HS Dance performance marks return of in-person productions

HS Dance presented "Inure" on Thursday, April 22 on the blacktop behind the school with audience members watching in socially distant groups on the back field. Featured senior choreographers included: Serena Mukherji '21, Somya Singh '21, Erika Galli '21, and Gillian Flatt '21.
By Caren Lyons, HS Dance Teacher 

On Thursday, April 22, live performance returned to 2000 Edgehill as HS Dance presented "Inure," a mixed repertory bill boasting a diverse array of dance styles including jazz, tap, modern, and lyrical, on the blacktop behind the school marking the first in-person student production since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

Through great feats of determination, discipline, and ingenuity, HS spring dance students presented an evening filled with laughter, joy, togetherness, and, of course, dance.

Dance's ability to bring people together, building cohesion and connection, was on prominent display. The impromptu rehearsal for After School students and the show's finale, which had audience members of all ages moving and shaking, were noteworthy highlights.

The showcase was the result of the evolution of a concept initiated by dancers in the fall semester. Intermediate students demonstrated their swift mastery of tap dance fundamentals, which were integrated into the curriculum this year, as well as their continued growth as artists and technicians in jazz and ballet.

Meanwhile, advance students finally had the opportunity to perform their self-choreographed pieces, presenting concepts many began to envision last spring. The production featured a special piece by MS students in Dance Teacher Marcee Murphree's class, too. Most importantly, the dancers got to return to performing in person, thereby lifting the spirits of both those on stage and those in the audience.

My deepest gratitude goes out to the dancers and the entire USN community who helped make this performance a reality. I am so excited to continue to see the growth of these students and our school's dance program.

For more from HS Dance, watch "Burning Room" choreographed by fall semester student Natalie Wright '21 or view the fall semester digital showcase on YouTube.

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