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Broadway Break Thru Summer Intensives in Saugatuck and Lowell

GRAND RAPIDS Aspiring performers have the chance of a lifetime to take a Master Class from "So You Think You Can Dance" champion Melanie Moore as part of the Broadway Break Thru Summer Intensive held July 16 21 at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and Aug. 13-18 at Lowell Performing Arts Center.

Led by Disney, Nickelodeon and Broadway casting director and former Broadway performer David Petro, the week-long professional performing arts intensive will feature classes on dancing, acting, voice, film-making and more, complete with a professional headshot for each student (a $150 value). Other instructors include WOOD TV's eightWest anchor Rachael Ruiz and many more instructors to be announced.

The summer camp culminates on Saturday with a final performance presented by the participants, and a student-run film festival.

"Due to the huge demand of our Saugatuck Center For The Arts Broadway Break Thru Intensive", David Petro shares, "I am thrilled to present a second BBT Performing Arts Intensive in West Michigan". As previously announced, Broadway Break Thru is holding its first Summer Intensive at The Saugatuck Center For The Arts (400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453), July 16 21, headlined by Broadway's "Wicked" and NBC's "Smash" star Megan Hilty.

"School plays, college applications, job interviews and first impressions are all auditions," shares Petro. "These workshops will prepare you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in all areas in life. I often find fresh new talent by traveling to teach these workshops that I wouldn't have access to by remaining in New York. As a casting director, discovering new talent is like discovering a pot of gold."

Petro has worked as a casting director for many Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including "For Colored Girls..." starring India.Arie and produced by Whoopi Goldberg, "Altar Boyz," "Pages" and "Drift." In addition to his many theater credits, he has worked in TV, casting Nickelodeon's "Storyforia," "The Beatkinz," Disney Jr/BBC's "Small Potatoes" and NBC's "You're The One That I Want."

As a performer, Petro has appeared on Broadway and in national tours of "Cats," "Cabaret," "First You Dream" (a benefit for Christopher Reeve), "A Christmas Carol," the 20th anniversary national tour of "A Chorus Line," and the original European tour and cast recording of "Fame The Musical." He also appeared in the feature film "Batman & Robin" and was a series regular on the television show "Fame LA."

Melanie Moore was the grand prize winner in the eighth season of the U.S. reality television competition "So You Think You Can Dance." According to the results announced on the broadcast, Moore won "overwhelmingly," garnering 47 percent of the vote in a four-way final tally.

Moore was educated in Marietta, Georgia where she attended Lassiter High School and was crowned homecoming queen. Moore trained and competed for 12 years in Marietta at Rhythm Dance Center. At RDC, she started studying contemporary dance, and she fell in love with it. Moore was the 2010 National Senior Female VIP at JUMP Dance Convention, and in 2010/2011, she spent weekends touring with "Jump" as a demonstrator and assistant. On this tour, she realized she could make a career out of dance.

Moore chose to attend college so she'd have a back-up plan if performing didn't work out. She found her way to NYC's Fordham University after visiting a friend who was in the Fordham/Ailey BFA Program. "It seemed like the best of both worlds, to be training in NYC and going to school at the same time," she says. She majored in art at Fordham and studied dance at Steps on Broadway with Lauren Adams, Joe Lanteri and Jason Parsons. But she still felt like something was missing. Enter "SYTYCD."

Moore entered the Fox competition feeling she had nothing to loose. If the judges didn't like her, she could return to New York and continue her studies. But the judges adored her, and she soon found herself performing on her biggest stage yet. Week after week, choreographers and guest judges praised her strength, flexibility, artistry and presence.

She received unofficial on-air job offers from both Lady Gaga and Kenny Ortega, but Moore isn't ready to commit herself to a single career path just yet. "I do want to end up in NYC," she says. "There's an energy there that I've never felt anywhere else. I've always said I wanted to do Broadway. I want to go back to school, as well, to study dance and choreography. But I also want to see what opportunities come my way."

Registration is available now at Enrollment is $495 per person by June 1; $595 per person after June 1. The class meets each day from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Registration is open to ages 8 55, with a special adult division; all experience levels are welcome.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts is located at 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, MI 49453; Lowell Performing Arts Center is located at 11700 Vergennes, Lowell, MI 49331.

For more information or to register for BBT Summer Intensive at The Lowell Performing Arts or The Saugatuck Center For The Arts please visit

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