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The Milton Measure

The Long-Awaited Winter Dance Concert Did Not Disappoint

by on Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The annual Winter Dance Concert has become a highlight of Milton’s school year. Students and faculty alike pack into King Theater to witness the brilliance performance that Milton dancers bring to the stage. Unsurprisingly, Friday tickets sold out within minutes of being released, and Thursday and Saturday continued to fill throughout the week.

Going into Dance Concert last Friday night, I, of course, expected a great performance. The event has a history of dazzling audience members. By 7:00 pm, students and teachers filled most of King’s seats. There were more people with tickets awaiting entry right outside, and even more without tickets hoping to be allowed in. As the lights went down, Kelli Edwards, the mastermind behind all things dance at Milton, tried to contain the roaring applause and enthusiasm. The excitement of Dance Concert had officially begun.

This year’s dance concert was certainly a diverse program. From hip hop to modern, African to Irish, many genres of dance were covered throughout the night. “Amor Traicionero,” a latin routine choreographed by Desi Rosas (I) and Shalimar Pujols (IV) kicked off the night. Upbeat and fun, the dance certainly set the vibe for the night. Solace Mensah-Narh (I) choreographed “Bad and Gucci,” a clever play on Migos’ hit “Bad and Boujee,” (along with fellow senior Freddy Okito) and “ControlYUHH,” two contemporary hip hop pieces. Stringing milly rocks and other references to present day hip hop culture, these dances had the audience roaring with support. Mr. Moy’s dance was reminiscent of classic hip hop with an old school, dance battle. The routine featured Mr. Moy, a fan favorite, dressed down in shades, jeans, and a red tracksuit jacket as he acted as the official referee for the competition. With electric solos from every dancer in the routine and loud audience participation, “Movements of Battle” was a real crowd pleaser.

While these dances definitely had the audience cheering with approval, others left us speechless. “Bare” by Margot Bancroft (III), Joy Lee (I) , and Avery Lack (III) literally painted a beautiful message with a modern piece. “Try to Follow,” choreographed by Sophie Clivio (II) and Catie Wise (I) took my breath away. With beautiful choreography, the dancers incorporated a powerful message about mental illness and its effects. “Under Cover (2003)” by Ms. Edwards also wowed the audience. Including selections from a radio show, 1950s commercials, and the “James Bond Theme” song, the long routine really captivated everyone’s attention. “I really liked how unconventional it was,” commented Cecilia Guan (II). She added that “The ‘music’ consisted of these clippings all spliced together, so you really felt different narratives coming through about the people and the 1950s time period.” Audience members were amazed at the dance’s intriguing storyline, details, and intricacies.

Every year Dance Concert impresses the Milton Community, and this year was certainly not an exception. Those who watched were floored by the performances. “Dance Concert was so cool!” remarked Emma James (II). “It was awesome to see everyone showcase their talents,” commented Cecilia Guan (II).

Those who participated in Dance Concert also had a great time. Every year, the event allows novice dancers, especially juniors and seniors, the opportunity to try something new. “I like seeing all the people who are in dance concert for the first time start to enjoy it. That was my experience last year, so I like watching it,” said Jonathan WuWong (II).

Not many things take my breath away and give me life at the exact same time, but this year’s dance concert was one of the few things that have. The variety of dance styles, beautiful choreography, and extraordinary talent made the Dance Concert a remarkable show. It truly was nothing short of exceptional. If you didn’t get the chance to go, the Spring Dance Concert will be in May and the Winter Dance Concert will happen again around this time next year.

 

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