If you know Leslie, you know she isn't one to talk about her own achievements...but as the Nolte Academy marketing team, we couldn't help but share! Each year, 10 women are recognized for making a difference in the Corridor as role models and leaders in their fields and community, and our own Leslie Nolte has been selected as a Woman of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal!
Honorees are selected by the previous year’s Women of Influence. Below is the full list of honorees as well as some excerpts from letters of recommendation submitted on her behalf!
Affect's presence was small but mighty at NYCDA this past weekend in Chicago. We had a fantastic showing from our participants, and so appreciate all the support Affect families offered to make it an extra enjoyable weekend! Now, on to the accolades and photos!
Awards #1: Mini and Junior Solos and Duets
Top 10 Mini soloists:
2- Gabe- Dont Worry
Top 10 Mini Duets/trios:
4- Gabe and Maya
Top 10 Junior Soloists:
Top 10 Junior Duets/Trios:
4- Quinn and Delaine- Orange Colored Sky
Awards #2: Teen Solos (75 entries)
Top 15 Teen soloists:
9- Emma McMahon - On Broadway
2- Tatiana - Timelapse
Awards #3: Teen Groups and Line
Fuse - HGold
Breathe - Platinum
Make me Feel - Platinum
Mess is Mine - Platinum
Class Act Studio:
(representing your dancers with class) - Nolte Academy
Regional Scholarship to NYCDA next season:
Ballet: Emma McMahon
Tap: Quinn Fridrich
Isaak Martin And Maya Cheng
Tatiana Schmidt, Sigrid Rossi, Delaine Tyler, Emma McMahon, Gabe Johnson, Maya Cheng, Isaak Martin
$1,000 Perry Mansfield Scholarship:
$500 Body Traffic Scholarship:
Outstanding dancers: (National Convention Scholarship in New York City)
Minis - Gabe Johnson
Teens - Emma McMahon and Delaine Tyler
Fuse High Gold - 289.1/300
Breathe - Platinum 291.6/300
Make Me Feel - Platinum 290.7/300
Mess is Mine - Platinum 290.25/300
We are so pleased to share with you that Robyn Watson has accepted the position of Tap Director at Nolte Academy! Robyn will be an integral part of our program, and has her sights set on strengthening it even more. She will be joining the faculty starting with fall classes, and also available for tap lessons and classes this summer, along with instructing at Open Doors Dance Festival. Those dates are still being determined, but we will update you as the summer schedule is set.
A graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Theater, Robyn Watson hails from Philadelphia. In 2016, she served as the tap instructor for the Broadway sensation Shuffle Along, and recently collaborated with Grammy award nominee and MacArthur Genius award recipient Rhiannon Giddens. She has studied under the direction of Tony award winner Savion Glover for the past nine years, and continues to perform with him. In 2017, Robyn was a featured artist for the Grammy nominated live album American Originals: 1918 with the Cincinnati Pops. Robyn has been recognized as one of the "20 Hot Tappers, 20 and Under" by Dance Spirit Magazine. She has been a performer for more than 20 years and a tap dance educator for more than 15. Robyn is also a skilled costume designer and writer.
Nolte Academy will be a drop-off site for book and media donations (DVDs, CDs) for the annual Shelter House Book Sale.
The sale is one of this important community organization's major fundraisers. Shelter House operates a 70-bed emergency shelter, along with four homes and a housing-first complex where they provide 47 permanent supportive housing units. Their programs and support services focus on housing, employment and mental health recovery and help hundreds of men, women and children each year.
If you have items you would like to donate, the collection area is just inside our front door to the left.
We will be accepting donations through Saturday, February 8.
The sale takes place at the Johnson County Fairgrounds on March 28 and 29. Thank you in advance for supporting this vital organization.
This week we welcome back Robyn!
She will be teaching Thursday workshops, Friday workshop classes. We are also thrilled to share that she will be choreographing our 4 tap workshop groups on Thursdays to be presented at the 20th Annual Nolte Academy Recitals at Hancher.
Robyn will be joining us for 8-10 weeks this Spring to prepare our classes for the stage. Please note: Friday workshops are not recital classes and she will use this time for technique and rudiments. If you have a solo/duet/trio needing extra work - let me know if you'd like to schedule a rehearsal with her with your availability noted for this Friday and Saturday. For her future weekends, we will send out a sign up genius.
A graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Theater, Robyn Watson hails from Philadelphia. In 2016, she served as the tap instructor for the Broadway sensation Shuffle Along, and recently collaborated with Grammy award nominee and MacArthur Genius award recipient Rhiannon Giddens. She has toured with and studied under the direction of Tony award winner Savion Glover for the past nine years, and continues to perform with him. In 2017, Robyn was a featured artist for the Grammy nominated live album American Originals: 1918 with the Cincinnati Pops. Robyn has been recognized as one of the "20 Hot Tappers, 20 and Under" by Dance Spirit Magazine. She has been a performer for more than 20 years and a tap dance educator for more than 15. Robyn is also a skilled costume designer and writer.
Sunday, December 22
Please join us for a very special event at
Sidekick Coffee & Books!
We are excited to celebrate John Robert Allman's new book A is for Audra! This stunning picture book was recently featured on one of BuzzFeed's gift lists and Indie Kids' Next List. Books will be available for purchase at Sidekick.
In addition to Allman reading from and signing copies of his book, vocalists from Fryvecind Voice Studio/Nolte Academy will be performing musical theatre pieces. It's going to be a fun and festive time!
See you there!
This Friday, December 13, Sarah Barragán will be auditioning and beginning rehearsals for Coppélia excerpts to be performed at Danceworks, two performances on Saturday April 25, 2020 at Liberty High School Auditorium. Danceworks is a Nolte production of classical ballet repertoire and original works. Coppélia auditions are for those in Ballet 3+.
There also is an opportunity for Ballet B, Ballet 1 and Ballet 2 dancers to audition with Sarah for excerpts from a ballet called The Circus - with dances for Poodles, Acrobats and Ponies. Auditions will be Saturday, January 4 from 2-2:30 pm.
Coppélia auditions are this Friday, December 13 at 6:30 pm at Nolte Academy. Registration with brief paperwork and number attachments begins at 5:45 pm. There is no need to register in advance. Rehearsal for some of the selected dancers will begin immediately following the audition. The rehearsal schedule for the next two weekends is below. Rehearsals for Coppélia will typically be held Fridays from 6-8:30 pm and Saturdays from 2-6 pm. Our younger age groups will have a set time scheduled each week for family convenience until we get to full run throughs beginning early April.
Friday 12/13 Rehearsals
7-8:30 pm Mazurka (Ballet 3+ dancers who are chosen)
Saturday 12/14 Rehearsals
2:30-4:30 pm Friends + Coppelia
4:30-6:30 pm Mazurka
Friday 12/20 Rehearsals
6-6:30 pm Mazurka
6:30-8:30 pm Friends + Coppelia
Additional pieces for Danceworks will be auditioned later in January. There are additional production/costume fees associated with these performances.