This fall, Martha Bryan is going to the Big Apple to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dancer. She is one of 30 young college-bound dancers accepted to The Ailey School/Fordham University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Program (BFA). The university is the official school of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.
Graduating from Dearborn High School this June with a 4.0 GPA and ranked 26th in a batch of 369 seniors, Martha received a Gold Cord Award, the highest academic honors a student can achieve. In addition, she was given a Robert Ficano Scholarship Award and the Superintendent’s Honors Award for Academic Excellence, Outstanding Leadership Skills and involvement in community service through her work with the American Red Cross, Peer Mediation and Peace Club, as an active member of Thespian and volunteer at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.[box type=”default” size=”large”] She receives highest academic honors at Dearborn High [/box]This “grand jete” from Michigan is grateful to the Angie Hahn Academy of Dance in Livonia for her training in ballet, pointe class and jazz as well as the Zone Studio in Southfield for her skills in modern dance and hip-hop. She is also grateful to her parents, Todd and Victoria (who is a Filipina) and her sister Josephine for supporting her. (Victoria is a sister of Atty. Maria Rita Reyes-Stuby, who is a columnist of this newspaper.)
She is praised for her dedication and commitment to her dream of becoming a professional dancer. She attends classes six days a week and goes to rehearsals and performances during the entire school year.
Though not a stranger to the big city where she had lived and attended intensive dance programs for the past three summers and also performed in the theaters at the Lincoln Center Area, she believes that “New York City is the best place for young and aspiring artists and performers. There are a lot of great opportunities, and everyday is your career apprenticeship.”
Before she goes to Fordham this fall, she will attend more intensive summer classes at The Dance Theater of Harlem, courtesy of a merit scholarship which she is honored to receive.