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Dancing out of my comfort zone

October 24, 2022 Success Academy

I am a dancer. I like to say: “Anything dance, sign me up.” That’s what originally drew my interest to the Steps on Broadway program through Success Academy’s Dual-Enrollment Visual and Performing Arts opportunity. As a sophomore at SA HSLA Harlem, I am able to take courses that strengthen my technique in ballet, jazz, hip... Read more

When the Magic of the Stage Brings Us Together

February 26, 2020 Success Academy

If there’s one thing we celebrate at Success Academy, it’s self expression — and nowhere is that more apparent than on the night of the annual Festival of Performing Arts. This is one of the most exciting events of the Success Academy school year, a chance for scholars to walk onto the stage and express... Read more

Leading to the Beat: How A High School Freshman Became the “Afrobeat Queen”

July 1, 2019 Success Academy

Wuraola Adetola goes by many different names. Her parents call her “Wuraola.” Her friends call her “Wura.” At Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts, however, she’s been dubbed the “Afrobeat Queen,” for bringing her love of dancing and an urge to try something new to create the Afrobeats Club. Read more

Meet Julia Flete, an NYU Tisch Future Artist

June 18, 2019 Success Academy

Julia Flete just completed a 14-week dance workshop at NYU Tisch, one of the most competitive dance schools in the country. In addition to her weekly classes after school and her advanced conservatory dance elective during the day, Julia spent every Saturday in the spring practicing with current Tisch college students and some of the country's most promising high school dancers. Read more

The Power of Performing Arts

March 4, 2019 Success Academy

SA Union Square is buzzing as performers run through a tech rehearsal for the annual Performing Arts Festival. The festival has been in the works since the fall, with schools from across the network refining dance, chorus, band, theater, and poetry pieces in hopes that they will be included in the evening’s program. All in all, 363 scholars from 16 schools were selected to perform in the event on February 20 — a sold-out success. Read more

Shooting High and Reaching the Stars: Network Dance Team Triumphs at Regional Competition

May 2, 2018 Dedrick Lee Anthony

In late April, head coach Dedrick Lee Anthony took the Success Academy Network Dance Team to the regional division of one of the most prestigious dance competitions in the country, Onstage New York. Read more

Scholars Light Up the Stage — and Send Powerful Social Messages — at Fourth Annual Success Academy Performing Arts Showcase

February 27, 2018 Success Academy

The Performing Arts Showcase featured 11 acts — from musical theater performances and energetic dance routines, to upbeat choir songs and African drumming. Every group auditioned for the chance to represent their school at the showcase. Throughout the Showcase, scholars fused their passions for dance, song, and theater, with strong social messages about racial equality. We know you’ll be inspired as we were by their talent. Read more

Dream Big, Dance Hard — Backstage at the Performing Arts Festival

February 21, 2017 Lauren Anderson

Tomorrow evening, hundreds of Success Academy families and staff will pack into the auditorium at SA Union Square as 170 scholars go through their final stretching routines and vocal warmups backstage. Read more

Building a Dance Community, One Step at a Time

December 14, 2016 Elisabeth Gosselin

Building a strong dance community requires a uniquely concerted effort from both teachers and scholars. Read more

A Dance Party for the Ages

June 13, 2016 LaShauna Flowers

As the saying goes, age is just a number. Just ask my K-3 scholars who recently spent an afternoon giving dance lessons to senior citizens. Read more