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Marion arts students selected for elite summer training programs

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Community School of the Arts announced this spring that several Marion students will be attending elite summer training programs across the country. Two are students in the CSA Arts Academy, a program targeted at pre-professional art students that pairs the outstanding arts opportunities available through CSA and the outstanding academic opportunities available at Marion High School. The other is a full-time Marion High School student. Marion High School and Marion Community Schools are proud of these outstanding young artists! 

Sydney Revennaugh, 15, a student of the CSA Arts Academy and member of Dancers Edge Company, has been selected to attend the Julliard Summer Dance Intensive in New York City. This 3-week program features just 44 of the most talented young dancers from across the country, with only 22 females and 22 males selected from extremely competitive auditions that took place in cities across the United States.

Revennaugh, who has been training since the age of 2, auditioned in January in Chicago. She will live in New York City in the dormitories for the three-week session.

“The Julliard Summer Intensive prepares young dancers for a potential college experience at Julliard. This is one step toward achieving my goal of attending Julliard and advancing my dance career,” Revennaugh said.

Jazmin Lakin, 13, a student of the CSA Arts Academy and member of CSA’s Dancers Edge, was accepted into two of the top programs for young dancers. She will attend the Joffery Ballet of Chicago Summer Intensive in Denver on a full scholarship. Lakin was also accepted into the Joffery four-year residential training program, a great honor, although she intends to continue to train at the Community School of the Arts. Additionally, Lakin was accepted into and will be attending the School of American Ballet’s California Workshop for Young Dancers, a two-week program in Irvine, Calif., for students age 10 to 14 and accepted by audition only. This workshop features some of the top young dancers from across the country.

“I am very excited to attend both summer intensives this year, and I am looking forward to taking classes, meeting new instructors, and improving my ballet technique” Lakin said.

Casey Reaves, 17, a student at Marion High School and a member of CSA’s Theatre compANY, has been accepted into the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Meisner Intensive, offered by the Department of Drama. The five-week program consists of training in the Meisner Technique, with students immersed in training in acting, movement, voice and speech, singing, and “play” or
clowning, six days a week.

“I am looking forward to working with people who share the same passion I have for acting and performing. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with some of the best acting instructors," Reaves said. "I hope to take the knowledge they share with me and improve and reshape my craft. NYU is my dream college, and I hope that by working hard this summer I can get one step closer to being able to attend one of the best acting programs in the world.”

CSA is making an amazing impact on students here, and on our whole community. Marion Community Schools is proud to partner with them to provide some of the best opportunities in the country, right here in our own city. 

“The Community School of the Arts is proud of these students for their acceptance into these elite summer programs and their willingness to continue to learn and grow as artists. We have incredible talent at CSA and within this community, and these are just a few examples of the profound quality of young artists training here” said Katie Morgan, executive director of the Marion Community School of the Arts.

For more information about the CSA Arts Academy, click here. For information about other opportunities at the Community School of the Arts, click here

Information provided by Marion Community School of the Arts