The CCA - Student Spotlight

We are proud of our Cecchetti students that go on to achieve success in the dance world. We believe the training, technique and discipline that the system instills propels these students to accomplish their goals and make substantial contributions in a variety of venues. 

This section will highlight some of the careers and accomplishments of students trained through the Cecchetti methods.  Please visit often as this section will be updated regularly.  To nominate a candidate for the "Student Spotlight" please contact Kathi Halbert, 

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Chriselle Tidrick - Artistic Director of ABOVE and BEYOND Dance
Greater New York City Area (former Cecchetti student of Kathi Halbert)

ASCENDANCE is the second Above and Beyond Dance season of circus-infused dance which is based in the Greater New York City Area. A multi-talented cast led by Artistic Director Chriselle Tidrick performs to original chamber music by Julliard-trained composers Nicholas Csicsko and Reinaldo Moya which will deepen the movement's dramatic impetus and contribute to a fully integrated theatrical experience. 

Performances will take place Thurs., September 10 through Sat., September 12 at 7pm and Sun., September 13 at 3pm at The Flea Theater in lower Manhattan. This evening-length work is a journey into group dynamics and the nature of strength and weakness, as revealed through choreography which fuses modern dance with aerial, stilt and acrobatic work.

Jennine Willett - Co-Director of Third Rail Projects
(former Cecchetti student of Kathi Halbert)

Third Rail Projects, led by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett, is dedicated to bringing art to the public through an array of media. Its mission is to provide a central organizational hub that enables its artistic directors and affiliated artists to: develop accessible projects and integrate them into the broader public sphere; engage local, national, and international communities; utilize art as a vehicle for positive social change; further the forms in which they work; and provide education through performance and residency programs. 

Collectively, Third Rail artists have been granted commissions, support, and residencies from presenters, organizations, and foundations including: Danspace Project, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Swarthmore College, Epiphany Theater Company, Dance Theater Workshop, Topaz Arts, La Mama ETC, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, The American Music Center, The Lucky Star Foundation, Materials for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Department of Sanitation, among many others. Third Rail artists have also received numerous awards including two 2008 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards for Vanishing Point, a 2001 New York International Fringe Festival Award for Choreography from the Present Company, and others. 

Julie Dota - Captain of the University of Cincinnati Dance Team
(former Cecchetti student of Kathi Halbert)

Julie Dota
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University of Cincinnati Dance Team won gold medals in jazz dance, hip-hop and freestyle dance at the first-ever International Cheer Union's World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando at the end of April 2009 three months after the team won its fourth national hip-hop title in six year. This competition was the inaugural world games for dance and cheer as preliminary to them competing in the Olympics. 

Julie was also chosen by the National Dance and Cheer Association as their featured dancer for the month of May.

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