Makena Murre, 13, of Baileys Harbor, has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. Murre, the daughter of Adrian and Kelly Murre, will study ballet at the camp.
Makena has been dancing under the direction of Andria Nikoupolis Weliky and Terri Berndt at the Northern Door YMCA since preschool. She explored ballet, tap and jazz throughout her childhood years. At 11 years old Makena participated in the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, a professional dance troupe from Chicago, where she participated in a residency and community performance sponsored by Friends of Gibraltar. She enrolled in classes at Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door School of Dance in 2014 when the studio opened. In the summer of 2015, she began private training under the tutelage of Julia LaViolette (professional dancer and choreographer), who teaches ballet at the dance school. LaViolette guided Makena to take her first steps on pointe. Makena was the first pointe student in the school and inspired other students to achieve that level of accomplishment. Her debut pointe performance as one of the leads in Sara and the Toy Shoppe was the first time this Christmas recital was danced on pointe.
Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. These 2,500 artists fill Interlochen’s campus with an explosion of creativity. Student-artists learn from world-class instructors and produce hundreds of presentations each summer. For more information visit interlochen.org.