Dancer accepted into prestigious program

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Virginia Batten, a freshman at Greenfield School and a student at the Brand Performing Arts Center, has been accepted into the New York University Dance Intensive in New York City for the summer session.

“NYU is one of the most prestigious dance programs for undergraduate students,” said BPAC owner Barrett Hildebrand. “This is an amazing highlight for one of our youth here in Wilson.”

The focus of the dance intensive is developing creativity, evolving technical and artistic skills, deepening an appreciation and understanding of the art form and preparing students for future goals in higher education and careers in the dance field.

“Virginia has an incredible work ethic in and outside of the studio and has even asked her mom if they could turn their garage into a dance studio, which has been done and is equipped with a dance floor, mirrors, ballet barres and HVAC,” Hildebrand said. “Virginia has been known for waking up in the wee hours of the morning to practice her techniques even before going to school. Then after school lets out, she does her homework and goes back out to the “dance garage” and practices before she has her nightly classes at BPAC.”