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The New York Times featured freshman Leonay Shepherd as a next generation cabaret showstopper in "Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers"

10/22/2020

The New York Times featured freshman Leonay Shepherd as a next generation cabaret showstopper in "Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers"

Teens competing for the New York Cabaret Convention are proving that young people are invested in the Great American Songbook.

Leonay Shepherd, 18: Born and raised in Harlem; 2020 graduate of Professional Performing Arts School, now a freshman at Pace University.

“I would love to do everything — Broadway and cabaret, and I’m open to TV and film,” Shepherd said, adding, “I’m half Puerto Rican and half Caribbean, and growing up, I didn’t see many people that looked like me in musical theater. So that’s another driving force in my head — I want another little brown girl to see that if I can do it, she can do it.”

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Broadway World featured Dyson Professor Peter Thoresen in "'William Waldrop And Peter Thoresen To Offer Upcoming 'Kander And Tesori Zoom Edition' Of Their Musical Theatre Masterclass Series"

10/08/2020

Broadway World featured Dyson Professor Peter Thoresen in "'William Waldrop And Peter Thoresen To Offer Upcoming 'Kander And Tesori Zoom Edition' Of Their Musical Theatre Masterclass Series"

Broadway music director and conductor William Waldrop (Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita) and award-winning voice teacher and music director Peter Thoresen (faculty at Pace University, Peter Thoresen Vocal Studios, Musical Theatre College Auditions; students in Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls & many more) will offer their 3 installment masterclass series Broadway Combos beginning October 13.

Dr. Peter Thoresen is an award-winning voice teacher, performer and music director. He maintains a thriving private studio in NYC (Peter Thoresen Vocal Studios) and is an adjunct professor of voice at Pace University. His students appear regularly on Broadway (Dear Evan Hansen, Caroline, or Change, Hamilton, Mean Girls, Kinky Boots, Beetlejuice and many others), off-Broadway, in national tours, and on TV and film. Peter also teaches, music directs, and performs in the Middle East and Asia with the Association of American Voices. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in voice from the Indiana University Jacob School of Music.

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Essex Magazine featured Dyson alumna Sydney Mesher in "Born Without a Hand – Pro Dancer Sydney Mesher Reshapes Perception of Disability"

10/05/2020

Essex Magazine featured Dyson alumna Sydney Mesher in "Born Without a Hand – Pro Dancer Sydney Mesher Reshapes Perception of Disability"

By the time she was in third grade, she had joined her studio’s competition team and was dancing 25 hours a week, training primarily in jazz, tap and ballet, in addition to hip-hop. It quickly became apparent that Mesher matched her passion with natural talent. While attending Pace University in New York City, she began auditioning and booking jobs as a professional dancer, model, and motivational speaker. She has been interviewed and been featured in articles by CNN, NBC, NBC Nightly News, ESPN, the Oregonian, Newsday, People Magazine, GMA, New York Post, and the Mighty.

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Pop Sugar featured Dancer Sydney Mesher in "Dancer Sydney Mesher: "It's Time to Start Reshaping the Perception of the Word Disability""

09/29/2020

Pop Sugar featured Dancer Sydney Mesher in "Dancer Sydney Mesher: "It's Time to Start Reshaping the Perception of the Word Disability""

Growing up in Oregon, Mesher went to a public high school with a dance performing arts division, and she then studied Fine Arts at Pace University (her degree is a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Dance). Her focus of dance, she said, is hip-hop and jazz. Though having a limb difference brings its challenges - especially during partner work or using props - it has helped her become a problem solver, which she said benefits her in everyday life and in her career.

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Teller Report featured alumnus Bradley Cooper in "Science-loving Hollywood stars ... Know their university degrees"

08/31/2020

Teller Report featured alumnus Bradley Cooper in "Science-loving Hollywood stars ... Know their university degrees"

When Bradley was a little boy, he initially wanted to go to military school, and as he got older he chose to pursue something more realistic like acting; So he collected all his belongings after graduation and moved to New York, and there he obtained a master's degree in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in 2000. Before that degree was in Bradley's hands, he was His path has started by performing in small roles on the movie screen.

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Dance Magazine featured Pace University in "What Will College Dance Departments Look Like in a COVID-19 World?"

08/25/2020

Dance Magazine featured Pace University in "What Will College Dance Departments Look Like in a COVID-19 World?"

Some colleges, like Pace University in New York City, are leaving the choice up to each student. "It's imperative to me as the director that the parents and the students understand that particularly Pace, but most importantly myself, that I have their health and well-being held close to my heart," says Rhonda Miller, director of the commercial dance program. "I want to make sure that they make the most personal choice that is right for them."

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