Alonzo Russell, co-founder & director of Fatally Unique, the dance crew that made it to the semi-finals of “America’s Got Talent”, will be a guest choreographer at this summer’s ArtsPlace program. It will be a “homecoming” of sorts. Alonzo was a youth apprentice on the ArtsPlace Dance Team when he was in high school. On his evaluation that first year he said “I love ArtsPlace. It’s like a family.” He will work with his former ArtsPlace teacher and mentor, Tamara Newquist.
Tammy and I remember Alonzo’s first interview. He shook hands, introduced himself as Prince Alonzo Russell, and presented his game plan for becoming a professional entertainer. “I think ArtsPlace could help me get where I want to be.” Then he began interviewing us. After he left Tammy and I looked at each other and simultaneously said “Wow.” We hoped his talent matched his confidence. Alonzo has proven it does.
ArtsPlace is a program of the Rockford Area Arts Council for youth 14-18 years who are serious about the arts. In addition to dance, the 2012 ArtsPlace teams are: Jewelry, with Tricia Sheridan; Painting, with Maya Simmons; Printmaking, with Bruce McDonald; Sculpture,with Marco Basurto; and Theater, with Richard Raether.
ArtsPlace runs Monday-Thursdays, June 18-August 9, from 12:30-4:30 PM at Rockford College Clark Arts Center. Applications are being taken until seats are filled.
Youth ages 14-18, residing in Winnebago & Boone counties are eligible.
For more information call the Arts Council: 815-963-6765 or go on-line: http://www.artsforeveryone.com/
ArtsPlace is supported through grants, business and service club sponsorships, and individual contributions. There is no charge to participate.