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4 students accepted into prestigious summer dance program

WKU dance students (from left) Natalie Peak, Heather Chenault, Tiffany Guy and Erin Finn have been accepted into prestigious summer programs. Peak, Chenault and Finn will attend the Ailey School's Summer Intensive Program in New York City, while Guy will attend the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Summer Intensive Program. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

Four WKU dance students have been accepted into the prestigious Ailey School’s Summer Intensive Program in New York City.

Three of the students — Erin Finn of Louisville, Heather Chenault of Alvaton and Natalie Peak of Goshen — will participate in the program June 21 to July 29. The fourth student, Tiffany Guy of Hendersonville, Tenn., will attend the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Summer Intensive Program June 27 to July 21.

Thousands of students auditioned nationwide for about 100 slots in the Ailey School’s Summer Intensive Program.

“Alvin Ailey is clearly one of the best and most well-known dance companies in the world,” said Dr. David Young, head of WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance. “That we have had four students accepted into the summer intensive says a lot of very positive things about our dance program. I couldn’t be prouder of these students. And kudos to Clifton Brown, Amanda Clark and Carrie Morris for training these students to this high level of ability.”

The Ailey School, one of the world’s most extensive dance training programs, is the official school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s top dance companies.

The Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, one of the largest ballet training facilities in the United States, is the official school of Atlanta Ballet, the oldest continually operating ballet company in the nation.

Contact: Theatre & Dance, (270) 745-5845.

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