‘Dream big,’ alumnus tells students

Posted: March, 10, 2017 - 9:32am

‘Dream big,’ alumnus tells students

Alumnus Paul Vickers ’09 visited Lakes on March 8 to lead students in theatre classes in a dance workshop. He is a professional dancer in New York City.

Throughout each class period, he guided students through a variety of interactive dance experiences that encouraged them to explore space and emotion and to break out of their normal routines. After, he answered students’ questions about how he found his way to the arts as a profession, and he encouraged them to dream big.

Vickers began his pre-professional dance training with Forum Dance Theatre outside of Chicago, performing nationally and internationally in works by many Chicago-based choreographers, including Eddy Ocampo, Brent Caburnay, and Nick Pupillo. He received his B.A. in Dance and minor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and was awarded with the Outstanding Student Performer Award by the American College Dance Festival Association and Dance Magazine in 2012. While at LMU, Paul had the pleasure of working with and performing works by Ryan Heffington, Keith Johnson, Ursula Payne, Lauren Adams, and Chad Michael Hall.

Paul worked intimately with Benjamin Levy and Sidra Bell while dancing with San Francisco’s LEVYdance and has since worked with Holly Johnston/Ledges and Bones (CA), Heidi Duckler Dance Theater (CA), Korhan Basaran (NY), MADBOOTS DANCE (NY), BARE Dance Company (NY), and ChrisMastersDance (NY). He currently dances with Gallim Dance (NY).

Paul started teaching dance at a hometown studio in 2006 and continued to pursue his love of teaching children and adults at studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and now, New York. He has taught at a professional level at Peridance and Gibney Dance Center in NYC, LEVYstudio in San Francisco, and Aksanat in Istanbul, Turkey. Paul currently travels to teach and choreograph at Grosse Point Dance Centre in Detroit and teaches open company classes for Gallim Dance in Brooklyn, NY.

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