This fall, Emily Dove will travel from Arizona to Geneva to join her peers in the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Classes of 2014. Dove, who graduates this year from Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy, was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Sun for her singing, dancing and African drumming.
The article notes she’s not sure what she’s going to study at HWS, but ” has always enjoyed museums, and she might make a career of curating or conservation. Or she might do something performance-oriented. Or start a grassroots organization to help people in need. She’s not sure.”
The article quotes her, “I love that I’m gonna be going to college with an open mind and experiencing as much as I can and growing from there.”
The full article appears below.
Arizona Daily Sun
Moving to her own beat
Hillary Davis • Sun Staff Reporter • May 24, 2010
Emily Dove has loved the stage since second grade, when she played the wolf in a school production of “Peter and the Wolf.”
As she grew, Emily added singing, dancing and more dancing to her repertoire.
In middle school, she picked up African drum and dance, a specialty that followed her to Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy, where she started practicing ballet, modern and jazz dance.
She enjoys singing in the Children’s Chorale of Flagstaff, where she is a mezzo-soprano, and theater at school and Theatrikos. She’s worked overtime to be a strong, well-rounded performer.
Emily joined FALA in ninth grade and knew she’d made the right choice.
“Artistically, I’ve grown so much more than I would have anywhere else,” she said.
Off stage, Emily is an honors student and student body vice-president, taking on service projects from teaching foster children African drum and dance to painting the school bathrooms.
Craig Bowie has been Emily’s African drum and dance teacher since she was in seventh grade at Pine Forest Charter School. Now, she helps run his class with precision, foresight and communication.
“She has leadership skills more than I’ve seen in any other human being,” he said.
Most of the drum and dance troupe is white. But the respect for a different culture is sincere.
“Everybody tries their best. We do what we can do and Mr. Bowie really stresses all body types, any person, anybody can do this,” Emily said. “If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.”
Next year, FALA will take a big step when it moves into a sleek new campus. But Emily said she’s happy to be part of the last senior class to enjoy trailer life at the cluster of portables that has been FALA’s home for the last 14 years.
Emily will head to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York to study art history. She said she’s not the best visual artist but has always enjoyed museums, and she might make a career of curating or conservation.
Or she might do something performance-oriented. Or start a grassroots organization to help people in need. She’s not sure.
“I love that I’m gonna be going to college with an open mind and experiencing as much as I can and growing from there,” she said.
Emily is the daughter of Caroline and Donnie Dove.
Hillary Davis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 556-2261.