Dance Concert Sets Up to Dazzle
by Cate Robertson on Friday, February 26th, 2016
Since after Thanksgiving, students have been working hard in the dance studio choreographing, teaching, and learning dances to be performed in the Winter Dance Concert. Members of the Milton community look forward to Dance Concert for the entire year, as an incredible performance is always in store.
For the students involved, the final show is only one of the reasons they audition every year. Olivia Zhong (II), a choreographer this year, said, “One of the best parts is when we see all the different dances come together after all the hard work—they’re always so different and creative and beautiful.” This year, the dances are especially diverse, ranging across seven different styles with as an Indian routine, choreographed by Aeshna Chandra (I), closing out the first act.
Chandra has been doing Indian dance since she was little. For Milton, she designed a very active and colorful dance to represent the Indian festival Holi, also known as the festival of colors. She says, “It’s important to me to bring something I love so much to this school.” Her passion is sure to come through onstage.
This year’s lineup also features four separate hip hop routines: one choreographed by Solace Mensah-Narh (II), Aimee Chea (I), and Belle Chen (I), a second by Gavin Baker-Greene (I) and Cali Giuggio (I), another by science teacher Kevin Moy ‘05, and finally one by Gavin and Adam Bramson (I). A collaboration between Maya Slocum (II) and Spencer Evett (II) depicts a battle between ballet and hip-hop. Modern is another popular style this year, with five different routines. One is choreographed by dance teacher Kelli Edwards, and four are choreographed by students. Giuggio and Baker-Greene team up again, Sophie Cloherty (I) and Juliet Pesner (I) each go solo, and Julianna Rogoff (I) and Janice Chen (I) pair up for an interesting lyrical number based on short story Am I Blue? by Bruce Coville.
Percussive dances are also popular this year. Spencer and Sophie Clivio (III) are choreographing a tap dance, Solace, Olivia, and Juliana are putting together the step dance, and Chelsea Dougherty (I) and Solace are collaborating on a step-Irish step battle.
Winter Dance Concert promises to live up to the high expectations set by many of these students, and others, who have performed in the past. The first time all the students involved will get to see the show in its entirety will be for their first run-through on February 18th. For the rest of us rhythmically challenged audience members, we’ll have to anticipate the sure-to-be incredible show until March. The performances will take place on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th.
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