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Art Focus: Jeffrey Alkins

Posted By Sophie Scharlin-Pettee On April 14, 2011 @ 11:52 pm In Arts and Entertainment | Comments Disabled

“I love to dance.  It allows me to paint a picture through movement for all watching to see.”
Senior Jeffrey Alkins has been dancing his whole life.“I was always a dancer at social gatherings…but it wasn’t until I joined my first art studio and professional youth company at twelve that my dance career was truly born.”
Alkins has been a part of the Origination Cultural Arts Center ever since, and it is where he has received his technical training.
He has also danced in numerous productions of the professional youth company, Nia Dance Company, where he is currently a senior troupe member.
The Nia Dance Company is presently planning on defending their title at the Prelude New England Urban Dance Competition on April 9th.
Alkins takes as many as twelve to fourteen hours of dance classes a week, ranging regularly from Hip Hop to African to Ballet.
As well as taking many dance classes, he is a star student, taking two AP’s and one honors course, while also being an active member of Harambee, Newton South’s gospel choir.
Within his dance companies and troupes, Alkins performs locally and throughout the country while also touring internationally.
The summer does not take away from his impressive focus; Alkins has once performed five shows in a three day period.
He also tours colleges and universities during the summer, performing at places like Yale and UConn.
“This summer I plan on taking several Master Classes with guest professional choreographers. I’m also planning a trip to California for two weeks to take as many open classes at different studios as possible.
New choreographers are a great way to grow as a dancer and artist.”
Alkins sees his dance as also spiritual, as “(he) thinks art is beautiful, and anyone who does a successful job of displaying his or her artwork adds to the world.”
He finds that dancers must “grow and reach deep inside themselves to produce something raw, beautiful, and so real.”
For Alkins, dance is a way of opening up to other people and sharing an experience, as “by watching, the viewer is joining me in the journey.”
Along with dancing, Alkins has a newly-discovered love of the performing arts: he was recently cast as one of the male leads in Hairspray, Seaweed.
Alkins relished the part, saying “I love to act and perform.” While also enjoying theater and acting, Alkins takes two chorus classes at South, the first being Madrigals, the junior-senior choir, and the aforementioned Harambee.
Recently, he performed in Tertulia, Newton South’s student talent show.
Simultaneously as a dancer and performer, Alkins is being recruited by colleges for football and track, as he is an enthusiastic participant of both Newton South teams. He also loves to swim, this being his favorite sport.
Though he works hard and is a vital member of both his dance troupes and sports teams, he has never felt the pressure to choose between one or the other.
In fact, his passion transcends both climates, saying “the feeling of being on stage is only matched by that of the field or whatever the competitive athletic venue may be.”
As for the future, Alkins has many dreams and is keeping his options open.
“As of now I am still undecided as to where I’ll be spending the next four years.
However, regardless of where I go I know dance will always be a part of my future.”
“Whether I have to join my school’s company/group, minor in dance, or double major with dance as one of them…I will continue to expand as a dancer. It has become an important part of my identity.”
When considering his life beyond college, Alkins has no single idea he has chosen to pursue.
“I really have a soft spot for policy change and social activism.  So don’t be surprised if you hear my name in politics someday.
Or I could just go into sports medicine and massage/physical therapy. Then again, I do love to write.”
For Alkins, “The world is my oyster. Why limit myself, you know? I want to learn as much as possible, see as much as possible, and do as much as possible.
“I have big plans.”

“I love to dance.  It allows me to paint a picture through movement for all watching to see.”Senior Jeffrey Alkins has been dancing his whole life.“I was always a dancer at social gatherings…but it wasn’t until I joined my first art studio and professional youth company at twelve that my dance career was truly born.”Alkins has been a part of the Origination Cultural Arts Center ever since, and it is where he has received his technical training.He has also danced in numerous productions of the professional youth company, Nia Dance Company, where he is currently a senior troupe member.The Nia Dance Company is presently planning on defending their title at the Prelude New England Urban Dance Competition on April 9th.Alkins takes as many as twelve to fourteen hours of dance classes a week, ranging regularly from Hip Hop to African to Ballet.As well as taking many dance classes, he is a star student, taking two AP’s and one honors course, while also being an active member of Harambee, Newton South’s gospel choir.Within his dance companies and troupes, Alkins performs locally and throughout the country while also touring internationally.The summer does not take away from his impressive focus; Alkins has once performed five shows in a three day period.He also tours colleges and universities during the summer, performing at places like Yale and UConn.“This summer I plan on taking several Master Classes with guest professional choreographers. I’m also planning a trip to California for two weeks to take as many open classes at different studios as possible.New choreographers are a great way to grow as a dancer and artist.”Alkins sees his dance as also spiritual, as “(he) thinks art is beautiful, and anyone who does a successful job of displaying his or her artwork adds to the world.” He finds that dancers must “grow and reach deep inside themselves to produce something raw, beautiful, and so real.” For Alkins, dance is a way of opening up to other people and sharing an experience, as “by watching, the viewer is joining me in the journey.”Along with dancing, Alkins has a newly-discovered love of the performing arts: he was recently cast as one of the male leads in Hairspray, Seaweed.Alkins relished the part, saying “I love to act and perform.” While also enjoying theater and acting, Alkins takes two chorus classes at South, the first being Madrigals, the junior-senior choir, and the aforementioned Harambee.Recently, he performed in Tertulia, Newton South’s student talent show.Simultaneously as a dancer and performer, Alkins is being recruited by colleges for football and track, as he is an enthusiastic participant of both Newton South teams. He also loves to swim, this being his favorite sport.Though he works hard and is a vital member of both his dance troupes and sports teams, he has never felt the pressure to choose between one or the other.In fact, his passion transcends both climates, saying “the feeling of being on stage is only matched by that of the field or whatever the competitive athletic venue may be.”As for the future, Alkins has many dreams and is keeping his options open.“As of now I am still undecided as to where I’ll be spending the next four years.However, regardless of where I go I know dance will always be a part of my future.”“Whether I have to join my school’s company/group, minor in dance, or double major with dance as one of them…I will continue to expand as a dancer. It has become an important part of my identity.”When considering his life beyond college, Alkins has no single idea he has chosen to pursue.“I really have a soft spot for policy change and social activism.  So don’t be surprised if you hear my name in politics someday.Or I could just go into sports medicine and massage/physical therapy. Then again, I do love to write.” For Alkins, “The world is my oyster. Why limit myself, you know? I want to learn as much as possible, see as much as possible, and do as much as possible.“I have big plans.”

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