Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Dance
Graduation Date: May 2016
High School/Hometown: Ocean County Vocational Technical School Performing Arts Academy/Brick, NJ
Graduating college is an accomplishment for any student, especially when they are the first in their family to do so.
Such is the case for Skyler Giannone ’16, a senior dance major at Georgian Court University, who will become the first member of her immediate family to receive a college degree this May.
“My time at GCU is and will remain the most memorable experience of my life. Through GCU, I was able to recognize my ability and grow, not only as a student, but as an individual with supportive educators by my side.”
For Skyler, family has always come first. Which is why GCU’s close distance to her hometown initially attracted her to the university.
After enrolling at GCU, Skyler quickly became a standout student in the university’s dance program, being cast in the university’s spring concert every year, landing internships with local dance studios, and most recently, being accepted into the Houston Metropolitan Professional Dance Company’s professional intensive.
Among her biggest accomplishments at The Court, however, was her choreography for the annual Senior Showcase.
As part of a semester-long final project, Skyler choreographed a routine titled “Clairvoyance,” based on the idea of being mentally stuck in a low state of mind but having a hopeful idea on how to get out.
In order to express this idea, Skyler incorporated a lot of floor work into her routine in order to better express the piece’s emotional aspect, while also using solo parts and partner work to tell the story.
“This idea came from the French word clairvoyance—clair meaning clear and voir meaning to see,” notes Skyler. “My piece ultimately presented the audience with the idea that this depression stripped my dancers of their identities, all while bringing awareness to the idea that everyone might experience this emotion at some point during their life.”
Skyler is currently auditioning for numerous dance roles, and after graduation, hopes to secure a position with a professional dance company, cruise line, professional sports dance team, or on a professional tour.
“My experience in the dance program at GCU has been both rigorous and rewarding,” added Skyler. “I am extremely proud to have had the opportunity to work with such amazing choreographers/instructors, while being able to have such notable educators on my résumé.”
Story contributed by Alexandria J. Graziosi ’15, who graduated in December with a B.A. in English