Senior Spotlight: Gerard Denoeux
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 6th, 2014
Although he appears shy and quiet from a distance, Gerard Denoeux (I) is a wildfire of passion and performance. In Gerard’s Milton career, many of his greatest accomplishments come from his contributions to the arts: he participated in the Winter Dance Concert in his freshman, junior, and senior years and co-directed and starred in the incredibly popular short film “Scooter Gang or Die.”
Gerard developed an interest in dancing in middle school after being exposed to it by a street dancer in Boston. However, it wasn’t until he arrived at Milton that his interest developed into a passion. Gerard describes his style of dance as “popping,” characterized by synchronized muscle contractions to create the illusion of an explosive jolt. He has actively involved himself in the Boston popping scene and has played a considerable role in Milton’s Dance Concert; one friend describes the stage as “a place that lets Gerard’s personality shine through and captivate the audience.” That’s not to say that Gerard’s talent is effortless, however: Gerard cites one of the most challenging experiences of his Milton career as co-choreographing this year’s Dance Concert with Science faculty member Kevin Moy ‘05. Being fairly new to choreography, Gerard found teaching novices to be a struggle, but he described the experience as one of the most rewarding he has had at Milton.
Gerard’s dedication and motivation provided him many opportunities to bask in the spotlight during the past four years; his 2014 short film co-production of “Scooter Gang or Die” with Brandon Rodriguez (I) was no exception. When asked about the film’s inspiration, he recalled a rainy day as a sophomore when he, alongside “Scooter Gang” star Brendon Piccinni (I) and co-producer and director Brandon Rodriguez, rode down to Lower Mills on scooters. As they returned through the Student Center, an onlooker described them as a scooter gang- thus, the Scooter Gang was born. Later, when tasked with creating a short film in Advanced Moving Image, Gerard and his friends chose to build upon the idea of a scooter gang and spent countless hours working to create a film worthy of its great success.
Aside from his artistic contributions, Gerard has dedicated much of his time to his dorm, Goodwin House, where he has served as this year’s House Monitor. To Gerard, Goodwin is unique in its inclusive atmosphere in which members all of four classes feel comfortable with one another. Gerard describes its residents as “weird in the best way possible” and cites his dorm’s eccentricity as being the source of the many entertaining shenanigans that have taken place during his time there.
Next fall, Gerard will be attending George Washington University. As he leaves Milton, Gerard offers some advice for younger students: “Always consider the potential benefit of trying something new. I didn’t branch off and try new things as much as I could have, but when I did, I found myself taking away lessons that I could not have expected. You never know what small decisions will have an enormous impact on the rest of your life.”
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