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Music Preview: Carter tour brings dancer-singer home

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

By Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

A homegrown talent will make her mark tonight at the Aaron Carter show at I.C. Light Amphitheatre. Nonny Price choreographed Carter's show, dances with Carter and his sister Leslie, and is also the opening act.

The 26-year-old Uniontown native took her first dance class at age 3. Price studied throughout her school years and knew from an early age where she wanted to go. Her parents, Earl and Cecelia Price, still live in the area. Her brother, Ronald, is a student at Ohio State University.

Aaron Carter

WITH: Leslie Carter and A-Teens, Nonny Price.

WHERE: I.C. Light Amphitheatre at Station Square.

TICKETS: $27.50; 412-323-1919



Price's hard work earned her a scholarship to Point Park College, where the dance major graduated in 1997. Throughout her college years, Price performed in Point Park's Playhouse productions and did summer stock with the Kenley Players.

Less than 24 hours after graduation, she was headed for Los Angeles. Since then, she has performed in numerous music videos and with many well-known acts, including Carter, Britney Spears, Lou Bega and Guy.

Price has been Aaron Carter's choreographer for three years. The Carter connection is one of those show biz dream-come-true stories that every aspiring performer hopes for. She was in a dance class, and Leslie Carter happened to be there. "She pointed me out to their mother, and they were watching me dance," Price says. "They asked me if I would be interested in working with Aaron. That's pretty much how I got the job."

After the tour ends in September, Price plans to concentrate on her own career as a singer and will be making the rounds of record labels with material she's recording.

"I'm really looking forward to it, because I've sort of put it on hold for the past few years, because I've been working with Aaron. But I've always known I wanted to do my own thing. When I started dancing for other people in L.A., I started to think, 'If they're the front person, what makes me think that I always have to be the person dancing behind them?' I always felt that if they can do it, so can I.

"I decided that after this tour is going to be the best time [to do it]. It'll be difficult to separate from Aaron because we've got a really close relationship. It'll be hard to not dance with him on stage, but in order to do what I'm going to do, I have to get away from dancing with someone else. But Aaron has been a great big influence. He's been very supportive. He's sort of excited for me to go off and do my thing."

It was Carter's mother, Jane, who encouraged her to branch out into a singing career and is now managing Price as well as her own two kids. That encouragement means a lot to Price: "I always knew I could do it, but I didn't know how I would get there."

There are other pop divas out there with catchy songs and moves, but Price says she's no Spears wannabe. "My music won't be as poppy. It's European dance club type music."

Price is writing some original material and plans to start recording after the tour. Her producer is Simone Sello, who is also the guitar player for Carter's band. "When we have down time, we spend a lot of time working on different things," she says. "We've come up with some good stuff."

In the middle of a three-month tour with few rest stops, Price says she's looking forward to coming home and performing on her home turf: "It's probably going to be my best show. I'm really excited to go there and show everybody what I've been doing since I graduated."

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