4th Ave. Arts Students
"Art in the Heart of Huntington"
If you haven't heard us say it yet... we LOVE our students! No matter their goals in life we strive to set them up for success. Because we are in the performing arts... here's just a few success stories over the past 16 years...
4th Avenue Arts student success in the arts:
We LOVE all our students! It doesn't matter to us if you've been dreaming of dancing and performing under the stage lights your whole life, or you simply love to move and understand that the training happening inside the world of performing arts will influence your own unique voice by developing your brain, body and emotions in different ways. We work at 4th Ave. to encourage confidence in every student and to find JOY in self-expression! Our students do absolutely amazing things inside the studio each and every day, and they win top awards for performance and choreography at competitions and festivals across the country... it would take FOREVER to list each one! The list below is a sample of those students who have gone above and beyond the everyday, and who are leaders among their peers. We celebrate their accomplishments and hope it is a symbol as to the possibilities of the performing arts in Huntington, WV:
Karrah Parsons: $15,000 talent scholarship to WVU's BA dance program. Accepted into the Disney College Program. Three time scholarship recipient to the Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Intensive (NYC), Ballet Met and Nashville Ballet Summer Dance Intensives, scholarship offers from the Brenau Summer Dance Intensive, Competitor at Youth American Grand Prix.
Lauren Cundiff: Cast Member on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Former Pilates Instructor Manager at Equinox (NYC), Former Physiotherapist (NYC), cast in Amanda Palmer music Video, Current Burlesque dancer (NYC).
Ben Roach: Company member with Abby Z and the New Utility (NYC), BFA in dance performance and choreography from Ohio University, Former Technical Production Artist Intern at The Yard, Performed at Jacob's Pillow, guest artist at Ohio University, works at Factory Street Dance Studio.
Allison Smith: Current BFA Dance major at Ohio State University.
Brittany Hagy: Current Physical Therapist & Director of the Rehabilitation at First Settlement Physical Therapy (Huntington, WV), Former PT at Marshall Sports Medicine Institute, Studied Physical Therapy at Ohio University, Studied Exercise Physiology at Marshall University with a Minor in Dance, Completed an Physical Therapy Internship with the Cincinnati Ballet, is a Pelvic Floor Therapist.
Eric Hill: BFA in dance performance and choreography from Ohio University, Former company dancer with Maverick Dance Experience (NYC), Former house manager at Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium (OH).
Carmen Franklin: $20,000 talent scholarship award to the BFA dance program at Ohio University.
Madison Hylton: First Place winner of the Paula Levine Choreography contest at Hollins University. Talent scholarship award to the Hollins University dance department. Original choreography selected to perform at RADfest (Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival/MI). Dance instructor at 4th Avenue Arts, currently an owner/trainer at Mountain Mutts LLC.
Gaige Koontz: Graduate from the BA in dance program at Radford University, Former House Manager at Jacob's Pillow (Internship), Certified Pilates Instructor.
Hunter Morrison: Attended the Orlando Ballet Summer Intensive on a full talent scholarship with acceptance into the year round training program, and entrance into the trainee program with the Orlando Ballet Company, scholarship to the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Intensive, scholarship to the Cincinnati Ballet Summer Dance Intensive. Acceptance into the North Carolina School for the Arts year round training school & Summer Dance Intensive, acceptance into the American Ballet Theater Summer Dance Intensive, and the University of Utah's Department of Ballet Summer Intensive on a Full Merit Scholarship.
Anna Stewart: BA in dance from Ohio University.
Ethan Hess: Current BFA student in Acting from Ohio University.
McKenzie Lambiotte: Minor in dance from Marshall University, dance faculty at 4th Avenue Arts.
Sebrena Williamson: BFA in dance from Radford University, Co-Founder/Director of Research at Saltare in Elementis Dance Collective.
Ella Childers: Joffery Ballet Summer Dance Intensive (Miami & Dallas), top 2 in SCORES dance competition (2022).
Abigail Cody: Former student at the Balletmet Academy, Balletmet Summer Dance Intensive.
Christopher Collins: Studied Dance at Marshall University, Former Dance Instructor at BDA, Current Assistant Teacher at Jarrow Montessori School (Boulder, Colorado)
Isabella Burcham: Nashville Ballet Intensive, Next Generation Ballet, and Louisville Ballet Summer Dance Intensives, Competitor at Youth American Grand Prix.
Elora Spradlin: Nashville Ballet, WVU Summer Dance Intensive, BalletMet Summer Dance Intensive, performer at RADfest (Midwest Regional Dance Festival/MI), Scholarship recipient to Brenau University's Summer Dance Intensive. Competitor at Youth American Grand Prix, top 10 in SCORES dance competition (2022), Marshall University Dance Team Member, Dance Faculty at 4th Avenue Arts.
Zoie Weinsweig: WVU Summer Dance Intensive, performer with Kevin Tang in Squid. Currently working towards comprehensive Pilates Certification.
Rylanne Jervis: Full Scholarship & Housing award to the Ohio University Summer Dance Institute.
Sarah Johnson: Attended the American Tap Dance Festival Foundation's Tap City Dance Festival (NYC), Competitor at Youth American Grand Prix, current 4th Avenue Arts Dance Faculty.
Isla Hall: Scholarship to Lexington Ballet Summer Dance Intensive, Scholarship Recipient to West Virginia University's Summer Dance Intensive (Runner-Up).
Keaton Green: Attended BalletMet Junior Summer Dance Intensive
Chloe Smalley: Attended BalletMet Junior Summer Dance Intensive
Additionally, our students have received numerous top awards for performance and choreography at various festivals and competitions!