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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Fine Arts


20 Years and Counting...

Sarah Mulchand '14
Contributing Editor

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


Posted by on Sunday March, 2, 2014


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