This past December, Katelyn Hurst (Jr.), performed in Houston Repertoire Ballet’s "The Nutcracker" at Tomball High School's theater. The performances included eight total shows, three school shows and five public performances.
This year, Katelyn performed as a Snowflake, Opening/Closing Flower, and a Party Lady. According to Katelyn and her family, it was a blessing to have many Concordia teachers and students able to share and enjoy this wonderful Nutcracker experience with Katelyn.
Katelyn began her dance training at the age of three and her pointe training at the age of ten. Throughout Katelyn’s 13+ years of dancing, she has continued to strengthen her artistic ability. Last summer she was accepted and attended Summer Intensives with Houston Repertoire Ballet and Joffrey Ballet NYC. She is currently preparing for several auditions for upcoming Summer Intensives for 2022, including Austin Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Houston Ballet, as well as college programs for after her senior year.
Katelyn’s current ballet instruction is under Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB), a non-profit organization that provides premier pre-professional classical ballet instruction, education, and performance experience. HRB has various outreach programs to further enrich the community with the art of ballet, including outreach programs, retirement home visits, scholarship programs, ticket programs to the underserved, as well as their annual Children’s Guild. HRB Children’s Guild provides aspiring young dancers education with direct interaction and guidance from their company dancers throughout the school year. HRB Senior Company members, including Katelyn, are provided with opportunities for mentoring and leadership experiences.
While Concordia does not currently offer a comprehensive dance program, many current Concordia students as well as former students, have been active dancers during their high school years. We are very supportive of the passions and activities that all of our students pursue in their high school years, including those that are not offered under our extra-curricular umbrella. Other activities have included acting, equestrian, gymnastics, and hockey.