The ZiRu Dance mentorship program offers opportunities to develop skills in dance and/or arts administration for middle and high high school students showing exceptional dedication and passion for dance.
Over the years, this company has subsidized scholarships and mentorships for interns and young professional dancers, as a part of its investment in the SF/Bay Area community. As the company enters its 9th season, we are expanding the program to offer opportunities to younger students. This is an exciting opportunity for younger students from a wider community demographic to join in the excitement of dance and develop valuable professional skills.
I worked with ZiRu as a Marketing Mentee while I was still finishing my BA in Theatre from UCLA a few years ago. At the time, I was only familiar with this industry from a performer's standpoint. After my experiences with ZiRu, I was able to obtain a deeper understanding of the theatrical arts from another perspective. To this day, as a working actor, singer and dancer, I come into each project with a complete understanding of the technical aspects of production.
- Paul DiLoreto, Marketing Mentee
The ZiRu Dance mentorship program includes:
One-on-one private lessons from ZiRu Dance company members
An outreach event specifically tailored for the mentee's school
Exclusive opportunities to participate in the ZiRu Dance rehearsal process
Past ZiRu Dance mentorship program participants have utilized their skills to move forward as both artists and arts administrators. Their experience in the ZiRu Dance mentorship program served as a launching pad for them to enter into the next level of their artistic and professional development. ZiRu Dance continues to serve as a source of support and - a place for those who love dance to belong and find who they are at critical junctures in their development
Turner Robinson: Turner has been dancing since she was 3-years old, receiving a foundation in creative movement with Laura Marsh of Right Brain Performance Lab. She continued into modern/contemporary dance for 5 years before she stretched out into jazz & lyrical and later ballet, receiving her training through Peninsula Ballet Theatre, San Mateo and Dance Arts Center, San Carlos/Redwood City. Turner says, "No matter how crummy a day I may be having - I can go to a technique class and come out happy." She really loves performing and is currently in her 2nd year with Hillsdale High School's Dance Ensemble.
Former administrative intern Karen Lin is now pursuing her MBA at the elite Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Former administrative intern Zoe Mou is heading to NYC for the prestigious Arts & Politics program at NYU
Former company choreographic mentee, China Native Sunny Shen, recently finished his MFA from UT Austin.
Former song and administrative intern Paul diLoreto completed his BA at UCLA Musical Theater Department
Former dance intern Daniel Chang recently completed his BA in Business from USC
Become a Mentee
If you know someone who loves to dance and could benefit from in-studio experience with a professional company of seasoned dancers, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are accepting admissions for the 2017 season on a rolling basis.
Support our Mentees
Please consider supporting ZiRu Dance in continuing to develop this exciting program. Your support helps us to subsidize costs and help us bring the art of dance into the community!
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2014 Mentee Zoe Mou with ZiRu dancer Elizabeth Chitty on tour in Beijing
Mentee Karen Lin with the ZiRu company dancers after the show