We are thrilled to begin our collaboration with The Juilliard School this fall. One of the benefits of our collaboration with Juilliard is regular Juilliard Affiliated Artist Visits.
Drew Sandbulte our first Juilliard visiting Artist of the school year presented a challenging and masterful ballet and jazz classes to our 6th-12th grade dancers during our Summer Dance Intensive. After graduating from the Perpich Center Arts High School in Minneapolis, Mr. Sandbulte studied at The Juilliard School where he had the opportunity to work with many notable choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Robert Battle and William Forsythe. While attending Juilliard, Drew also had the opportunity to dance with Neil Young, perform in honor for the Prince and Princess of the Netherlands, and was featured on the Ovation network in the documentary series “Dance School: Juilliard”. Upon receiving his BFA, Drew went on to dance for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. He has also performed with Ez Danza (Montreal), Okulamba Dance Theater (Kampala, Uganda), and has been featured as a guest artist with Boca Ballet Theater. Drew currently resides in Miami, FL where he is on faculty at New World School of the Arts in both the college and high school divisions.
We are also excited to have Juilliard graduate and Faculty member at Miami City Ballet, Herman Payne as our Juilliard Artist in Residence, who will serve as our Guest Choreographer for our high school production of Cabaret.
Herman has performed with the Aspen Ballet and has also appeared in The International Tours of Fosse and West Side Story, 9 to 5 on Broadway, The New York City Center Encores’ production of The Wiz, House of Flowers, Pajama Game, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2000 – 2012) and Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Special. Besides Michael Jackson, Herman has worked with Mariah Carey, Usher, Mya, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox, Thalia, Tony Moran, Lisa Lisa, Kevin Aviance, Love INC and Camp LO.
Herman has also appeared on Saturday Night Live and in the motion pictures Marci X, Bolden/The Great Observer, and Tony Tango. Herman is currently working with new recording artist Ashley Allen as well as singer-songwriter Ari Gold and multi-talented performer KFIR, and will also serve as Resident Judge for the 2014 Midwest Starz Dance Competition Tour, which takes place in cities such as Indianapolis and St. Louis.
We look forward to welcoming additional Juilliard affiliated artists to our campus!