Kennedy Brown, 15
year-old daughter of Paul and Michele’ Brown, of Chesterton, has been
selected to represent the United States in the upcoming International Ballet
Ballet Competition is equivalent to the Olympics in the ballet world and
comes to the United States every four years, this year to be held in
Only 100 dancers,
some of whom are paid professionals, are chosen to represent 21 countries,
just 19 from the United States. Kennedy recently competed in the Youth
American Grand Prix where she received the bronze medal. Kennedy has trained
under Tara Drew, wife of Valparaiso University basketball coach Bryce Drew,
at Eclipse Performing Arts in Chesterton.
Tara Drew has
provided outstanding ballet training to Kennedy and the rest of Eclipse
Performing Arts students, and she herself was a semi-finalist in the
International and her mother was a medalist. Eclipse Performing Arts is
owned by Michele’ Brown of Chesterton and is the only studio in Northwest
Indiana which holds five national titles and is home to two national
dance classes in all genres of dance, specializing in ballet technique.
Eclipse Performing Arts offers northwest Indiana the largest and most
diverse team of instructors including Jenna Roberts, Orlee Glazer, Jordan
Brown, Anna Mahoney, and Hunter Brown, all of Chesterton; Amity Mckiddy,
Portage; Suzi Langlois, Rachel Crum and Tina Zulich, all of Valparaiso and
Steve Southall, Merrillville.
Eclipse has an all
star staff and frequently bring in reputable choreographers such as Suzi
Taylor, who trains professional Broadway dancers in New York City. Taylor,
one of the most sought after choreographers in the U.S., choreographed
Kennedy’s contemporary solo required at the International competition.
ceremony for the International Ballet Competition begins June 14, in
Kennedy plans on
pursuing her dreams as well as bringing back her ballet knowledge to her
home studio, Eclipse Performing Arts.