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SCVTHS Dance students and alumnae after master class

SCVTHS students (front l-r) Olivia Mattiola of Basking Ridge, Jillian Shaughnessy of Bridgewater, Athena Bernaz of Basking Ridge, Mia Cirafesi of Branchburg, Lily Levine of Watchung, Rebecca Wolin of Neshanic Station;
(middle row l-r) Marissa Lazovick of Branchburg, Lilah Mason of Flemington, SCVTHS alumna Sabrina Olivieri, Arianna Schultz of Hillsborough, Saige Shoudt of Frenchtown, Jenna Lee Butler of Hillsborough, Alicia Ibarra of Branchburg;
(back row l-r) Colin Sheeley of Branchburg, Alyson Atkinson of Basking Ridge, Abigail Stone of Hillsborough, Emma Fisher of Lambertville, Emily Watermasysk of Warren, Kathryn Smith of Neshanic Station, Madison Corbett of Flemington, Caitlin Eswein of Branchburg, Morgan Shearer of Flemington, and Caroline Morrow of Bridgewater pose for a photo after the master class.


During the months of May and June, two alumnae from the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s (SCVTHS) Gifted & Talented Honors Dance Program returned to teach master classes.  On occasion, the Dance Program invites successful alumnae to return and share their experiences and knowledge of their careers.

In June, Sabrina Olivieri, a 2016 graduate, taught a master class in Limon technique. Sabrina was a member of Limon2 Dance Company based in New York City. When asked how the training at SCVTHS helped set her up for success at a college and professional level she replied, “I was able to dive deeper into choreography and technique, while developing my own artistry sooner than others.” 

In May, Rachel Yoo, also a 2016 graduate and a current dancer with Ailey2 Dance Company in New York City, taught a master class in Horton technique. Rachel spoke about how the Dance Program at SCVTHS “laid down a strong foundation in a diverse grouping of techniques which aids in the types of contemporary work today.”

In addition to the master classes, SCVTHS Dance students were able to ask questions to the alumnae about their college BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) experiences and what a typical day is like working in a company.

“We are very proud of our accomplished alumni who include professional dancers, studio owners, studio teachers, physical therapists, and dance therapists to name just a few wonderful careers that our alumni now have,” said SCVTHS Dance Instructor Maureen Glennon Clayton. “The SCVTHS Dance Program celebrates its 38th year of training dancers to be successful in a myriad of career options a dance career can offer them.”

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