Orlando Harbutt – July 2017 Judges’ Choice

I am 15 years old and have been studying dance for 6 years. I study ballet, modern/contemporary, and hip-hop. I am on scholarship at the Manhattan Youth Ballet in New York City and am privately coached by Victoria Rinaldi (a former principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet).  I just finished the Summer Dance Intensive at The Juilliard School.

I'd love to acknowledge all my teachers, past and present, especially, Victoria Rinaldi, Daniel Ulbricht, and the entire faculty of both Manhattan Youth Ballet and the Juilliard School.

This video was shot outside an abandoned warehouse near the town of Saugerties, NY.  The videographer chose the music.  There's no real choreography, I'm improvising.

It's difficult to put into words why I dance.  Everything inspires me.  When I dance, I'm feel I'm at my best.  I can't imagine doing anything else.  My dreams for the future are to be accepted into the Juilliard School for college, and then dance with the Netherlands Dance Theatre or some other major dance company.

Please follow me on Instagram - @orlandoharbutt

Thanks again so much!  It's a real honor!