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Student Clubs at AAW

  • Clubs at AAW vary from year to year based on student interests. Over the years, these are some of the clubs AAW has hosted:

    • AAW Dance Company
    • Anime club
    • Art Club
    • Diversity Club
    • Students Against Drunk Driving
    • Story Creator's club
    • Poetry Club
    • AAW Coven
    • National Honor Society
    • Peace Council
    • Track Club
    • International Club: French/Italian Tutoring
    • Christian Club
    • Gay Straight Alliance
    • Leadership Council
    • Peer Mediation

Leadership council oversees many smaller committees such as:

  • Gala Committee
  • School Dance Committees (Fall Ball and Snowcoming)
  • Pep Rally Committee
  • Relay For Life Committee


Successful in and out of school

Student Performances and Shows

  • American Cancer's Society Relay for Life
  • The Baldwin Theatre
  • Bravo TV's "On With the Show"
  • The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
  • The Cincinnati Ballet
  • Clintondale Community Auditorium
  • Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, United Nations
  • The Dearborn Youth Symphony
  • Detroit Festival of Arts
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts
  • The Detroit Opera House
  • Detroit Public Library
  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia
  • East China Auditorium
  • Eastpointes Community Center
  • The Ellen Kayrod Gallery
  • The Farmington Players
  • Fire Fabulon
  • First Theater Guild in Birmingham
  • The Focus: Hope Gallery
  • Fox News
  • The Fox Theatre
  • The Inn on Ferry Street
  • The Jewish Ensemble Theatre
  • Ground Zero, New York Zero for the one year anniversary memorial service
  • The Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra
  • The Macomb Performing Arts Center
  • Magic Kingdom at Disney World
  • The Matrix Theatre Company
  • McMorran Place Lounge
  • Metropolitan Youth Symphony
  • The Michigan Reneaissance Festival
  • The Michigan State Fair
  • Michigan Youth Theatre
  • The National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
  • Oakland Youth Symphony
  • Oldies 104.3 WOMC
  • On Our Own Productions
  • Orchestra Hall
  • The Palace in Auburn Hills
  • Port Huron Nutcracker Ballet Theater
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Second City Theater
  • The Silverdome
  • The Shockwave Dance Team
  • Somerset Mall
  • St. John Church, Fraser
  • St. Peter's Cathedral, New York City
  • Stage 3 Productions in Warren
  • The Power Center in Ann Arbor
  • The Port Huron Civic Theatre
  • The Richmond Community Theatre
  • The Scarab Club
  • The Unitarian Church, Detroit
  • The Upper Room
  • The Warren Civic Theatre
  • Warren Concert Band
  • The Wired Frog

Acceptance into College and Arts Programs

  • Adrian College
  • Albion College
  • Alma College
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Summer Program
  • American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives in New York and Detroit
  • Antioch College
  • Aquinas College
  • Bennington College
  • Berkeley School of Music
  • Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
  • Central Michigan University
  • Charleston Ballet Theatre Summer Workshop
  • College of the Atlantic
  • Columbia College
  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestral Institute at Wayne State
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Goshen University, Indiana
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Interlochen Arts Camp
  • The Joffrey Summer Programs in New York and Flint
  • Kettering University
  • Landmark College in Vermont
  • Macomb Community College
  • Marygrove College
  • Marlboro College
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Ohio State
  • Otterbein College
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • The Royal Winnipeg Summer Program in Cananda
  • University of Michigan
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

Alumni News

Josh Karchin ('06), will be graduating from Bucknell University this month (May 2010) with his Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry.  Josh had an exceptional educational experience at Bucknell and is delighted with his choice of college. Josh is headed to SUNY  (State University of New York) Upstate Medical Center to enroll in a graduate program in Biochemistry to earn his Ph.D.  He was awarded stipend which also includes tuition remission and health care coverage. Josh hopes to study structural biology and has a particular interest in protein folding.

Chanz Love ('09) will be attending Columbia College, Chicago in the upcoming fall as a dance major.

Jeremy Smith ('09) will be attending the Philadelphia Univeristy of the Arts as a dance major.

Tara N. ('07) has been going to Macomb Community College for two years, and is enjoying it! Since being at the college, Tara has been on the Dean's List every semester she has been there. She is pursuing a degree in Digital Animation in the Media and Communication Arts program at the college, and hopes to one day make cartoons for Nickelodeon Studios. She believes that comming to AAW has given her a huge push in her art, and confidence, and wishes she can come back as a freshman again!

