Ballet Master Kellye Saunders of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company recently led an exclusive dance lesson for more than 20 aspiring dancers at the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts.
“She is a role model for us,” said dance student Mary Scott from the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD. “Her being here sets a high standard and I think it makes us all want to do better.”
Long Island High School for the Arts strives to provide its students with innovative, real-life experiences to incorporate into the classroom. Nassau BOCES has partnered with the Tilles Center and Long Island University to make the Master Class with Saunders possible, as well as several other activities in the future.
“I think by working with these students it helps to motivate them,” said Saunders. “Although I know they listen to their teacher, when they hear someone else say the same things to them, it can be a motivational tool. It also helps me to learn how best to work with young dancers.”