2016-09-10 / The Bullhorn

RCS students attend Commercial Dance Intensive

By Sara Coates
Bullhorn Report er


RCS students (from left) Chandler Warren, Ashley Foreman and Madion Satterfield attend a Commercial Dance Intensive (CDI) at the North Carolina School of the Arts. RCS students (from left) Chandler Warren, Ashley Foreman and Madion Satterfield attend a Commercial Dance Intensive (CDI) at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Last summer, Roxboro Community School senior Chandler Warren, junior Madison Satterfield and alumna Ashley Foreman attended Commercial Dance Intensive (CDI) at the North Carolina School of the Arts, which is a two week long, overnight, dance program.

In 2015, Warren, Foreman and junior Elena Meiggs attended the program. Satterfield later became involved.

Warren became involved in 2015 through Teresa Coleman, RCS dance instructor, who connected her with the director of CDI, Casey Noblett, who is from Roxboro.

Satterfield said, “Seeing their pictures and videos from the previous year of the camp made me want to be a part of the program.”

In order to get into the program, all of the girls had to submit a video audition and an introduction of themselves.

This year, the girls attended CDI from July 10 until July 22, and were in dance class from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day.

“We participated in mock auditions in front of an agent and big dancers from Los Angeles and New York. We also attended seminars that taught about the financial and business aspects of the professional dance world,” said Satterfield.

“We got to do on-camera acting for commercials and film, and we also got to make our own music videos,” added Warren.

Satterfield’s favorite part of CDI was getting to work with and meet new dancers and choreographers. “Everyone there shared the same love for dance that I did, which was really refreshing,” said Satterfield.

Satterfield said the ballet classes were most difficult for her, but she eventually realized that even though she was struggling, she was improving.

Warren said she enjoyed making the music video the most. Ballroom dancing was her biggest challenge; she had never taken a ballroom class before.

“I made many new connections in the dance world,” Warren said. “It was the experience of a lifetime and it really prepares you for the real world of dance.”

Satterfield said, “I would definitely go back to CDI if I was given the opportunity. I had a great experience, I made so many new friends and learned so much. There was nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

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