In-Step Dance Company invited to NYC to perform
by Henry Salomon and Dana Loving-Sparks
Feb 13, 2013
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- The national award-winning troupe will be performing their highly acclaimed modern dance “Runaways” along with their contemporary piece “STAY” during The Performing in New York Showcase at the Citigroup Ailey Theater.
Founded in 2005 by renowned ballet teacher Kat Wildish, in partnership with The Ailey Extension, the Performing in New York Showcase is designed to provide aspiring dancers a rare opportunity: the chance to perform real classical repertoire in a professional theater in midtown Manhattan.
Mrs. Dana Loving-Sparks, artistic director at In-Step was thrilled to get the news. “I couldn’t be more proud of these girls and how hard they’ve worked. Their dedication, resolve and energy shows in these pieces and to have a program like The Performing in New York Showcase recognize that is amazing. To be able to perform at such an historic theater is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our girls.”
Through the Arts in Motion, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Mrs. Loving-Sparks hopes to be able to raise the funds to defray some of the cost of getting the girls to New York. “We are looking for corporate sponsors and will be holding a number of fundraisers between now and March,” said Mrs. Loving-Sparks.
About Kat Wildish: Kat Wildish is a master ballet instructor currently on faculty at The Ailey Extension in NYC. A former dancer with American Ballet Theater (ABT) and New York City Ballet (NYCB), she trained at The School of American Ballet on a Ford Foundation Scholarship and has been teaching over 35 years. She is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum and instructs 12 packed, multi-level ballet and pointe technique classes per week. Kat was a longtime faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and former scholarship director at STEPS. She is the Artistic Director of the Performing in NY Showcase and The NYC Festival of Dance Schools.
About In-Step Dance Company: In-Step Dance Company was founded in 1998 and has taught well over 5,000 students. The Company gives over $7500 a year in scholarships to residents of Spring, The Woodlands and Conroe. Alumni of In-Step have gone on to perform in professional dance companies, attended prestigious performing arts colleges and universities, as well as becoming choreographers and studio owners.