‘Preston Miller Project’ Residency
Throughout the month of February, thirty of our dancers had the incredibly unique opportunity to study after school with the Preston Miller Project. The goal of this initiative is to “unite artists from diverse perspectives to create works that inspire the appreciation and advancement of the arts.”
Our students were honored to take class from both Jeffery “Machine” Mccann and Clifton Brown during the three week residency.
“Machine” is the Creative Director, Head Choreographer, and founder of Hit the Floor Productions. He has appeared in movies such as “Step Up 3D”, tv shows such as “Glee” and “So You Think You Can Dance” and in music videos with artists such as Ludacris, Chris Brown, and Sean Kingston.
Clifton Brown danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for twelve seasons and performed as a guest artist with the Nevada Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Rome Opera Ballet. He currently dances with Jessica Lang Dance and performs with Lar Lubovitch’s company.
Each teacher brought an array of different experiences and opportunities to our students as they studied fusions of both hip-hop and modern dance. Students also explored how visual art and poetry can work hand-in-hand with dance, completing projects about the art of graffiti and dance poetry.
Taking class from dancers of this world-class calibre was extremely rewarding and inspiring for our students. We are so grateful to Dance St. Louis, Monsanto, and the United Artist Initiative for this amazing opportunity.