Dominican LINES Ballet students invited to Monaco

Three LINES Ballet/Dominican BFA in Dance seniors have returned from Monaco after accepting invitations to the Monaco Dance Forum’s annual Tremplin Jeunes Ballet where the top 50 dance students from around the world, from Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Italy, Holland and Russia, auditioned.


Challyce Brogdon

Rachael Elliott, Challyce Brogdon and Adam Peterson are the first American college dance students to be invited to the prestigious event, according to Marina Hotchkiss, program director of the LINES Ballet program at Dominican. They joined three students from the LINES Ballet School’s Training Program in Monaco.

They performed before 40 company directors from across Europe and North America.

In Monaco, the three Dominican dance students participated in master classes and present an original work created for them by Alonzo King, acclaimed dancer and choreographer who founded the contemporary ballet company, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, in 1982.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students and our program,” Hotchkiss said. “The experience of working so intimately with Alonzo has pushed them to new heights of beauty and expressiveness. I am so proud of these students, and incredibly excited to have them represent us on this international stage.”

Elliott, who hails from New Braintree, Mass. , studied and danced in China last summer. She was in Beijing as part of the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) program and worked with Beijing Dance/LDTX, the first privately founded modern dance company in China.

Brogdon  appeared with LINES Ballet in "Scheherazade" during their recent Fall Home Season at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is from Los Angeles and attended Los Angeles County High School of the Arts.

Peterson, who is from Sacramento, was given special praise by the adjudicators following the LINES’ performance at the Kennedy Center last May as part of the American College Dance Festival National Gala.