Contemporary Dance Spotlights
Faculty member Danny Pelzig knows that in the performing arts, versatility is key. He has made a career out of performing, directing, and choreographing at the highest level in theater, ballet, opera, and on the concert stage. Pelzig discusses his career, his journey back to Boston and the Conservatory, and his teaching philosophy.
Laila Franklin (B.F.A. '19) is a senior in Boston Conservatory’s contemporary dance program whose original work, Leaving So Soon?, was recently featured in the Senior Choreographers’ Concert: Square One. Franklin discusses the inspiration behind her piece and how her Boston Conservatory experience has prepared her for a future as a dancer, choreographer, and scholar.
Dance student Dylan Contreras (B.F.A. '20) writes from Axis Connect, a bicoastal dance intensive designed for young artists preparing to launch careers in the field.
Mila Thigpen, the Conservatory’s interim chair of dance, shares some of her favorite salsa tracks for getting into a weekend vibe and onto the dancefloor.
Lilly Valore (B.F.A. '19, contemporary dance), who was recently asked to speak at the Dance/USA Annual Conference about equality and representation of LGBTQ dancers in the industry, reflects on this experience.
Dance alumna Lilian Balch (B.F.A. '15, contemporary dance) has been a member of the Shen Wei Dance Arts company in New York City since graduating in 2015. Read about her journey as a professional dancer.
Dance student Rosario Guillen (B.F.A. '20) writes from the Parks and Recreation Summer Program of his hometown of Pharr, Texas, where he has spent the summer as artistic director and head choreographer for the ballet and dance program.
Dance alumnus and the 2015 Miss Boston Pride Pageant Winner Elijah Dillehay (B.F.A. '16) answers questions about dance, drag, the Conservatory, and his one wish.
Contemporary dance alumna Alison Cook Beatty (B.F.A. '01) wins the 2015 Boston Conservatory Alumni Choreographic Commission and founds her own dance company.
Contemporary dance alumnus Demetrius Burns (B.F.A. '16) shares how the Conservatory inspired and shaped him as an artist.