TV show opens doors for local dancer
Shrewsbury - Adriana Falcon has been dancing since she was 5 years old, and after 20 years of sweat and blisters, she danced her way onto a new reality TV show, "Step It Up & Dance" on Bravo.
A Shrewsbury native, Adriana was one of 12 dancers chosen from a pool of thousands of potential contestants to appear on the show. "Step It Up & Dance" premiered April 3, where it was revealed, unfortunately, that Adriana would be the first dancer cut from the show.
Adriana's mother, Kathie Fontaine, and grandparents Dorothy and Arthur Dobson, all Shrewsbury residents, said watching Adriana perform in the premier was more emotional than they could have imagined.
"We put a lot of effort in with the dance lessons, costumes, driving to South Carolina 12 years in a row for dance competitions, and it's amazing to see her get that far," Kathie said. "It was hard, very hard, but I'd do it all again in a minute."
Dorothy Dobson, who drove Adriana to and from dance classes for years, became choked up when talking about how proud she is of her granddaughter.
"She handles everything with such poise and confi- dence," Dorothy said. "She has a great personality and she's so honest and down to earth. I was just thrilled because I know she did her best."
Speaking with Adriana following the show, Kathie said she wasn't upset to have been cut from the show, and that her laid-back nature has always helped her deal with the upsets that go along with a talent-based career.
"Unfortunately, it's an industry that is so cutthroat, so you have to see all criticism and all rejections as a learning experience," she said.
"Step It Up & Dance" is just the latest chapter in Adriana's dancing career. After serving as a captain on the UMass-Amherst Dance Team, she was accepted into the internship program at the Broadway Dance Center.
Adriana is currently a member of the LiNK dance company in New York and has performed at various events including the International Dance Festival in New York, and On with the Dance, an event that benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS.
In addition to her performance work, Adriana has also served as a choreographer on several independent films and as a dance teacher, using her degree in elementary education.
Arthur said that no one is more worthy of a chance to perform on a national stage than his granddaughter.
"She is so deserving," Arthur said. "She has so much integrity and she's just a marvelous girl, aside from being beautiful."
Since appearing on the show and in show promotions, Adriana has been approached to serve as a spokesperson for Bloch footwear, with whom she's helping to stylize a new concept of dance shoe.
"Being voted off isn't the end of the world for her," Dorothy said. "It's the start of her new world."
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