The Juilliard School in New York City is very exclusive and only accepts 12 male and 12 female dance students from around the world into its dance program each year.
Tuesday, the school announced that five of the male dancers are from Dallas ISD’s Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
It’s the first time that five Booker T. Washington male students have been accept to Juilliard at one time.
The students are Todd Baker, 18; Kade Cummings, 18; Michael Garcia, 18; Ricardo Hartely, 18; and Zane Unger, 17. The dancers will arrive at Juilliard in August, The Dallas Morning News said.
This is the first time that five Booker T. Washington male students have been accepted at one time, Principal Scott Rudes told the Morning News.
In 2014, five Booker T. Washington students were accepted by Juilliard — four dancers and a theater student, the newspaper said.
Booker T. Washington will celebrate its 40th anniversary as a magnet school with a performance 7 p.m. May 15 at Winspear Opera House.
And, the alumni art exhibit and reception will be held at 6 p.m. that day at the Hudson Gallery at 2501 Flora St.