About Me

I have been a professional dancer in, and out of New York City since 2014. My performing career has taken me around the world on cruise ships, and through the continental United States as well as a dance adjudicator and choreographer. 

 

I started formal training at Virginia School of the Arts, and later graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in dance and a minor in business. While at Mason, I was privileged to perform works by Elizabeth Price, Susan Shields, Christopher D' Amboise, Billy Smith III, Diane Coburn Bruning, as well as numerous student choreographed works. While at Mason, I took advantage of opportunities to enhance my natural leadership skills, participating in a university president-led seminar on leadership. I also served on the executive board for the School of Dance, and was a student member of the Center For the Arts action counsel which brainstormed and researched improvements to be made to the performing arts facilities. 

 

My summers were spent visiting NYC and participating in programs with RIOULT Dance, the Radio City Rockettes, as well as the Paul Taylor School. I also spent a summer in London, completing a summer course on international business ethics at King's College. Shortly after graduation, I moved to New York City to pursue performance as a freelance artist.

 

I have performed with Rachael Kosch Dance and Arthur Aviles in New York City. I found performance opportunities at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as a main performer, dance captain, and female dancer/ singer dancer swing at the park, and have performed in shows directed by Jennifer Jancuska, Karma Camp, Lisa Shriver, and Matt Davenport Productions. I have also been privileged to "travel" my career with Celebrity Cruises, performing as both a dancer and aerialist onboard ships that have sailed the Caribbean, Alaska, Asia, Iceland, and the Baltic.

Along with performing, I have found a deep connection to dance adjudicating. A lot of my childhood training came from the invaluable weekends I spent on the road at dance competitions up and down the east coast of the US, and for the last two years I have been fortunate enough to return to that same environment- this time, on the other side of the table! I spent a season working backstage as a stage manager for Legacy Dance Championships. I have critiqued dancers for CRU dance, as well as teaching master classes and choreographing routines for the "On Broadway" national dance company for CRU. This company, meticulously chosen throughout the competition season, is comprised of top musical theater dancers of their age group and competition level. I never thought I would get so much adrenaline from sharing with younger dancers how important showmanship and technique are. Yet, here I am, embracing and loving every minute of it. 

 

"Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery."

                                                    - Martha Graham

© 2016 by Bronwyn Updike

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