West Side Performing Arts

BIO 2005:

After my year as DOTY, I continued to dance and attend Tremaine Dance Conventions during my last two years of high school. After graduating I headed to Point Park College in Pittsburgh to take the next step toward my dream. In 2004, I received a BA with a major in Musical Theater and a minor in Dance. During college, I was fortunate enough to take part in many performances. Some of my favorite memories are: dancing in the Annual Aids Benefits, dancing back up for Neil Young on his summer tour, performing for Macy’s during the Christmas season, dancing as a chicken at a Pirates games (humility only makes us stronger), in A Chorus Line and performing at professional theaters during the summers in such shows as 42nd Street, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Following graduation, I was selected to take part in PPC’s first annual NYC showcase performing for agents and casting directors at the Signature Theater on 42nd Street. While in New York, I was also chosen to be an extra on Saturday Night Live for their season finale hosted by the Olsen Twins. After the showcase I found myself in West Virginia performing professionally doing summer stock. Then I headed out to Ft. Myers, FL, where I performed the role of Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Next I toured the country for eight weeks performing in a musical revue honoring Richard Rogers. After that, I made the move to NYC. I will be performing in The Boyfriend, directed by Julie Andrews, at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, from June through September 2005, followed by a six-month tour. Becoming a part of the Tremaine Family was one of the greatest honors and achievements thus far in my life. They gave me what I consider to be the opportunity of a lifetime. I say this because they saw the potential of what I could become and embraced that to the fullest extent. They believed in me and taught me to believe in myself. They gave me the chance to grow and showed me that my dreams were within my reach. I consider that year a major stepping stone in my pursuit to become a professional performer. It helped me not only grow as a dancer, but also as a person. From the moment I won, I was taken into the heart of each and every person who worked for Tremaine Dance Conventions. Having to give up my title was one of the hardest and most heartbreaking experiences because I loved them so much and we truly were a “family.” Although it’s been seven years since we last saw each other, I still feel just as close to each and every one of them. I always felt that my year as a DOTY was magical and I would NOT be where I am today if not for that experience. Thank you Joe and the rest of the Tremaine Family.