Kevin Anderson: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 1:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 1:41 p.m.
I have had the extreme privilege of working with Kevin Anderson for the past two years. In that time, I have watched him grow artistically from an amazing dancer to an incredible choreographer. Last winter, Kevin pulled together local neighborhood kids who otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to experience their love of dance due to financial disadvantages, and put together the “Jazz Nutcracker”. He bartered studio time, worked late hours and absorbed a majority of the financial aspect of the play, by creating his own decorations and utilizing the help of friends and family.
About Kevin Anderson
Occupation: Choreographer at musical theater
Years in Gainesville: 18
I had the opportunity to play Mother Ginger and an Egyptian queen in his jazz rendition of the famous ballet performance. For months, we worked tirelessly to put on a show that the local community could appreciate. There were definite ups and downs, and at times the show became seemingly hopeless due to the withdrawal of several dancers, but Kevin knew that, “the show must go on”; and on it did. The performance was stellar, from the choreography to the simple, but yet impressive, visual beauty of the set. The response from the community was surreal and Kevin deserved every piece of credit that he received. Not only has he proved that he is able to take a dream and make it a reality, by creating K-Arts Dance Company, but has also allowed the youth and community of Gainesville to have a determined role model who wants to share his love for dance while exuding endless talent. He defies not only the laws gravity, but also the idea of the glass ceiling.
Submitted by Kathryn Anderson