Dancers Take Center Stage at Performance Awards

Dancers Take Center Stage in Performance Awards

Local Ballet School Participates in American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards

Tallahassee, FL – While most of us were enjoying a typical Sunday on October 23rd, something unique was happening inside the Quincy Music Theatre in Quincy, FL. Dancers from Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee took center stage in their annual American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards.

One by one, each dancer entered the stage performing specific exercises and routines for American Academy of Ballet director Mignon Furman. Each year, the Center diligently practices set exercises from the AAB Syllabus during the fall months to prepare for Mrs. Furman’s arrival. In fact, Mrs. Furman travels from her home in New York multiple times a year to participating international dance schools, and Performing Arts Center is lucky enough to be one of those schools.

The Performance Awards are the unique conception of Mignon Furman. The AAB program is taught throughout the U.S., as well as in 10 other countries, where students receive special instruction in the program from their dance school in addition to their regular classes. These routines are then danced before an audience and Mrs. Furman; for the Performing Arts Center that was the Quincy Music Theatre in front of a packed house of friends and families. Medals and certificates are awarded to each participant, and every student from the Center walked away with a medal to signify the accomplishment of completing their specific level. Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of the afternoon came from senior dancers Haley Iliff and Jennifer Lucas, who completed AAB’s final level, Level 12, both receiving the medal of “Gold with Distinction,” the highest medal a dancer can recieve. Brava!

Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee not only completes American Academy of Ballettraining, but director Amy S. Lowe has been certified to instruct the American Ballet Theatre®National Training Curriculum as well.  The combination of these two programs has made the Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee a well sought out school for some of the best dance instruction in Tallahassee. For more information about Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee, visit

Artistic Director, Amy Lowe, pictured with Level 12 students Haley Iliff and Jennifer Lucas

Mignon Furman addressing the audience


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