Variety Shines in Winter Dance Concert
by Molly Mcullen on Friday, March 8th, 2013
Being a part of dance concert gives me the inside perspective on all of the dances as well as the crazy lives of the dancers in the show. This year’s dancers are hoping to live up to other student’s expectations after last year’s spectacular show. All of the dancers worked tirelessly throughout tech week to make sure that the show runs smoothly. This year, the choreographers created a dance concert with dances that cover a broad spectrum of dance styles.
This year, there will be a disco dance, a style that has not been done in dance concert for many years. The disco dance is choreographed by Kelli Edwards, the head of the dance concert, with the help of the students in her Advanced Modern class. The class meets three times a week and decided on disco for their style of dance because of its uniqueness. Ali Edwards (I), a member of the class and dance, says “we’re hoping that everyone will have as much fun watching the dance as we have performing it.” With lively costumes and music that the audience will surely know and love, the disco dance will hopefully be a hit.
A Jamaican dance, choreographed by Monique Williams (I), will also be gracing the stage for dance concert. According to Allison Choi (III), the dance “has a lot of energy, we go to rehearsal and have a fun time; I think the dance embodies that fun.” The choreography demonstrates the different styles of dance throughout Jamaica.
One of the favorite dances from last year’s dance concert was the Irish step dance, and this year it’s coming back! Choreographed by Haley Doherty (II), Caitlin Greene (II), and Caitlin Connolly (III), the Irish dance will contain a short section with soft shoe dancing and a larger section with the hard shoe dancing that was featured in last year’s concert. With the same pound music and intense foot movements, the Irish dance is one of the favorites in the lineup.
One of the last dances that strays from the ordinary in this years dance concert is salsa. Mr. Baker choreographed the salsa dance with a large ensemble cast. A lot of the dancers in the salsa dance had never had experience in the genre; they all came together and learned the intricate and difficult moves. Destiny Polk (III) says “the music and movements of the salsa dance are so different from other dances in this year’s concert.”
Although there is a multitude of dances that explore movement in other genres, the dance concert also features familiar styles that people may recognize from previous years. Although almost all of the dances are classified as modern, the styles and themes within each dance vary greatly. Choreographer Kirby Feagan (I) agrees, saying “each modern dance has it’s own flare that distinguishes it from the other dances.”
There are also two hip-hop dances that differ greatly from each other. Kali Robinson (I) and Gerard Denoeux (II) co-choreographed a hip-hop dance battle that focuses on popping and locking, while Hayley Fish (I) choreographed a hip-hop dance that incorporated the fun-spirited side of the genre. There is also a step dance featured in the program that includes members of the step team as well as other dancers that have never stepped before. The step number takes all different kinds of stepping and puts it into one dance.
This year’s dance concert clearly displays the wide variety of talent we have at Milton. Cali Giuggio (IV) promises “there will be something for everyone.” You’ll just have to come out to the show and see for yourselves. The show runs tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow at 7:00.
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