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Artist Talk with AJ Blankenship

October 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

AJ Blankenship

As part of its Friday Free Hour Series of Artist Talks, the Department of Dance presents AJ Blankenship, who will speak on “A life as a dancer — Broadway, Saturday Night Live, and more.”

AJ Blankenship’s cheerleading and dancing background landed him a job on Broadway during senior year of college. He grew up in Circleville, Ohio where he trained as a competitive gymnast for ten years. His passion for athletic physicality and the beauty of human movement led him to study dance performance and choreography at The Ohio State University. While receiving a BFA in Dance, Blankenship was also a member of the Ohio State Varsity Cheerleading Squad. He competed at UCA College Nationals from 2010 to 2012 and was named captain in his final year.

Blankenship performed as a cast member in the Bring It On the Musical. He was an acrobat in The Greatest Showman, feature film starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, danced on three episodes of Saturday Night Live, was a cast member in the Radio City New York Spectacular & New York Spring Spectacular featuring the Rockettes, performed with Pilobolus, with Cirque du Soleil: Paramour, and on Broadway at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as an Acrobat.

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Photo by Jordan Matter.


October 16, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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