BDC welcomed Drew Jacoby to teach a series of Contemporary master classes in April. The tall beauty, hailed by Dance Magazine as a “dance goddess,” began her professional career as a principal dancer for Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. She won a 2005 Princess Grace Award and in 2006 was voted Dance Magazine’s “It Girl.” In 2007, she moved to New York City to begin her freelance career and market herself independently from a ballet company. In 2008, Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk co-founded their own company (Jacoby & Pronk) which has performed all over the world. In 2010, she founded a media website called DancePulp which features HD video interviews of the world’s top dance industry professionals.
“[Drew Jacoby] is contemporary ballet royalty and a dancer that I’ve always looked up to. She has such a unique style and effortless way of moving. She really cared about helping out the class and gave every person specific corrections.” – Emily Gallo-Lopez (BDC student)
“I was initially nervous to take an advanced contemporary class, but it was incredible. As a tall dancer, I often feel awkward with my head poking out atop the class’s or my limbs flying in every direction. But Drew Jacoby is even taller than me, and it was amazing to see how she ‘doesn’t apologize’ for taking up space when she dances. Her movement was so full and virtuosic – it felt great on my body and I am going to apply it to my other classes!” – Mary Callahan (BDC student)
“Drew Jacoby is one of those truly transcendent dancers — she scarcely seems real. At BDC we seek always to bring the finest in dance instruction for our students, and having Drew teach here was very much a coup in that endeavor.” – Bonnie Erickson (BDC Director of Educational Programming)