Local teen gets accepted into prestigious dance school.
Jada Alfred, a local dancer, just graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet High School and is now packing her bags and heading to New York City.
Alfred has always had a passion for dance.
“I’ve always wanted to be on stage,“ said Alfred.
Her mother enrolled her in her first dance class when she was 2-years-old, and she never looked back.
“When I was 3 she tells me in the Nutcracker I wanted to go back on stage, and she was like you can’t go back.”
Over the years Alfred has trained at Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre under Director Christine Perkins.
”I say I’m really well-rounded and I’ve taken classes in different types of dance.”
As her high school years came to close to an end she realized she wanted more.
“It all started when I got into their summer intensive, which I didn’t think was going to happen and somehow I ended up there.”
She auditioned for the Ailey School BFA Program in New York City.
“It was very nerve racking! The day of the audition we all sat in a room together, and I was very nervous.”
Only 35 people from around the country are accepted into this program, but she didn’t let fear stand in the way of her dream.
“It was just like a normal class. I just took it like a master class and tried to relax, and was very excited to see what the future held fo me.”
It was a dream that is now becoming a reality.
“It’s a little scary but at the same time I’m really excited. I came from a place where I wasn’t like the greatest dancer but I worked really hard just to get where I am and I think somehow they saw that through me.”
In the future Alfred hopes to join a dance company in New York and continue to sharpen her skills.
She also hopes to one day open her own studio.
“It’s a new opportunity for me and for my peers like everyone around me can see like someone like them is able to do something like this.”
She says no dream is too big to accomplish.
“I want people to know that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. You just have to try, and you have to believe in yourself even when others doubt you, you just have to believe that you can do it.”
In August Alfred will move to New York to start school at the Ailey School BFA Program.
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