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Nathan Applegate 2009-2010
Originally from Hollister, Missouri and having been born and raised in the area, Nathan headed to New York City right after graduating high school to study at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. There he studied under many current, and veteran performers of the Broadway stage as well as Film & TV. At AMDA, Nathan was able to further enhance his craft and become a more balanced, well-rounded performer. Since graduation, Nathan has appeared in several NYU student films as well as commercials for the New York area, worked on cruise ships, and has been seen in some off Broadway shows. More recently dancing in music videos for up and coming artists, and modeling for fashion test shoots.
Growing up here, the Branson area provided a lot of performance opportunities for this young entertainer. Nathan has been seen in Clay Cooper's Country Music Express, Dixie Stampede as a young child, The Shepherd of the Hills, and several various shows at Silver Dollar City with the American Kids Organization.
Nathan was encouraged to study at MWDR training under Michelle Harris by long time friend and mentor, Tina Cooper, who introduced him to the world of dance. MWDR was such a blessing to Nathan. He not only became a better dancer and performer during his time there, but with the curriculum provided, a much harder worker when it came to the craft and even extending into other aspects of his life. He took his training to New York and credits much of his success there to his roots at MWDR.
"I've been dancing with MWDR from its inception in 2007 and have taken classes in all the disciplines available (except acrobatics- my overly tall body is not capable of acrobatic feats). MWDR became a second family to me, and I truly appreciate the genuine atmosphere that Michelle’s studio cultivates. MWDR is a far cry from Dance Moms. Not only did we learn proper technique, but also the art of dance and how vitally important it is to embody emotion through movement. I am currently attending Stanford University in California to major in classical voice and human biology. Although dance is not my formal career path, I will continue to pursue dance through classes and organizations. DO IT! "