Dance Concert Shakes King Up
by Kat Feary on Friday, March 7th, 2014
The annual Winter Dance Concert has become a staple at Milton Academy. Traditionally, each night of the show is packed with students, friends, and family, all excited to see what this year’s performers will bring to the stage.
The dancers participating in the event spend the entire winter season preparing, carefully learning their steps. Several talented senior and junior students have spent even more time in King’s dance studios, choreographing, teaching and perfecting.
This year’s performance is sure to be dynamic, featuring many different types of dance and a diverse set of participants. Haley Dougherty (I), a three-year Dance Concert veteran, remarked, “It looks like it’s going to be a great show.” Haley choreographed her own Irish Step dance, which displays “nine dancers, more than in previous years.” Although the individual dances are rehearsed separately during the winter season, once tech week draws to a close, the show becomes more unified.
Many students, particularly seniors, participate in Dance Concert to try an activity outside their comfort zones. Most of us know Drew Jacobs (I) as a running back or center fielder; however, the senior is performing in his first Dance Concert this year, in which he’ll be shaking it to Destiny’s Childs’ “Bootylicious.” Jacobs looks forward to performing, “especially since a lot of the people participating are pretty sick dancers.”
There is an incredible amount of variety in this year’s concert, including salsa, hip-hop, step and ballet dances. Emmie Atwood (I) said, “It gets a little stressful just before the big production week, but this is true for any show. Dance Concert always comes together, with people learning where they need to be when, what the choreography is, and finally the magic comes together.”
This year’s show opened yesterday on Thursday, March 6th and will continue tonight and tomorrow night. The concert is an exciting piece of Milton’s tradition, and everyone should try to pick up a ticket while they are still available.
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