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Hey! I'm Lex, a senior at Babson College pursuing my Bachelor's degree in business administration, with a focus in marketing and strategic management. Here, I am a Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Scholarship recipient. Outside of my studies, I am an active dancer and choreographer to the Babson Dance Ensemble (BDE), the largest student-run organization on campus, having had the privilege of serving on the executive board for three years as the Public Relations Coordinator and current Vice President. A member of the Chi Omega Fraternity, I served on the executive board as New Member Educator. Some of my best memories with Chi Omega involve my work on the community service committee, raising over $15,000 each semester, and granting two individual wishes for children with terminal illnesses. But ... don't let the current business focus fool you. I'm a theatre kid at heart. Prior to Babson, I attended the Professional Performing Arts High School, a specialized institution in the heart of NYC that allowed select students to receive their education while pursuing their passion for the arts. As a dance major, I trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ballet, Pointe, Horton, Graham, Jazz, West African, and Repertoire. Throughout my high school experience, I had the opportunity to work professionally in the industry. My credits include an off-Broadway rendition of West Side Story as 'Anybodys' with Carnegie Hall, a Hasbro TV Commercial, and feature performances on MTV and BET for artists such as Ariana Grande, Vanilla Ice, and Judy Torres. Theatre, dance, and the arts have been an integral part of who I am for as long as I can remember, and they remain a passion of mine to this day. Hence, Broadway Buzz was born.
Towards the end of my senior year, our program director shared some exciting news with us. Carnegie Hall was working on casting an off-Broadway rendition of 'West Side Story,' and looking to cast high school students from dance studios and programs across the city. The casting director was coming to audition us that Friday. I was beaming! The opportunity to be in theatre production with a company as renowned as Carnegie Hall? I had never auditioned for anything remotely close. The audition was tough. But so much fun! By the end of the day, I had made it through each cut, and was informed I would be advancing to the next round. *Phew* There were a series of callbacks, each a bit more difficult but, eventually, I booked the show with 9 other dancers! Over 300 had auditioned. I will never forget that feeling. I was going to be in an off-Broadway show! Though we already had secured a dance role in the ensemble of the production, the casting director asked to hear us sing and act. I've been acting and singing since a young age, but I have a massive fear of singing. Each of us read for the role of 'Anybodys,' a tough, young girl who wants to be a part of the "Jets" gang, and sang 16 bars of the song "America." But, no one had heard anything back afterwards. I assumed it was merely a formality. We did, however, receive an email to head over to "LaDuca Shoes," the top store for Broadway character heels, to retrieve a pair the director had set aside for us. How exciting! I was confused to find that my name was not on the list when I arrived. "Uh oh." I remember thinking, "This is it. They made a mistake. I didn't book the role!" I emailed the director immediately, hoping to understand. She emailed back apologizing with the BEST response I could have imagined. My name was not on the list, because I had booked the supporting role of 'Anybodys." And of course, she did not need heels. The next month and half was the best experience of my life. With an excused absence from school, I spent every day, 10am to 5pm, rehearsing with Broadway professionals from shows such as Wicked, Newsies, Aladdin, the King and I, Hamilton, and so much more. Skylar Astin, leading male role in the film "Pitch Perfect," was playing Tony. He mentored me throughout the entire process! Click below to check out the reviews for my production!: