Meet Your Student Advisor- Joelle Abejar
Joelle began performing when she was a young girl and hasn’t stopped since! She danced for both the Nets Kids Dance Team and Knicks City Kids for the NBA New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks, respectively. She had the privilege to dance a tribute performance for Willow Smith’s single “Whip My Hair” on BET’s 106 & Park and can be seen as a featured dancer in Larry McDonald’s “Set the Children Free” music video and a background dancer in the Kidz Bop “Fire Burning” music video. Her most recent work was as the Dance Captain and ensemble member in her college’s production of Godspell. Other theater credits include RENT (Ensemble), Grease (Frenchy), and The Crucible (Mary Warren). She studied ballet and modern at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center as part of the Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts and has placed original work on members of the Limón Dance Company. She is currently majoring in Business Communications with a concentration in Corporate Communications and minoring in Sociology at CUNY Baruch College.
Getting to Know Your Student Advisor
What was the first Broadway show you ever saw?
My first Broadway show was Beauty and the Beast and it was AMAZING! I absolutely loved how grand and spectacular the choreography and the staging were for “Be Our Guest” and fell in love with theater ever since.
What is your favorite role you’ve played and why?
My favorite role has to be Frenchy from Grease! My high school production had it set in the 80s so I got to wear the crazy neon colors and workout gear for the show! Also, Grease is such a classic show with so many great musical numbers and funny characters. Fun fact: my boyfriend also played Doody in his high school’s production of Grease and we always joke about how we’re even a couple in the same show (just at different schools and at different times!)
What is your favorite Broadway show and why?
My favorite show that I’ve seen so far is Nastasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812! It was my first time going to an immersive theater production and I had a fantastic time!