Sage Evans-Rainey is a student at the Baltimore International Academy. (Photo by William M. Carson Sr.)

Sage Evans-Rainey is one out of hundreds of students who has been chosen to participate in the Debbie Allen Dance Academy Summer Intensive program this summer in Los Angeles, California. The Debbie Allen Dance Academy is a non-profit organization that offers dance curriculum to students ages 4 and up.

With over 500 applicants a year the auditions are highly selective and based on age and skill.

The intensive program will consist of 12 hour days, six days a week while training in ballet, Dunham, Horton, Graham, jazz, tap and several other dance styles. Sage has been dancing since the age of two and hasn’t given up on her dreams. She did much of her dance training at the Morton Street Dance Academy in Baltimore.

“I’ve worked really hard for this, I’m really excited,” she said “I’m well prepared for these long hours and long weeks.” She added.

Sage, 13, an eighth grade honor roll student at the Baltimore International Academy who studies in the Russian Language has been accepted to five top academic performing arts high schools in the area and is set to graduate with honors. She was also honored as a 2016 Carson scholar at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore.

“I’m so very proud of her, she’s worked really hard and doesn’t ask me for anything,” said Aiyda Evans, Sage’s mother “I’ve been working hard myself with working extra hard and doing Uber to pay for any expenses she may need.” She added.

Debbie Allen is well known for her many talents in the entertainment industry from acting and dancing to having her very own dance school for young adults and youth to express themselves and to give youth like Sage the opportunities and resources to follow their dreams.