Winter Dance Concert 2018

If you’re someone that’s not sure about joining dance, you definitely should. It’s a great opportunity. And you’re not gonna feel like you don’t fit in, everyone has a place. And it’s just something that everyone that goes to Thornton should do because we have the opportunity to have the dance program that so many schools don’t have, so you should take advantage of it.

Photo credit: David Hanright

On January ninth and tenth, the Thornton Academy dance program presented a Winter Dance Concert. All seven TA dance classes performed, along with the Dance Company, Community Dance Project, and Ballroom Club. In total, over 200 students performed at the two shows.

The show presented all kinds of dance styles, from contemporary to jazz, ballroom, and hip hop. Dance classes performed one to three dances, while dance company performed a total of 11 numbers.

Some of the fan favorites numbers included “Where They From”, a Dance Company hip hop number choreographed by Kate Truman as well as “Advice for Girls” choreographed by Sarah Choroszy and performed by the Thornton Academy Dance Company.

Dance Company leader Emily Camire ‘18 says the changes between dance numbers are always a struggle. “I’m in 15 numbers, the quick changes in between, having a 30 numbers show where you’re in half of the numbers is always gonna be a challenge. Quick change is essentially if you have two numbers back to back, you only get 15 seconds to change from one costume into another, whether it’s a leotard change, or tshirt, leggings, anything, so those can get kind of crazy, so organization is key. Trying to organize your costumes and make sure what you need to wear for a costume is on your body at the right time. I think just trying to find that organization balance can be really challenging.”

Senior Victoria Alaberti talked about how much work goes into the dance show and it’s preparation, “We’ve been preparing for the show since the beginning of the year. We even have numbers we’ve been doing since last year, so this has been a long time coming.”

Photo credit: David Hanright

Junior Valentina Flores ‘19 most enjoyed Choroszy’s number, “Advice For Girls”. “I liked the one about women ‘Advice for Girls’ because they were standing up, and showing what’s really happening. I really love how at the ending they were speaking in their own voices and I felt like they were speaking for the women that are not heard. I felt really inspired. It was empowering to see.”

Morgan Lamarre ’18 who has been a member of Dance Company for three years now said, “’I’m most excited about a piece choreographed by Nolan Eisenhauer because I’m one of the leads in it, and I really like how he choreographed it, and what we get to do in it. I’m not really nervous because I’m not dancing in a ton of pieces, but I am helping people with quick changes, so I’m a little nervous for that.”

Photo credit: David Hanright

Camire is a fan of Ms. Truman’s number,  “one of my favorite pieces in this show was Kate Truman’s hip hop number  ‘Where They From’ it was a really fun dance and she taught it to us in October and I think everyone in Company just loves her hip hop, it’s high energy, it’s so much fun, and it really shows our personalities. Some things that I thought were good in the show, usually in our nice dance shows the second show, our wednesday show is always better. It’s higher in energy, if we ever do a mistake on Tuesday night, Wednesday is the time to fix it. It’s our livestream show. It’s a lot of fun.” 

You can watch the livestream here:

https://livestream.com/TATVSaco/DancePerformance2018

“My favorite part about the show is probably seeing everyone come together to prepare for it and seeing the final product and how happy everyone is after the show,” says Genest. “If you’re someone that’s not sure about joining dance, you definitely should. It’s a great opportunity. You have so much people that either have background in dance or don’t. It’s really a great mix. And you’re not gonna feel like you don’t fit in, everyone has a place. And it’s just something that everyone that goes to Thornton should do because we have the opportunity to have the dance program that so many schools don’t have, so you should take advantage of it. It’s so much fun.”

At the end of the concert Dance Company leaders, Kaitlyn Genest ‘18 and Emily Camire ‘18 presented thank you flowers to the staff helping with the dance show: Emma Campbell, dance teacher, Dance Company, and Community Dance Project advisor, Alivia Cram, dance teacher, Kate Truman, Dance Company and Community Dance Program choreographer, Doug Stebbins, Auditorium Manager, Sarah Choroszy, choreographer, and Erin Fralley ‘18 for her help “behind the scenes”.

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