Mark Sampson in 'Snow Queen' & 'Now that we've started' being performed at Ballet in the Park. Photos: Bruce Monk
RWB sat down with former PD Student Mark Sampson while he was at the RWB recently. He chatted about Julliard, future aspirations and his time spent dancing at the RWB School.
Mark on Julliard;
When I was at the RWB School, I was going to stay for Level 7 but I was graduating high school. I’d seen Taylor Drury (another former PD student) get into Julliard two years before me. She was kind of what inspired me to research the school. I thought it was really interesting that she was going there and studying contemporary dance, but I didn’t know much about the program.
Julliard is fantastic because we can collaborate with so many different artists. There are composers; there are musicians, actors, playwright so the diversity of talent in one building is super inspiring. To hear a musician play or watch one of the drama programs plays completely impacts your art. So I’m able to take away what I see there and apply it to myself, and that’s the same thing for everyone. Everyone is so dedicated to their art and it’s really inspiring.
Day to day life is incredibly busy. We start with academic classes in the morning, then I’ll go for classes in ballet technique, modern technique, composition, elements of performing, dance history and then I’ll usually have rehearsals.
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Former Principal Dancer and current Ballet Master & Outreach Program Coordinator Jaime Vargas visits Saskatchewan to share his love of dance and movement with students of all ages. Jaime is presenting his lecture ‘A DAY IN A DANCERS LIFE’ as well as getting students moving with dance classes. Jaime’s passion is taking him places! This is also leading up to the RWB Company’s prairie tour. They’ll perform The Sleeping Beauty in Regina, Saskatoon & Brandon next beginning next week.