Posting Date: January 10, 2012
Meet Lindsey Blackburn: All around ballet professionalBy Kendrick Gaston
Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant
Lindsey’s feet have been on the move for over fourteen years. The KSU sophomore began taking jazz and tap classes when she was five. She is currently a dance major with a concentration in ballet and a member of the dance honor society, Nu Delta Alpha.
Before coming to KSU, Lindsey was a member of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet. During her junior year of high school, she attended the Joffrey Ballet summer camp in New York. When it came time to choose a college to further her dance studies, Kennesaw was one of her top choices. However, she accepted a scholarship to attend an out-of-state university. Then, three weeks before her freshman semester was scheduled to begin, Lindsey was notified that their dance program was being phased out. In search of another school, KSU was her immediate choice. “KSU is a wide view school and has one of the best dance programs in the south,” she explains.
Lindsey says the opportunities KSU has provided her are more than she ever imagined. “The partnership with the Atlanta Ballet allows me to attend dance classes at a discounted price,” stated Lindsey. In addition, the KSU Program in Dance has broadened her knowledge, giving her experience in modern ballet and other areas she had never considered focusing on before.
She loves the family atmosphere and enjoys the friendly competition among her peers. Assistant professor Sandra Parks is her favorite instructor. “Parks has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and introduced me to modern ballet.” Parks is equally impressed with Lindsey. “I noticed Lindsey taking more risks in her dancing in the summer of 2011 and she continued to do so this semester. With her hard work, natural ability and risk taking, I believe she will continue to mature as a dancer and artist in our program,” Parks stated.
After graduation, Lindsey plans to join the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Her advice to upcoming dancers is, “if you believe in something, work like there is never going to be a tomorrow and while you’ll never be perfect, work like you are going to be.”