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CityDance Phenom Corbin Holloway Shines on ‘Little Big Shots’

Rockville Youth Receives Unexpected Encouragement from Misty Copeland

CityDance Conservatory’s Corbin Holloway, a 13-year-old from Rockville, took center stage on NBC’s “Little Big Shots” Sunday.

And for his dance prowess and persistence, the talented teen received the surprise of a lifetime – a visit from prima ballerina Misty Copeland, who watched Corbin perform and then shared words of encouragement.

Copeland also gave the youth several gifts including a signed pair of her pointe shoes and a check for $10,000 courtesy of Copeland and “Little Big Shots.”

The show, hosted by two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Melissa McCarthy, showcases the talents and stories of youth from around the world.

Corbin, who first began dance training at the prestigious Rockville-based CityDance School & Conservatory at seven years old, continues to astound both his instructors and industry professionals for his talent, abilities and achievements which far exceed many within his age group.

In The Informer’s May 28 edition, we will share more about Corbin including how he and other youth continue to adjust their training regiments in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll also hear from Lorraine Spiegler, founding artistic director of the CityDance School & Conservatory and one of Corbin’s teachers and mentors, who accompanied Corbin to the filming of “Little Big Shots” in Los Angeles in January.

Congratulations, Corbin!

D. Kevin McNeir – Senior Editor

Dominic Kevin McNeir is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of service for the Black Press (NNPA). Prior to moving East to assist his aging parents, the native Detroiter engineered a transformation of The Miami Times resulting in its being named the NNPA’s “Publication of the Year” in 2011 – just one of several dozen industry-related awards he’s earned in his career. He currently serves as senior editor for The Washington Informer. There, in the heart of the U.S. Capitol, he displays a keen insight for developing front-page news as it unfolds within the greater Washington area, capturing the crucial facts and facets of today’s intriguing, political arena. He has degrees from The University of Michigan, Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2020, he received First Place for Weekly Newspaper, Commentary & Criticism, Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. Learn more about him at www.dkevinmcneir.com, Facebook – Kevin McNeir, Twitter - @mcneirdk, Linkedin – D. Kevin McNeir or email: mcneirdk@washingtoninformer.com.

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