It's every young dancer's fantasy: Attend a summer intensive, dazzle the artistic staff with your flawless technique, land a company contract, and grand-jets into the sunset. If only it were that simple, right?... We caught up with six pros who followed the summer-intensive-to-dream-job route to get the inside scoop on how to give yourself a fighting chance at that coveted end-of-summer offer. For Jamaris Mitchell, who's in her first season with Ailey II, attending the company's summer intensive made all the difference.
JAMARIS MITCHELL (Syracuse, NY) began her dance training in her hometown at the age of five at the Center of Ballet and Dance Arts. She attended summer intensives at Hubbard Street Dance as well as at The Ailey School where she also trained as a scholarship student. Ms. Mitchell has performed works by Matthew Rushing, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Ray Mercer, and appeared in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Ailey’s 2016 New York City Center season. She was featured in the 2017 Vogue Collections video and appeared in the FX series POSE. This is Ms. Mitchell’s first season with Ailey II.