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Dance Concert 2017

Moriah Pretsky, Design Editor

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On Sunday, May 21, de Toledo’s dance program celebrated another fantastic dance concert.  

The evening included performances from the JArt modern dance class, the modern dance elective class, and the Dance 1, Dance 2, and Varsity teams.

There were a combination of Contemporary, Modern and Hip Hop dances.  

The show began with a dance choreographed by Mario Mosley, performed by Dance 2 and Varsity. This dance also competed at NUVO Dance Competition in January and won Silver.  

Throughout the rest of the first act, there were dances choreographed by Dan Bramlet, Kobi Rozenfeld, Dina Nelson, and the students.  

Highlights throughout the show included “Hallelujah,” by the modern dance elective. The powerful song and movements enticed the crowd.  

“Body Love,” performed by Varsity, had the crowd in tears. The poem that played behind the dance describes a young girls struggle with her body image.   

Lastly, Dance 1’s Hip Hop dance to “Coffee Shop” had the best costumes, as the dancers wore green aprons, looking like Starbucks employees.  

Sydney Gottlieb and Katie Schacht’s choreographed their own duo, “Like a River Runs,” which was beautiful and graceful. Their elegant costumes and dancing kept the audience wanting more.

Sophie Shpall and Melanie Anish’s duo, “Hometown Glory,” choreography by Amanda Gardner,   was really inspiring. The audience watched in amazement as the story of an amazing friendship unfolded in the dance.  

The second act opened with an energizing performance by Varsity to “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” choreographed by Lindsay Kerr.  

The Modern dance class performed an extraordinary and powerful dance, “I’m Not a Label.” The costumes were simple yet powerful. With tape covering the dancers’ mouths, the audience learned the meaning through movements and not words. The audience was even more in awe when the dancers ripped them off and threw the tape into the crowd. The choreography, done by the students themselves, matched the music perfectly, hitting every beat, giving even more passion to the message.   

Between every few dances, there were slideshows showing pictures, videos, behind the scenes footage, and a tribute to the graduating seniors. For the audience, the “behind the scenes” clips were really funny and a cool experience to see what it’s like to be a dancer at dTHS. The audience was able to appreciate what it’s like to be at a competition or convention.

The show ended with the senior dance. Karina Blankenstein, Rachel Kelly, Jessica Gillis, Sarah “Bow” Glaser, Sophie Shpall, and Sarah Lavin all performed beautifully in their last dance. The audience could feel the passion and commitment these seniors have put into this dance and into dance team for the past four years. At the end of the dance, each senior put on a jacket of their future college as a surprise to the audience, reminding us that life goes on. There will be a new and exciting stage in these dancers’ lives.

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