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PCS PRESENTS

an ongoing program of virtual content 
 








Songs from the Spirit - The Journey of an Artwork

(Nov. 11, 2020)

Silas Farley '12  walked us through his creative process as he created Songs from the Spirit, the site-specific ballet commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and performed in its galleries in 2019.  The original music was provided by inmates of San Quentin prison.

Silas Farley '12 is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He is an alumnus of Professional Children’s School (PCS), where he graduated in 2012 with the Jeffrey Lawrence Award for Excellence in all Subjects. He joined the PCS Board as an Alumnus Trustee in 2019. From 2012-2020, Mr. Farley danced with New York City Ballet. He now serves as The Armstrong Visiting Artist in Residence in Ballet in The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.

Watch webinar HERE 

Watch the complete ballet HERE

Watch "Met Stories: How Ballet Dancer Silas Farley Finds Inspiration in the Met Collection."  HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



A Conversation with Sam Akins '14 & Barrett Doss '07 

(Sept. 23, 2020)

An open conversation about racism and inequality in the professional world. 

Sam Akins ‘14 is a professional ballet dancer from the United States. He trained at the School of American Ballet for four years before joining the Los Angeles Ballet. He then danced as a Principal Dancer with the Alabama Ballet, before moving to Australia. Akins works to inspire and pave the way for black and brown dancers not only in the United States but within the Australian dance community.

Barrett Doss ‘07 is an actress currently starring on ABC's Station 19. She graduated from PCS in 2007 before continuing on to study musical theater at NYU and feels very lucky to be able to call herself a working actress. Some favorite past credits include Groundhog Day (Original Broadway Cast), Grey's Anatomy, 30 Rock, and Girls.

Watch the video HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



LIFE AFTER PCS

(MAY 28, 2020)  

The Alumni Association Council hosted the inaugural PCS PRESENTS event.    Moderated by Alumni Association Council President Victoria Grempel '12, the four participants shared stories of their journeys since graduation and discussed the current state of their metamorphoses.    

Maddy Brout '12 - Rock bassist turned UCLA law student
Maiko Kitaoka '12 - American Ballet Theater JKO student turned scientist
Min Yeo '10 - Juilliard Pre-College violinist turned Harvard-educated landscape urbanist
Victoria Grempel '12 - Moderator, Public Affairs Coordinator for The Juilliard School and President of the Professional Children's School Alumni Association Council