TROY dancers earn honors at The Pulse

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008

TROY – Two members of Troy University’s Troy Dance Repertory Ensemble earned honors in a Broadway Dance Center dance convention in Nashville.

Adrienne Hicks and Sydnii Todd won two of just 15 scholarships awarded at The Pulse on Tour Dance Convention, where more than 400 dancers attended in late November. Todd was also named a Pulse Protégé, allowing her to compete for the title Elite Protégé this summer in New York City. If she wins the title, Todd will travel on weekends with Pulse on Tour assisting in classes and representing Troy University, said Dena Moree, who helps coordinate the group within the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Hicks, a junior from Troy, and Todd, a freshman from Birmingham, are part of the ensemble that competed “Lost,” a lyrical-contemporary dance choreographed in September by Las Vegas, Nev.-based choreographer J.V. Jennings. In addition to their performance, the dancers attended 90-minute sessions in contemporary and hip-hop dance.

Those sessions were led by “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographers Mia Michaels and Tyce Diorio, Robert Hoffman, who starred in the last year’s motion picture “Step Up Two” and the movies choreographer Dave Johnson.

On Dec. 19, Hicks and Todd will travel to Huntsville to choreograph a hip-hop dance for the Merrimack Hall of Performing Arts for its upcoming January Dance Concert featuring “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Sabra Johnson.

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TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble members (left to right) Christina Green, Adrienne Hicks, Sydnii Todd, Brantley Wilson, Stephanie New, Alex Straughn and Kerry O'Brien recently attended The Pulse on Tour Dance Convention where two members, Hicks and Todd, earned scholarships. (TROY photo)