...we hope to someday make our way back to your beautiful shores...
Artistic Director Bids Island
'Fairwell for Now'...
Sept. 2007- After six very successful years on the island, Ms. Cunningham has decided to temporarily shut the doors of the year-round MVDT program to pursue new, exciting career opportunities in both FL and NYC. However, she will remain available to speak with and offer guidance to all of the dancers that she has worked with over the years as well as those who are just looking for some information. Says Ms. Cunningham, "At this time I would like to thank the island community for embracing our program and for all of your support over the years. We will leave this site up so that you don't forget about us... as we hope to someday make our way back to your beautfiful shores!"
"From the very first rehearsal Shannon Lobdell and Abbey Stone where shining examples of what young island dancers should hope to become. Smart, talented and dedicated to their craft, they helped establish the level of
MVDTA Offers Paid Performance Contracts to Program
Samatha Rabin & Devon Lodge in 'Decisions'. Both Ms. Rabin & Mr. Lodge received the 2007 MVDTA Scholarship for excellence in achievement .
MVDT Dancer, Devon Lodge (above) soars to new heights performing his solo role in 'Back in the Day Cabaret'. Lodge accepted a full scholarship to the Walnut Hill School Dance Program for the '07/'08 season. See the Media page for more on his story..
excellence that our audiences have come to expect. I will miss their energy and hope that they will continue their pursuit of dance at the collegic level. "
MVDT Grad, Abbey Stone (above) performs her original choreography 'A Case of You' as a professional guest artist at the MVDTA production TRANSITIONS 2007.
In June of 2006, MVDT was proud to announce it's first ever graduates of the pre-professional training program. It was a bitter sweet day for artistic director, Lori E. Cunningham.
Not only did the dancers appear in company works, but, they also performed a duet choreographed by Abbey Stone. "Only one year older, they are wiser and even more lovely to watch. These young women have a very bright performing future ahead of them, if they so choose!"
The main objective of the MVDT training program is to provide students with the skills and experiences required to competitively enter the professional dance arena. Cunningham was particularly pleased when the MVDTA decided to offer both women a performance contract for the program's annual Spring Gala- TRANSITIONS 2007. Says Cunningham, "We've come full circle. Our program has acheived what it has set out to do."
MVDT Debuts New Holiday Tradition
Both island audiences young and old cheered during the curtain call for the debut of MVDTs original holiday production of 'Crazy Cracker'.
The cast included the 2006/2007 MVDT Performing Company as well as island locals Julie Whitehill, Jeffrey Enos, Scott Ellis and MVDTA President, Jeffrey W. Young. Follow the Media link below to see the MV Times coverage on the show.
Left: The Nurse (Lori E. Cunningham) tries to wake Clara (Caroline Fournier) during the MVDTA debut of Crazy Cracker
MVDT Grad, Shannon Lobdell (right) performs as a professional guest artist at the MVDTA production TRANSITIONS 2007.
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