Haley Van Patten
Haley Van Patten, age 18, has been dancing with the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet in Petoskey, Michigan for nearly ten years. She’s studied mostly ballet, but has recently discovered her passion for contemporary dance, which she was able to develop this past summer at Northwest Dance Project's Summer Dance Intensive. Aside from this, she takes every opportunity to delve further into contemporary dance.
Ever since Haley started dancing, she’s loved choreography, and has enjoyed choreographing both on herself and others. She finds new inspiration all the time the larger her contemporary dance vocabulary becomes. Her inspiration for this piece derived from wanting to address world issues such as sexism and racism through dance. Haley enjoyed the process of finding how she could create choreography that not only told a story, but could convey the emotions that we feel when such issues arise in society.
She looks forward to continuing her dance education through a college BFA program next fall. Upon graduating college, she hopes to become a professional contemporary dancer, and eventually a choreographer, setting works on professional dance companies. Haley hopes that future works she creates will also lend themselves to making a positive impact on individuals and the world.
Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director, Heather Raue (2010 Dance Teacher Award recipient by Dance Teacher Magazine). With her colleague, Karrie Benedict, the program offers serious year-round dance training to ages 4 to pre-professional.
Over the past several years, CTAC School of Ballet students have (upon audition) attended the country’s most elite summer and year-round programs. Many have graduated from the program to pursue dance in the university or conservatory setting. And some have graduated from the program to receive professional contracts.
Benedict and Raue take educating and grooming the future’s; dancers, choreographers, directors, educators, collaborators very seriously.