Dancer Spotlight: Angelina Broad on Attending the Houston Summer Intensive

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After all of the anticipation, your summer intensive is finally here!  Make sure that you bring DanceWear Corner goodies in your dance bag, so you are ready for anything.

Meet DWC Model, Angelina Broad, who will be attending the Houston Ballet Academy summer intensive starting next week.  She will be documenting her journey for DWC fans through our Snap Chat and Instagram, so make sure you follow her adventures!  We caught up with Angelina to learn a little more about her and to hear what she is most looking forward to in the coming weeks.


DWC: How did you start dancing?

Angelina: I started when I was two because my whole family danced and I wanted to be like my siblings. I started to do more jazz and contemporary competition type of dancing.  And then my sister and my brother started doing ballet.   So I started to do it too because I wanted to be like them. Then I realized, once I was around maybe 11 or 12, that I really loved ballet and knew that that was what I wanted to do.

DWC: So ballet is your main focus right now?

Angelina: Yes.

DWC: And do you want to become a professional once all is said and done?

Angelina: Yes, definitely.

DWC: What company would you really like to dance for?

Angelina: Of course I love Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Ballet, and ABT.

DWC: We think that sounds great.  You are definitely on your way. So are you only doing ballet now or are you doing some of the jazz and competition? 

Angelina: I do contemporary stuff and we have jazz classes.  So I do other things, but my main focus is ballet. But usually every year I will compete in American Dance Competition, so I will practice a contemporary solo all year for that.

DWC: That’s really great because it is very important when you are trying to get into a ballet company to be well versed in other styles of dance, especially today when companies require so much for their dancers in terms of styles.  So that will serve you well.

Angelina:   Yes, you have to be able to do everything.

DWC: You are attending Houston Ballet School’s summer intensive and you are leaving on Saturday.  Congratulations!

Angelina: Thank you!

DWC: How did you choose Houston?

Angelina: I was just always interested in it because their company is really big and they tour a lot. So I have always been wanting to go to their summer course.  So this year when I competed in American Dance Competition, there is a form for you to list where you would want to go for the summer and to potentially get a scholarship to go there, and I listed Houston as my number one place that I would want to go.  So I got a full, dorm and tuition scholarship there.

DWC: Wow that is wonderful!  What other summer intensive programs have you attended in the past?

Angelina:  I attended Boston Ballet last year and Orlando Ballet the two years before that.

DWC: And how was Boston? What do you feel like you gained from your time there?

Angelina: I really learned how to actually dance.  Up to that point, my training was very straightforward and all about technique.  And then when I went to Boston, it was very Balanchine and I wasn’t used to that.  I didn’t like it at first, but it really helped me move and flow more in my dancing.  I really like the Balanchine technique now.  The first few weeks were really hard, because it kind of caught me by surprise.

DWC: So do you continue to use that training in your dancing when you are at home?

Angelina: Yea, I definitely still love doing the port de bras [or arm movements].  You feel like you can dance more and it’s not so rigid.  It’s not all about technique all the time, there is much more to it.

DWC: Well you will definitely be a step ahead for our DWC Master Class on August 13th with Miami City Ballet dancer Rebecca King Ferraro and former Miami City Ballet dancer Michael Breeden.  They place a huge emphasis on Balanchine training in their classes.  So it won’t be new for you!

Angelina: Yes, I am very excited.

DWC: DanceWear Corner decked you out with a ton of great new items to take with you to Houston.  As dancers, we spend all day looking at ourselves in the mirror, so we always like to look and feel our best.  Which new piece of merchandise are you most looking forward to flaunting in Houston?

Angelina: I really like this new leotard I got from DWC, it’s a Mariia, in burgundy.  We have a uniform in Houston, so we have to wear black leotards all week, but on Saturday’s we can wear any color we want.  So I am definitely going to wear that one of the first Saturday.

DWC: What is one must-have item in your dance bag?

Angelina: Probably my flex stretcher.  There are just so many different stretches that I can do with it.  I really like to have my back stretched out before class, so it helps me a lot.

DWC: What are you most looking forward to during your time in Houston?

Angelina: I really want to work on the small details of my dancing, and using everything to it’s full capacity.

DWC: You will be sharing your summer intensive journey with DanceWear Corner fans through social media.  Can you tell us how we can follow you?

Angelina:  I will be taking over DanceWear Corner’s snap chat as well as posting lots of photos and creating video blogs.  So you can follow me on their platforms, or on my personal Instagram, @AngelinaBallerina10.

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