Shane Clouthier ('07) - I am currently attending International Academy of Design and Technology - Detroit. I have been attending there since fall of 2007 and am scheduled to graduate in September 2010. I going for my Bachelor of Fine Arts - Majoring in Graphic Design, Minoring in Web Design. Ever since I graduated, I have been worked on numerous projects for my workplace and other things on the side. The thing that is most joyous to me being there is that it is a very similar environment to AAW. When I graduate, I plan on moving to either Tampa or New York. If it wasn't for AAW, the chance that I would be where I am now would be so much slimmer.

Kirsten Peninger ('06) writes: I am currently a full-time Junior at Otterbein College in Westerville, OH. I designed my own major in Global Music and Cultural Relations, which looks at using music to communicate across diverse and differing cultures. I sing in Concert Choir, which is the touring choir, and also in the Otterbein Vocal Ensemble. I'm the student manager at my Campus Center. I am an active member in Africana Club and FreeZone (mall ensemblethe LGBTQ group), tutor ESL students at the local elementary school, and am the student representative for the International Studies subcommittee. I am an honors student and have begun working on my senior thesis, focusing on feminism in hip-hop. This year, I will be stage managing the opera, though in the past two years I have been a cast member. I am presently exploring my grad school options, looking to focus on women's studies, critical race theory, or cultural studies.

Francisco Thurston ('07) Since making the big move to Los Angeles in 2008, Francisco completed his scholarship program at Edge Performing Arts Center, with all FOUR major dance agencies in Los Angeles interested in him. He signed with the #1 dance agency, MSA who has choreographers and dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Americas Best Dance Crew, ect. He's currently auditioning for big names such as Rihanna, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Dancing With The Stars, Disney TV Pilots, Movies, TV Shows, and Commercials. He's teaching dance at one of Hollywood's Premiere and upcoming studios, IDA Hollywood as well as traveling in and out of the country to teach. Also training with well reknowned choreographers at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, and Millenium Dance Complex. He has gotten the opportunity to work with the choreographer of "500 Days of Summer," Michael Rooney on a movie pilot presentation for "Damn Yankees." Hopefully you'll be seeing him on tour or on tv sometime out!!

Eric "Ricky" Taylor writes: I am currently a Freshmen attending Wayne State University on a full tuition scholarship. While I am currently a Vocal Performance Major, next year I will be double-majoring in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education along with Music Honors (taking honors courses in the Music Department). I have done so much already in one year, especially in my music. I am a first tenor in the WSU Concert Chorale, performing pieces ranging from Bach to Disney. Last November, our choir got to collaborate with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, guest conducted by world-renowned Maestro Erich Kunzel, performing musical numbers from Walt Disney classics. But I still keep up with my academics, making the Dean's List in my first semester. Thank you so much AAW for giving me the confidence and ability to do great things! I don't know what would have happened to me if I had not been apart of the AAW journey!

Star Wilfinger writes: I am currently a full-time student at Macomb College, and will have my first degree this summer. I plan to transfer to OU in the winter, after a two month stay in England where I will be taking workshops at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and University of Oxford. I am an English major and plan to double major in studio art and English when I transfer. The dream is to break through the drudgery of the modern work force and be a successful writer/illustrator.

Chris Tucker writes: I am currently a sophomore Theatre major at Wayne State University. Currently working on my 3rd production since starting college. At the end of this year i will be auditioning for a spot in the BFA program to further hone my skills as a performer. Chris has been involved with shows and performances at the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, the Detroit Film Theater, various perfomances for super bowl XL, the Detroit Zoo, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's 2nd innauguration, and Governor Gramholm's 2nd innauguration.

Josh Stokes writes: After I left arts academy in the middle of my Junior year I moved to Pennsylvania. Since then, I had been working to get into St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (a very prestigious college around these parts). I was accepted and I intend to major in Foreign Language with Italian as my major and French as my minor. I will be studying there in January. I continue to write and play music and I will never forget the most precious times of my life where I blossomed as a musician, a student, and as a human AAW.

Joann Dietz ('05) is attending Macomb Community College South Campus as a full time student, majoring in Fine Arts. She's doing well in all her classes. Her younger sister, Lauren Wilson, attended the auditions at AAW for "101 Dalmations" and was cast in the production. Lauren plans to attend AAW as a freshman in 2006. (11/18/05)

Jenny Gubin ('05) emailed to say she is a full-time student at Macomb Community College. She's doing great in her classes, and is transferring to Madonna University in a few semesters to complete a degree in American Sign Language. She is persuing a job as a legal interpreter. (11/24/05)

Emily Trupiano ('05) is a full-time student majoring in photography at the College for Creative Studies as of Fall 2007.


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