Liz Lerman, Carla Maxwell, Jill Nicklaus and Amanda Schull among its alumni.