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At the age of 5, Samantha Harvey began training at the TU Children's Dance Division in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance styles. When the time came for her to go to college, the familiarity of Towson and its programs had her turning down offers from across the country in order to attend TU. During her college career here, she danced in the TU Dance Company, learning repertoire from and working with world renowned choreographers, in addition to original choreography by TU Dance faculty.
As a Towson student Samantha double majored in dance and sociology, and while the 20-24 credit course load per semester was intense, it offered a well-rounded education and the opportunity to interact with non-dancers, allowing her to feel like a "normal" college student! But her career path has been anything but normal since she left Towson. In the spring semester of her senior year, Samantha auditioned at Radio City Music Hall with over 500 women in hopes of joining the famous Rockettes! The 2-day audition included jazz, tap, and the world famous eye high kicks. All of the training paid off when she received a call two months later welcoming her to the tour. In 2008 she joined the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Arena Tour, performing in 18 cities. The troupe would rehearse 6 hours a day, 6 days per week in preparation for the 90 minute show that would be performed up to 4 times a day. The performance is fast-paced and energetic, including 8 costume changes and over 300 of the Rockette's famous eye high kicks. In 2009, the show expanded to 31 cities through Canada and the east coast.
In addition to her involvement with the Rockettes, Samantha performs with modern dance company KerPlunk Dance and contemporary modern dance company dre.dance. Her days are spent rehearsing and taking classes in dance technique, pilates, yoga, and spin. She also received her National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal training certificate. Although the tour with the Rockettes is a tremendous amount of hard work, Samantha says that "To be a part of this 80 year legacy and to perform with a group of such talented, amazing women for audiences of up to 9,000 people is the most amazing thing I've experienced!" Looking back on her days at Towson, she adds that "All of the dance faculty members truly helped shape and mold me into the person I am today."
Please follow these links to learn more about the Rockettes, Dre.dance, or KerPlunk Dance.
Towson Heritage Celebration
The Alumni Relations Office is looking for our legacy students and alumni. Family connections are a part of Towson University’s success. Many of our current students are sons and daughters of Towson alumni, or they have legacy connections through their siblings or grandparents. We believe that these legacy connections are something to commemorate, so we are inviting all of our legacy alumni and students to a special “Towson Heritage Celebration.” Please let us know if you are part of a Towson University legacy family and we will get you the information about the event.
Culminating the 2010 Plan
Since President Caret's 2007 signing of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, Towson University's green initiatives have increased awareness and changed behavior across campus to Go Green with remarkable results. Benefiting from our 3,000 single-stream RecycleALL receptacles across campus, Towson placed first in the State in RecycleMania, the 2009 recycling competition. The University is committed to achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a nationally-recognized sustainability rating system, for all future campus buildings beginning with the new College of Liberal Arts building. Alternative transportation such as the recently launched off-campus shuttle program enjoys a booming ridership of more than 25,000 rides per month and the new university Zipcars provide low-cost, short-term car rentals to students, faculty, and staff.
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