Conservatory of Performing Arts

Alumni Profile: Irene Kent, choreographer / performer / teacher

Monday, June 28, 2010

Irene Kent rehearses with dance partner Richard Marsden. | Photo by Kathleen ShieldsMeet Irene Kent

Major and degree earned: Bachelor of Arts in dance

Year of graduation: 1984

Occupation and current employer: Choreographer/performer/teacher; adjunct professor at The State University of NY – continuing education; Steps at South Shore Dance Academy; guest choreographer/guest artist at various locations

Hometown: Briarcliff, N.Y.

Now living in:  New York, N.Y.

Why did you chose to attend Point Park?

Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts was the No. 1 school in the country for its performing arts program. 

How did Point Park help you prepare for your career?

The artistic and technical training at COPA was ahead of its time. They groomed us to be performers.

What was the most beneficial experience at Point Park?

Being pushed to and beyond what we thought our limits were. Having the highest quality in our teachers, who encouraged us to want more out of ourselves. 

What is your favorite memory at Point Park?

The Old Studio 7 and having Ron Tassone push me, the way no other teacher would. In addition, the amazing and wonderful friends who are still very much a part of my artistic and social life.

What advice do you have for today's students?

Always keep dancing/acting/singing no matter what happens. It is our souls yearning to be free.


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