Surprising Opportunity

2012 graduate DuQuan Little dances his way on Good Morning America–TWICE

2012 graduate DuQuan Little dances his way on Good Morning America–TWICE

DuQuan Little ’12 got a surprising phone call in September from the co-owner of Peridance, the New York City studio where he works.

DuQuan Little ’12 waits with other dancers in the green room before appearing on Good Morning America.

DuQuan Little ’12 waits with other dancers in the green room before appearing on Good Morning America.

“Do you want to dance on Good Morning America tomorrow morning?” he said.

The morning news show was preparing a segment featuring the band called Postmodern Jukebox. A producer had made a last-minute decision to add dancers to the mix.

“Why me?” DuQuan asked. “You deserve it,” was the reply.

Dance has long been a passion for DuQuan, who first learned by memorizing choreography from music videos. When he enrolled at Randolph College, his talent, enthusiasm, and physical strength proved to be great assets on stage, said Pam Risenhoover, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Dance. “He was just a gift, like manna from heaven, that we were not expecting,” she said.

“He has more talent than he’s aware of,” Pam added. “I think he could have a very successful career in dance.”

DuQuan hardly slept the night before his debut on Good Morning America. At 4 a.m., he met 29 other dancers to carpool to the television studio. With no time for official choreography, they practiced only once. A few hours later, they danced live on national television.

“We just decided to have fun,” DuQuan said. After the show aired, he received numerous calls, text messages, and Facebook posts congratulating him on the performance.

Pam checked her e-mail that morning and found a message from DuQuan sharing the news. While she missed the live performance, she was able to watch a recording online. A few weeks later, she was delighted to learn that DuQuan’s Peridance connection secured him another dance spot on Good Morning America. This time, the camera zoomed in closer and captured his smile.

duquan_little_2Although DuQuan was not on screen for long, Pam felt the footage demonstrated his ability to succeed.

“On those morning shows, you only get a brief snippet of time to do anything, so he didn’t get to show himself off as a dancer much,” Pam said. “But the way he showed himself off to me was that he knows how to make the right connections and be in the right place at the right time.”

 

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