Next ‘Thomasville Live from the Center’ to feature dance performance with masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich

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Join members of Camerata South for the next “Thomasville Live from the Center,” a live broadcast program at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 from the Thomasville Center for the Arts, showcasing music and dance. The event can be viewed at No Facebook account is required.

“Thomasville Live” is a partnership between Arts for the Community at Thomas University and the Thomasville Center for the Arts. The program is sponsored in part by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation.

In this episode, violinists Petra Bubanja and Edward Charity, violist Miriam Tellechea, cellist Boyan Bonev, and dancers Kaitlyn Christensen Sacco and Rebecca Krumel Sanchez will perform masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. 

Rebecca Krumel Sanchez completed her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance at Florida State University in 2016, following her thesis concert, Ashes of Beauty. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance and Choreography and English from the University of South Carolina, where she was the recipient of the USC Libraries Research Award in 2012.

Sanchez is a professional dancer, choreographer, dance educator and coach, and dance researcher. Her choreography has been performed at University of South Florida for New Grounds Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, and American College Dance Association, Florida State University School of Dance, the University of South Carolina School of Dance. She has taught in dance schools in New Mexico, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sanchez received a foundation in classical ballet training under Karen Alwin, Joetta Jercinovich, Luis Fuente, and Deanna Encinias. She grew up dancing in a pre-professional company, The Performers, and competed in numerous dance competitions. In 2005 she competed in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals in New York City. She spent summers on scholarship at professional ballet schools throughout the U.S., including American Ballet Theatre, the Washington Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She continued her training with the Boston Ballet, performing with the school and the company, and later danced professionally with Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina.

Sanchez is passionate about wellness and conditioning as part of dance training. She is a certified Balanced Body Pilates instructor and trainer of the Gyrotonic Movement Method.

Kaitlyn Christensen Sacco, originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in dance performance and choreography from Florida State University in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University in 2010. While at SRU, she had the opportunity to work with guest artists such as Doug Varone and Dancers, River North Chicago Dance Company, Teena Custer, Ursula Payne and Helanius Wilkins. Her work, “Manipulating Consistency,” was chosen to perform at ACDFA at Ohio University in 2010 and she was given the “Outstanding Choreographer Award” for the Class of 2010 at SRU.

After graduating from SRU, she taught at various dance studios and was a company member with MacArthur Dance Project. She also had the opportunity to intern with Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia. At Florida State University, Sacco taught Jazz, Tap and Contemporary Dance in the General Studies Dance Program and performed in numerous concerts, some works by Alex Ketley, Rodger Bellman and Gerri Houlihan. She was the rehearsal assistant for works by Rick McCullough and Gerri Houlihan, and the FSU Dance in Paris International Program Assistant.

Sacco was the head videographer for multiple FSU dance performances and event photographer for the Annual Paint Around Gala at FSU in 2013 and a Photographer’s Forum Magazine 2014: 34th Annual College & High School Photography Contest Finalist and published in their book. Sacco is also the featured photographer for the 2014-2015 FSU School of Dance calendar, and her works, “Hush” & “Glimpse” were selected to be performed at the 14th annual White Wave Dumbo Dance Festival in New York City in September 2014. She also performed at the Comedy in Dance Festival in Brooklyn, New York, was an apprentice with Ariel Rivka Dance, and performed with iKada Contemporary Dance Company in their KoDaFe in NYC International Dance Festival. While in New York City, Sacco was also a sales associate, video marketing assistant and boutique manager for Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes and a company member with Megan Lynn Asterial Dance.

After New York City, she moved to Florida and was the Associate Artistic Director of South Georgia Ballet as well as its rehearsal coach, marketing assistant and teacher from 2015 to 2018. She was the Wellness Studio Director, Floor Barre Teacher and Cross-Training Teacher at Florida State University in the School of Dance in the fall of 2018. She is also a Zena Rommett Floor Barre Certified Teacher and Progressing Ballet Technique Certified Teacher. She is currently a freelance dance artist in Tallahassee dancing with Ircamar Garcia and Dancers, choreographing and guest teaching.

“Thomasville Live from the Center” can be viewed at No Facebook account is required. For more information about this and other ACTU events, visit www.facebookcom/actu31792 or, call 229-227- 6964 or email

Kaitlyn Christensen Sacco

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