20 Years and Counting...
Sarah Mulchand '14
This year’s dance concert, which ran from December 29th through February 1st, marked the twentieth anniversary of dance concerts at SI. This two-hour anniversary concert featured revivals of dances choreographed over the past twenty years, and the variety of choreographers and time periods was a delight.
Teacher and choreographer Ms. Julie Ferrari presented SI’s first dance concert, titled Baseball, Broadway and the Blues Brothers in 1994. Since then, Ms. Meredith Galvin ’97, Mr. Ted Curry ’82 and Ms. Katie Peterson have joined the dance faculty, choreographing pieces, teaching dance classes, and hiring guest dancers to work with SI dancers.
The show opened with a number choreographed by Mr. Ted Curry in 2007 called “Sing! Sing! Sing!,” a jazzy routine with a swing feel. Dancer Stephanie Wong ’14 described the opening number as a “fun dance combining different dance techniques, ranging from smooth, expressive arm motions to whipping hair.” The first act included several pieces in the style of the ’90s and a spunky, big-attitude piece called “Um....” The final number before intermission featured soloist Jessica David ’14 sparkling in a silver tutu and en pointe, while darker spirits in black leotards invaded like an evil forest come alive.
The number “Passages,” choreographed by Mr. Ted Curry and performed at the Performing Arts Assembly a few weeks ago, was one of only two original numbers in the con- cert. Members of the class of 2014 in Dance Workshop collectively choreographed the other number as a farewell. The arrangement reflected the diversity of talents in the graduating class, featuring hip-hop, tap, contemporary ballet and jazz to the tune of “Pompeii” by Bastille.
At the end of the show, Flo Wash ’14 expressed her admiration, saying, “There is so much talent in the dance department here at SI!” If you missed the Winter Dance Concert, be sure to attend the Spring Dance Showcase in May, which will feature many pieces choreographed by individual members of the senior class.
Jessica David '14 twirls magestically
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